Hemlock Grove Season 2 – Behind The Scenes Featurette (Plus Gallery) Reveals Tons of Gory Practical Effects

“If you ever come back here again, it won’t be your tongue I rip out, it’ll be your lungs.”

We were hoping to post another breakdown of how the practical effects for another grisly werewolf transformation were done (hopefully by Greg Nicotero again), since the season 2 premiere featured another great one. Maybe Netflix will add one to their You Tube channel (we’ll keep our eyes, well, peeled) but in the meantime, there’s a great behind-the-scenes featurette that shows more gore than the red band trailer we posted before. Check it out below – this season is sick! We’re only halfway through and can confirm it might even be more twisted than Season 1…

…and of course,  we’d be remiss not to put up a screencap gallery (click on an image to enlarge, but warning, at least one of the scenes these depict made us wince and curl our toes when watching the episode):

So far, this season is less of a slow burn than season one (sticking to ten episodes was a smart idea). You can check out all ten episodes on Netflix any time, because they all premiered today.

“It’s just fucked up, is what it is!” – Olivia, Season 2 of Hemlock Grove


See the Hemlock Grove Season Two Red-Band Trailer For “Fearless Audiences Only”!

Okay! This makes us feel a little better about the upcoming season of Hemlock Grove than reading the Variety review did (they really hated it). 

According to the “warning” before the red band trailer, it’s intended for “Fearless Audiences Only” due to excessive bloodletting, fever dreams, and… what the hell, just give the trailer a watch to find out!

Looks like we’ll get answers to (or at least a continuation of) some of the cliff-hangers. Apparently, it’s possible to actually re-grow your severed tongue if you’re a blood relative of Roman’s family.

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Speaking of fucked-up messed-up things that took place during Hemlock Grove’s first season, we made a list of ten of them; you can read it by clicking right here (some spoilers, so tread lightly if you haven’t seen season one yet and plan to).

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Also, we have a link to an entire prequel in graphic novel form (it’s a.pdf file), and it’s worth checking out for some insights.  Hopefully there’ll be a featurette like last season where they go behind the scenes of some gruesome scene with KNB EFX. If so, you can bet your leeches that you’ll see it as soon as we find it!

All ten episodes are available at once on July 11th. If you want to start watching after midnight on July 10th, check for it at 12:01. We were really, REALLY excite to binge out on Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black,” but when we tried to access it on Comcast at about 12:15, the network was down (or at least Comcast crashed)  because so many fans had the same plan and HAD to watch it the second it was available. Hemlock Grove Season 2 isn’t wildly popular like OITNB, but we thought we’d give you heads-up just in case.


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We’re gonna take a wild guess that this warning was Eli Roth’s idea.



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Ten F*cked-Up Things That Happen On Hemlock Grove (Semi-Spoiler-y)

So, we’ve watched all the Hemlock Groves episodes; in fact we were done by Saturday.*  It wasn’t memorable enough to want to write about immediately, so we’ve been making a list of ten “pros and cons” about the Netflix series (and it’ll show up) to help you decide if it’s worth watching if you’re on the fence.

These aren’t necessarily dirty due to sexual content (like the  10F-UTTH on Spartacus or the Sons of Anarchy list), but it is sort of… well… fucked-up. I left a few very nasty things out for spoiler-ish reasons and hey, if you do decide to watch it, you’ve got some twists and shockers to look forward to.

So here they are in no particular order and remember: hey, don’t look at us, we’re just documenting this!

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1. A character has their neck broken, and most of the upper body, including their entire chest area is skinless (we don’t see any farther down than that). They were flayed alive. We’re not sure if the neck-breaking (indicating they can’t feel anything from the neck down, meaning feeling no pain) happened before, after, or during the flaying. We do hear some SERIOUS agonized screaming coming from off camera when the attack starts, however.

2. Someone is buried alive (accidentally… at least that’s how it’s presented in the reveal).**

(Note: The following combo is in the transformation clip a ton of viewers have watched, and was shown at WonderCon, AND used heavily for PR by the show, so I’m not considering it a huge spoiler).

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How the hell does he transform back afterwards?

Two parter here: 3. During a grisly, painful-looking transformation into a wolf, a young man’s human eyes are pushed out from inside his skull and land on the (dirty) ground; his human teeth soon join the eyeballs.

4.-after the transformation is complete, the rags and scraps of discarded flesh left over of the young man (since he was torn apart from the inside out by the wolf literally tearing/pushing out of various areas of the body) lay steaming on the ground; the wolf  happily eats them up.

5. Early on in the series, a teenage girl (named “Brooke Bluebell”) who was viciously attacked by a wolf is discovered ripped in half. Only her nude top half is found, and she’s a shredded-up mess from midpoint-down, then everything else is missing.

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6. The girl who finds her body kisses her corpse on the mouth (she says she figured the whole thing was a prank and the bullies who are trying to scare her were hiding and watching. You’ll have to watch to find out more on that).

