‘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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