Chill­ing Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina Net­flix

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Net­flix’s Hal­loween­tas­tic new teen hor­ror com­edy is based on the same comic-book source as Melissa Joan Hart’s 1990s sit­com Sab­rina The Teenage Witch – but this ain’t your mama’s Sab­rina. Re­vamped by Riverdale’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, there’s still sparky fun, but the show is in­fin­itely darker, with gen­uinely scary mo­ments, and sur­pris­ing amounts of Satanism. Kier­nan Shipka (aka Mad Men’s Sally Draper) plays the teenage half-witch who, on the eve of her 16th birth­day, must de­cide whether to stay with her mor­tal bud­dies and boyfriend, or go fully over to the dark, mag­i­cal side. Set in a stylised, retro-tinged present, it’s like Harry Pot­ter meets Rose­mary’s Baby, via Tim Bur­ton. Salem the talk­ing cat is back, but it’s the inim­itable Michelle Gomez who steals scenes as the de­monic spirit who pos­sesses Sab­rina’s teacher.

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