Eli Roth's 'Hemlock Grove' to premiere on Netflix in April
On the heels of the announcement that the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix in May, the popular streaming service has revealed that they will make available all 13 episodes of Eli Roth's supernatural series Hemlock Grove on April 19.
Based on a novel written by series creator Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove revolves around the murder of a young high school girl in a former steel community that has recently become home to a biotech company, and explores the bizarre collection of characters connected to it. "There's no shortage of monsters on the show and they tend to fall on different varieties – like what separates a human from a monster," McGreevy told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, during the first-ever Netflix presentation at the semi-annual event. "The short answer to how supernatural the show is, is very."
"The conception behind the novel and also the series," he added later, "was that it was going to be a character drama first, and then the genre elements were just going to be a metaphor for these people's internal states."
Although executive producer Eli Roth is known for his graphically violent feature films, McGreevy notes that he did not want to turn Hemlock Grove into Hostel: The TV Series. "The way that he sees the world and that we, the writers, see the world is that emotional violence and physical violence are not actually that unrelated, and we're very attracted to both," he said.
McGreevy also discussed why Netflix became a prime destination for the new series, which was originally envisioned for a premium cable network such as HBO or Showtime. "One of the reasons why Netflix was so attractive to us was because we knew that they had this straight through series model," he explained. "When we were looking at the architecture of the overall season, on one hand, when you're trying to get a pilot sold, you approach story differently than you would when you're looking at the entire thing as essentially a 13-hour movie adaptation of a novel. That being said, the hope is that there are wildly interesting things happening on a regular basis."