After terrifying prospective study abroad students with his torture-porn Hostel series, pummeling Nazis to the delight of Tarantino fans and involving himself with a variety of projects from Snoop Dogg’s first video as Snoop Lion to a haunted house in Vegas called the Goretorium, Eli Roth is now executive-producing for television. His upcoming series, Hemlock Grove, joins the buzzy House of Cards and the upcoming season of Arrested Development in the burgeoning realm of Netflix-only shows, but has a much darker, angstier tone than either.
As seen in the trailer, mystery and family drama abound in the series, based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, with a good sprinkling of shouting and brooding, along with a werewolf or something. What’s a good mystery without a hairy, bloodthirsty beast in the middle, anyhow? The show’s events revolve around the murder of a teenage girl, and the prime suspects are Peter (Landon Liboiron), a young Gypsy from the rough part of town rumored to be said werewolf and Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard, brother of Alexander), heir to Hemlock Grove’s powerful Godfrey estate. The two team up to track down the real killer. Also of importance is Bill’s mother, Olivia, the Grand Dame of the Godfrey estate, played by former Bond villain Famke Janssen. Watch the drama unfold in the gloomily-lit trailer below.