Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review: Kiernan Shipka Casts an Irresistible Spell in Netflix's Scary-Good Reboot

TVLine | 10/15/2018 | Dave Nemetz
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‘Tis the season for TV witches: From Charmed to American Horror Story, a veritable coven of spell casters is invading the small screen just in time for Halloween. But it’s hard to imagine any of them finding a way to top Netflix’s long-awaited Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. A vividly imagined and surprisingly playful blend of Gothic horror and pitch-black comedy, this new Sabrina (debuting Friday, Oct. 26) fully embraces the campy pulpiness of its source material, and might be the most purely fun new series of the fall.

In the idyllic town of Greendale, “where it always feels like Halloween,” we meet teen witch Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), the kind of girl who giggles her way through a screening of Night of the Living Dead. She’s half witch, half human, and hopelessly torn between two worlds as her pivotal 16th birthday approaches. Will she remain in the world of humans — and stay with Harvey (Ross Lynch), her sweetly dopey boyfriend — or will she embrace her witchy side by undergoing a ceremonial “dark baptism”? It’s your typical teen coming-of-age story… with one **** of a supernatural twist.

Sabrina - Hails - Riverdale - Creator - Roberto

Sabrina hails from Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and here, he gets to indulge in the kind of weird genre flourishes that Riverdale can only flirt with. (Like Riverdale, Sabrina takes place in a retro-tinged alternate universe where cell phones and malt shops somehow coexist.) Thankfully, Sabrina is more tongue-in-cheek and self-aware than Riverdale is ever allowed to be; the Riverdale teens never seem to recognize how ridiculous their circumstances are. Sabrina‘s characters rattle off arcane witchcraft lore with ease, but never take it too seriously, sporting a macabre sense of humor reminiscent of the Addams Family films.

It doesn’t skimp on the scares, either. In the three episodes I’ve seen, Sabrina delivers a number of...
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