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Well, well.. the remake of the one of the best horror movies around: the story of the Gecko brothers, one messed up and one sound of mind, trying to escape the law all the while getting held up in bar till morning with a bunch of vampires. The story of the remake came out last year and the Gorehound, not having cable, didn’t think much of it but then this month it debuts on Netflix. So let’s break this series down into 4 parts as the Gorehound delves into the gore and violence.
The first 15 minutes were actually quite frustrating. I felt like The Geckos were just posers: trying to live up to Clooney and Tarantino who were such cool characters. For someone to try to replace them in pretty much the same scene? It’s damning. The premise of the show is clearly a remake though it is much more elaborate. The original was the typical hour and thirty but these episodes alone are 44 minutes. They allow for more elaborating, explaining, and talking and mind games. It’s not a bad thing because the Gorehound was glued for these 2 episodes and actually pried himself away.
The first fault of the show is lack of known characters. Besides Robert Patrick, I’ve never seen any of these randos. Albeit, there aint no way of getting as many stars from the original into this TV series: Clooney, Tarantino, Keitel, Juliet Lewis, Salma Hayak, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, and Tom Savini. Many of these characters weren’t popular at the time but this may have jump started them.
There is violence, yelling, and some blood already. That’s a definite good thing. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series. It’s entertaining. The Gorehound steers clear of TV shows because they’re simply not long enough… but the questions remain “How does Richie have these abilities? Will there be a reference to the sex machine (aka the Godfather of Gore)?” Mostly, I want them to get to the bar to see the excitement.
To the films credit, Tarantino and Rodriguez are heavily involved with all 10 episodes. It’s clearly not a 100% Tarantino or 100% Rodriguez production but there influence makes the story and script solid. The Gorehound sat around Hemlock Grove for the entire season waiting for something good. Seeing some gore, mind games, and pretty girls within the first episode of this Netflix series is a good start. First two episodes: 3/5