HemLOCK grOVe Season Three
A bloody end
released OUT NOW! 2015 | N/a | available to stream
Showrunner Charles H eglee
Cast Famke Janssen, landon liboiron,
Bill skarsgard, Joel de la Fuente
Renewed and effectively cancelled at the same time, Hemlock Grove arrives for its third serving of horror, gore, secrets, sex and violence. And, as has been the norm for this series born from Brian McGreevy’s book, it’s an unwieldy mess.
The big problem is the tone, which wavers between campy Grand Guignol and quiet, doom-laden character work. Like some supernatural creature caught in the middle of a transformation, it ends up twisted, but unable to generate much in the way of scares or empathy. And even with the knowledge that this is the final chapter, and therefore allows the writers to detonate plot bombs as they please, the end is a whimper rather than a bang.
We’re back in the mysterious small Pittsburgh town where monsters lurk and weirdness is an everyday occurrence. As usual, vampire-like Upir Roman (Bill Skarsgard) and werewolf Peter (Landon Liboiron) continue their bromance as they hunt for Roman’s baby Nadia, snatched at the end of last season by a winged creature that had been masquerading as the town’s doctor. Their storyline seems to wend through the same old corridors, with lots of arguing but little substance.
If there’s a true bright spot, it’s Madeleine Martin as Roman’s troubled sister Shelley, who’s always been the real heart of the show. She finally gets to enjoy a taste of true happiness, and even romance, as all around her collapses into chaos. Everything else either falls into vague fun or laughably dumb. Overall you feel rather more glad than sad that it’s all coming to a close. James White
New cast member Camille De Pazzis began her career as a model, discovered on the streets of Paris by Jean Paul Gaultier.