Netflix is expanding their original programming slate with another new show, a murder mystery called “Hemlock Grove” set to be executive produced and directed by Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth. The series will be led by X-Men star Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard (son of Stellan) and “centers around the murder of a young girl in a ravaged Pennsylvania steel town.”
The series is based on a book by Brian McGreevy, and Amazon has the official plot synopsis here:
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.
Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.
Sounds like it has just the right amount of twisted potential to fit Eli Roth’s filmmaking style, and in the director’s own words, Netflix has “the creative freedom to go as dark as the story needs.” “Grove” joins the likes of “Lilyhammer,” David Fincher’s upcoming “House of Cards,” and the rejuvenated “Arrested Development” as the latest in Netflix’s move toward creating their own content and making it available only through the streaming service.