‘Hemlock Grove’ first look: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard in Season 2

May 27, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.
Famke Janssen in a scene from Season 2 of Netflix's "Hemlock Grove." (Steve Wilkie/Netflix)

Famke Janssen in a scene from Season 2 of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.” (Steve Wilkie / Netflix)

Famke Janssen is in matriarch mode as Olivia Godfrey in a new image for Season 2 of Netflix’s supernatural horror show, “Hemlock Grove,” which premieres with 10 episodes on July 11.

Hero Complex readers can check out two new images from the series, based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and executive produced by torture porn enthusiast Eli Roth.

Set in a small Pennsylvania town, “Hemlock Grove” centers on the friendship between Roman (Bill Skarsgard), the young heir to the Godfrey family fortune, and a recent arrival, a gypsy named Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron). As the second season opens, the pair is dealing with the fallout from a deadly massacre, and Roman specifically is wrestling with a fractured relationship with his mother (Janssen) and the disappearance of his sister Shelley (Madeleine Martin).

From left, Madeline Brewer, Bill Skarsgard, Kaniehtiio Horn and Landon Liboiron in a scene from the season season of Netflix's "Hemlock Grove." (Steve Wilkie/Netflix)

From left, Madeline Brewer, Bill Skarsgard, Kaniehtiio Horn and Landon Liboiron in a scene from the second season of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.” (Steve Wilkie / Netflix)

The cast also includes features Dougray Scott, Madeline Brewer, Joel de la Fuente and Kaniehiio Horn.

“Hemlock Grove” arrived last spring to mixed reviews, with some critics objecting to the show’s narrative structure and pacing (though others praised it as campy fun). Viewers responded, however —  Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings told analysts after its premiere last year that the series was watched by more subscribers in its first few days than its high-profile sister show “House of Cards,” the political drama starring Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Southern schemer.

For “Hemlock Grove’s” second season, executive producer Charles “Chic” Eglee, whose previous television credits include “The Walking Dead” and “Dexter,” was brought on as showrunner, taking over from McGreevy and his writing partner, Lee Shipman, along with Mark Verheiden, who oversaw Season 1.

With its photogenic cast, supernatural themes and bursts of bloody violence, “Hemlock Grove” has been compared to “Twilight,” “True Blood” and even an R-rated version of “Grimm.” It certainly belongs to the latest wave of television horror, a class of shows including FX’s “American Horror Story” and the network’s upcoming Guillermo del Toro vampire series, “The Strain,” which is set to premiere July 13.

Are you looking forward to the next season of “Hemlock Grove”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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15 Responses to ‘Hemlock Grove’ first look: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard in Season 2

  1. lburst says:

    Am I looking forward to season 2? Hell, yeah! Counting the days!

  2. Lisa Nelson Jones says:

    I have been on pins and needles waiting to see if Olivia is coming back!! Yes!!!! Love, love, love this show and cast. I wouldn’t insult it by daring to compare it to Twilight garbage- but I do think it falls within the realm of American Horror. I can’t wait!! I’ve watched the series about 10 times straight through and will re-watch closer to season 2.

  3. Sean says:

    This was a fun show to work on. Enjoyed seeing the end result.

  4. Sandra says:

    The show is cleverly crafted and keeps you guessing about the motives of the characters. Certainly looking forward to season 2. Pleasantly different, amazing cast and high calibre acting

  5. Sally says:

    this is one series you cant have enough of it!cant wait for season 2

  6. Kimberly says:

    I am so excited and on the edge of my seat waiting for season two. This is an amazing story and I will be hooked until the end!

  7. Ebony says:

    Can't wait to see season 2! Wished I would have known about this show at first… Found it the other day and could not stop watching until the last episode and now I'm ready for season 2! Counting the days

  8. Lena says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series much to my surprise and can't wait for the start to season 2. I watched all episodes in 2 days. Each episode kept me guessing. Just when I really thought I'd figured the killer out, I was blindsided. Good work!

  9. Tiffany Jones says:

    Yes! Can not wait now I have been waiting and wondering if there was going to be a season 2. I absolutely love this show, and I get in to very few shows but I didn’t even hesitate after the first episode and zoomed straight through the first season. I was sooo upset for it to be over. This show is amazingly creative hands down to the creator it is nothing like anything I have watched before!

  10. Libby says:

    They use the house that my father was raised in! (Duarte, California). That house has been used in several movies. My dad and his family were there from 1918 to the early 1950s. Still pretty weird to see his house.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Just watched all of season one to hold me over! Can't wait!

  12. none says:

    The show deserves more credit than being lumped in with Twilight and it has way too much plot and character development to put in the same category of Eli Roth's garbage slasher trash. It pays homage to past horror characters and echoes genuine classics. The show is just of a higher caliber than anything it gets compared to. I think that holds back viewership.

  13. Sharon says:

    Cannot wait, going to start Season 1 over this weekend just to get me ready.

  14. Jen says:

    Compared to twilight??? Not in this life time !

    Just watched season one again…. Cannot wait to see what season two has in store for my viewing pleasure;)

    Love it too death;p

  15. ACase says:

    Excited for season 2. Agree with comments re: better than twilight, in both acting and plot & character development. Keep up the good work Netflix. Between Hemlock and The Killing I'm hooked and haven't been watching regular tv for months!

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