‘Hemlock Grove’: Everything You Need To Know
By: Chris Jancelewicz & Annette Bourdeau
Date: April 18, 2013
Source: The Huffington Post Canada
Note: This is a snippet of an interview with the cast and crew of HEMLOCK GROVE during a press set tour on December 12, 2012 in Toronto. I have included the parts of the interview with AARON DOUGLAS below. To read the full interview, click HERE.
1. It feels more like a 13-hour movie than 13 one-hour episodes. “Like a novel, it’s designed to work as a whole,” explains McGreevy.
“The cool thing about doing it for Netflix is there are no act breaks,” adds Douglas. “You don’t have those shlocky breaks where you have to watch a soap commercial and then wait to find out what happens. It’s seamless in that way.”
“This is something completely fresh and new,” agrees Skarsgard. “You hear ‘werewolf’ and ‘vampire,’ and think ‘Oh, God, this is something I’ve seen a million times before.’ But our show takes that and reinvents it and makes it a weird, special, unique show. I hope people appreciate this as something that’s completely different.”
4. There’s plenty of family drama mixed in with the murder and monsters.
“[The Godfreys] really do argue over what’s for dinner,” says Joel de la Fuente, who plays Dr. Johann Pryce.
“I feel like humans are ultimately worse than monsters,” says Liboiron with a smile. “The town has normal people, like the sheriff [Douglas] … they’re all reacting to this supernatural energy that they can’t explain. You see them slowly progress into their deeper, darker spots and they can’t fully grasp the seriousness of the situation. As soon as things get a little out of control, humans can do some pretty wacky things.”
6. “Hemlock Grove” is not a show about werewolves and vampires.
“I don’t really see it as a vampires-and-werewolves kind of show at all,” says Douglas. “It says it right on the poster: ‘The Monsters Within,’ and it’s a human hand coming out of a creature … it’s more (at least for me) about the dramatic human interaction and how human beings are with one another when strange things start happening.”
“We get asked the ‘Twilight’ question a lot,” says the book’s author. “There are unavoidable parallels between my work and that series, but in no way did I write the book with that franchise in mind.”