As a college student I spent the entire semester waiting for free time in summer so that I could go outside and explore the city. But like the typical student, I have barely dented my list of activities. So what have I been up to for the past month? Same as most other people my age, I have been watching Netflix. As one might expect it can be very addicting, especially when it comes to TV shows. Recently I started watching the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove. I don’t usually like violence or horror, but when I read the description I had to check it out.
“In the shadows of a rusted Pennsylvania steel town, the mangled body of a teenage girl is discovered. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly arrived gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan. In the twisted world of Hemlock Grove, everyone hides a dark secret. From director Eli Roth (“Hostel”) comes a chilling supernatural series based on Brian McGreevy’s novel.”
Pennsylvania steel town? Does that mean somewhere in Pittsburgh? Well yes and no. It is a fictional town in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, but there certain elements that blend the line between fact and fiction. My favorite is the striking similarities between the lab where the mad scientist works and the Cathedral of Learning. Every time it comes across my screen I just want to yell “Let’s go Pitt!”
While I wouldn’t say this is my favorite show I do love the references to Western PA. So, if gruesome supernatural stories interest you I recommend you check out the show. If not, at least check out the series trailer.