Based on the glimpses we've seen — not to mention its critical response thus far — it’s clear that the upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is nothing like the Melissa Joan Hart-led sitcom that ran from 1996 to 2003, or the Archie Comics spinoff from whence both shows came. And a new behind-the-scenes featurette drills that in.
The Kiernan Shipka-led Netflix series reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. Less Clarissa Explains It All and more Rosemary’s Baby-meets-The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature of half-witch, half-mortal while standing up against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.
As Shipka explains, Sabrina’s life has been that of a normal human girl — until she turns 16, at which point she’s “faced with the decision of signing her name in the Book of the Beast.”
Check it out below:
“This show and the ‘90s show are vastly different,” explains Lucy Davis, who plays Hilda Spellman. “There’s comedy in it. But it’s dark.”
According to Michelle Gomez, who plays Mary Wardwell: “It’s edgier. It’s thrilling.”
Adds Miranda Otto, who takes on the role of Zelda Spellman: “It’s very much in the horror vein.” And based on some of those shots of satanic-looking rituals, demonic beings snatching people from cornfields, and whatever the hells this is…
…they’re not kidding.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the pilot for the series and will executive-produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger.
Season 1 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix on Oct. 26.