Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix
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.