Netflix’s ‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Casts A Wickedly Wonderful Coming-Of-Age Spell [Review]

The Playlist | 10/15/2018 | Julia Teti
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The witching hour is most definitely upon us, and as Halloween draws near, streaming giant Netflix is adding a new original series to its ever-growing catalog of titles. Inspired by the Archie comic of the same name, “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina” is a spooky and stylish adaptation of the devilish coming-of-age tale. However, don’t expect this to be a reboot of the late-’90s “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” as ‘Chilling Adventures’ has more in common with the CW’s “Riverdale” than the ABC sitcom. A cousin of sorts to “Riverdale,” “Sabrina” dabbles in the occult with just the right ingredients to brew an entertaining concoction for the coven to enjoy.

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” based on the comic book story written by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is the latest Archie comic to make the leap to TV. However, unlike the aforementioned “Riverdale,” which has a heavy dose of teen melodrama with a side of David Lynch-ian mystery, ‘Chilling Adventures’ is whole-heartedly a horror series. For those not familiar with the comic book of the same name, ‘Chilling Adventures’ opens to the world of Greendale, where Sabrina Spellman must decide on her 16th birthday if she will sign herself over to The Dark Lord, embracing her witch side, or maintain the mortal life she has come to know, with the friends she loves. Naturally, all Hellfire breaks loose. It’s up to Sabrina and the cast of characters to confront the dark forces of both worlds.

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As a town that seems perpetually stuck in the mood for Halloween, Greendale mimics every detail of the holiday. There are decorations, cobwebs, and dimly-lit rooms that feel more haunting than inviting. The entirety of the Spellman house is like a menagerie of long-forgotten, spooky bobbles. The production design and overall style is engrossing and doesn’t let up for a second,...
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