Did this new take on Sabrina Spellman’s story manage to cast its spell on me?
I’ll be honest, I never really watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Sure, I did watch the odd episode when it was on TV but I could never call myself a fan. But when it comes to Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that is probably a good thing, as this show is far more dark than its late 90’s predecessor. Based off of the comic book of the same, the show follows Sabrina as she struggle to find her place in world.
In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like its Hallowe’en; there lived a girl who is half witch, half mortal, who on her sixteenth birthday would have to choose between two worlds: the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.
Episode 1, Chapter 1: October Country, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
So, after watching the first two episodes, what did I think? Well, I loved it! Everything about this show oozes with an unsettling atmosphere, easily convincing you that in Greendale it is always Halowe’en. Now, if you aren’t a fan of shows that have satanic elements in them, then you will want to give this one a pass, as the witches of Greendale aren’t cute white witches, but those that are in the service of Satan, who also makes an appearance. While I wouldn’t say the show was filled with jump scares, I would say that it still has plenty of unsettling and horrifying moments, a scene involving an abandoned mine and another with a scarecrow in a cornfield maze spring to mind.
A special mention has to go to Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina, as her believable performance is definitely one of the selling points of the show. In all honesty, there is not a single bad performance in the show, which is a rare thing. Aunt Hilda and Ambrose are also becoming firm favourites with me. I will say that the supernatural characters definitely stand out more than Sabrina’s ‘normal’ friends but they do get the more interesting scenes to preform in. I suppose I should add that Salem does feature, but like everything else with this show, his very different to his previous incarnations.
Overall, I think that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is definitely more a treat than a trick from Netflix and has charmed me into watching the rest of the season. However, I will reiterate that if you don’t like horror or darker topics like Satanism, then you will probably want to avoid this show.
Have you seen The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Share you thoughts below in the comments!
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