7. A body (just the upper half) is exhumed to further investigate cause of death (other than being separated from the lower half). This gets really really, ugly and messy –trust me, at least one person ends up vomiting all over.  KNB EFX is involved (doing the gore, not in the actual scene).

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Oh sure, it starts OUT innocently enough…

8. A gypsy girl (during a ritual) eats a rotting piece of flesh, then minutes later pukes her guts out (the flesh she ate, not her own actual guts, though that wouldn’t have surprised me by then). The camera shows that the vomit on the floor contains a live maggot.

9. During another tasteful gypsy ritual scene, a dead body is hung upside down from a tree by one leg, then decapitated (I’d have to watch the episode a second time to ascertain what exactly motivated this ritual, and if it actually achieved its purpose).

10. A young girl is revealed to have a sort of thick vestigial tail. Things get nasty when she decides on impulse to do some self-surgery to remove it.

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*Partially binge-watch, partially ‘try to get my mind off the fact that Spartacus had its series finale and there’s no new episode this Friday, and there won’t be any again’

**if you have watched Hemlock Grove (the entire series) and missed this moment, go to the Horror Boom Spoiler-A-Rama page and I’ll point out A. when it is and B. who–it’s not in-your-face ASAP or anything, almost missed it myself.

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Special Effects Deliver Gore Galore in Netflix Show ‘Hemlock Grove’ – Howard Berger of KNB EFX

KNB EFX – still the best, and out favorite, in practical gore effects (going back to Nicotero’s work in Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn…actually, before that). What’s “gore galore” to most might be a medium amount of gore for us (and we’re also far from ‘squeamish’), but we agree 100% with the “raw, visceral” part. Plus, the eyeballs were a great touch. Check out the cool concept art!

Don’t miss the KICK-ASS Hemlock Grove Featurette: Dissecting the Werewolf Transformation (Shock Till You Drop Exclusive)

Apologies; this was supposed to up on Saturday and we’re still trying to figure out why it didn’t publish, but hey! It’s here now! Click on the big red link below to see just how they did some of the awesome effects. It includes interviews with Eli Roth, Lily Taylor, and the werewolf himself, the easy-on-the-eyes (when he’s not transforming):

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Landon Liboiron as Peter Rumancek …plus lots more. Click on the big red link below to take a gander…

Exclusive Hemlock Grove Featurette: Dissecting the Werewolf Transformation | Shock Till You Drop.


Not sure this is the best werewolf transformation in horror as they claim that they aimed for, we’re still partial to The Howling. Guess you never do forget your first (especially if you saw it in a theater when you were probably, in retrospect, too young).  The Hemlock Grove transformation isn’t too shabby, however –especially if you’re sick of seeing the 2-second long (tops) morphs on True Blood.

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Check Out Entertaining, Twisted New “Hemlock Grove” Red Band Trailer – NSFW, HD (Toothbrush Not Included)

“From director Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, with Famke Janssen (“X-Men”), Bill Skarsgård (“Simon & The Oaks”), Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova“), Penelope Mitchell (“6 Plots”), Freya Tingley (“X”), and Dougray Scott (“Mission Impossible II“). Sexy, gripping, emotional and twisted, Hemlock Grove is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.”

We don’t know about that, but after seeing this we’re sure going to give it a chance.

Well! Hemlock Grove suddenly looks a lot more watchable than the first trailer we saw several months ago, despite the always-entertaining Famke Janssen playing another fun femme fatale and the promise of “a small town filled with secrets”.

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Now we’re talking flesh covered in maggots (see horrific photo in gallery below),  a young guy enthusiastically doing blow off a glass coffee table, screaming characters covered in their own blood, intense sex scenes that look like they might be on the verge of turning animalistic, grisly werewolf transformation shots, a chick suddenly vomiting up a gallon or so of some unnatural-looking mealy white goop including a live maggot, a girl kissing the upper half of a female corpse (the bottom half is raggedly torn off and nowhere to be seen), Nazis exhuming a corpse*, two good-looking (and very alive this time) young women making out, even a couple of lines showing a sense of humor, including a nod to one of the most well-known lines from John Carpenter’s The Thing (you’ll know it when you see it).  Wow, House of Cards ( the most recent other Netflix Original Series) might have had the sex and some substance abuse, but only metaphorical back-stabbing and ripping to pieces. Check out the new HD trailer below- it’s much more flashy –and splashy– than the teaser, we’ll give it that! In case the descriptions above didn’t clue you in (pretty sure 99% of readers already got the gist) it’s definitely NSFW.

Though Eli Roth’s name is featured prominently in all the advertising, making it seem like he created all aspects of Hemlock Grove and was involved in every episode, IMDB shows that technically, his involvement is limited to executive-producing three episodes. Well, we’re more interested in his next project being Green Inferno than we would a series.

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Doesn’t mean it’s all bad, though. And if it is good, you can wolf down mainline all 13 episodes starting this Friday, April 19th on Netflix.

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Check out the gallery below for a few more screencaps…

*or apparently a corpse, they’re climbing down into a freshly dug-up grave and opening a coffin, looking very interested.

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