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Unfortunately, watching the whole thing was less like some kind of insane, bloody feast of oohs and aahs and surprises, and more like eating $28 of McDonald's in your car late at night.
The show, created by writer Brian McGreevy, has no center -- it's a lurching combination of muted delivery and crazy happenings.
Hemlock Grove overall falls well short of anything resembling sustained brilliance.
This Grand Guignol will keep you guessing, which in turn may keep you watching. But you better have a strong stomach.
It's a high-concept, low-budget genre-busting gothic horror soap that's full of non sequiturs, loose ends, dead ends and split ends.
Hemlock Grove doesn't rely on gore; there are some real characters here too.
This bingeable 13-episode season isn't a taut small-town thriller, nor a glorious horror soap; in fact, it's sometimes downright boring.
Okay, Hemlock Grove. I don't like you and you clearly don't like me or anyone else that cares about things like pacing or compelling narratives, so let's just get this over with.
When it fails, it's a clunky, hackneyed mess. But for the bulk of the running time it's veering wildly in between, making for oddly compulsive viewing.
The often hackneyed CGI is endearing rather than enraging. When the dialogue and acting are bad -- and oh my, they can be very, very bad -- they're not grating. Instead, these flaws are lost in a show that is beautifully filmed and splendidly paced.
Audience Reviews for Hemlock Grove: Season 1
Feb 22, 2021The series started strong, with the first season being the best of them.
Jan 26, 2021Couldn't get through the first season. Terrible writing. Story lines that don't make sense. Awful waste of time
Dec 21, 2020I don't understand why you all don't like the show . It's good , yeah sure , some scenes might not look super "real", but it's a great show!
Dec 08, 2020I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of the shows I have already watched, but it had a different twist in it. I really loved the show and 10/10 recommend to watch.
Nov 30, 2020A grotesquerie of ever-escalating gore, brutality, sexual violence and convoluted plots. Season 1 is the most benign of the three. If you're only interested in costumes, locations, decent acting and wonderful sets, this series delivers...if only you could filter out everything else. You know the script is problematic when the gypsy/werewolf protagonist, who shows every indication of being hygiene-challenged, must be complimented on his pleasant smell by his pregnant, 99 floors-above-his-station, wealthy teen girlfriend during an intimate roll-in-the-mold inside his crumbling, filthy, lichen-sprouting trailer. Pull out your large capacity Vitamix, add four or five hoary horror tropes, two cans of tomatoes, a pound of pig guts, and a couple of cups of snot and blend slowly. Watch the product for five minutes and save yourself many hours of masochism, not to mention affronts to human sensibility.
Oct 03, 2019This is as stupid and unbelievable as it gets
Sep 21, 2019The show starts out masterfully in season one. Everything is tight and controlled.
Sep 19, 2019I loved every episode, Critics must have been in the bathroom. I binged watched every episode.
May 31, 2019Can't understand why the ratings are so low. Best horror series I've seen in a long time. Great plot, acting is on point and literally had me hooked from the very start. 10/10
Mar 26, 2019Overall, I enjoyed the first season. The plot was a unique twist on the horror genre, as well as an interesting visual adaptation of the original novel. And yet, while the end of the series leaves us with plenty of questions, leaving them unanswered is considerably better than the two train-wreck seasons that followed. Honestly, just watch the first season and pretend that the other two don't exist. You'll have a much better time.