Whenever Netflix stepped up to take control of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV adaptation, which was originally expected to join its comic book sister property of Riverdale on The CW, it spoke to the material potentially being far more adult and horrific than anything allowed on broadcast networks. And while the supernatural drama's first trailer below doesn't max out on gore and sex, there are dark forces at play here, and Kiernan Shipka's Sabrina Spellman is keen to keep smiling right through it all, no matter how weird or disturbing. Check it out below!
The trailer plays up the previously released image of Sabrina lit up by her birthday cake candles, and where the poster gave Sabrina a pair of demon horns, we see the demon here as an entirely separate entity, although one that may still actually be quite comfortable within the confines of the teenager's mind. After all, Sabrina is going through some biological changes that open her up to the practice of witchcraft and sorcery, and those feelings would certainly be comparable to suddenly having a hellspawn as a new mental bestie. So we can probably expect her to have a ton of new and weird feelings rearing their awkward heads as she continues her education at Baxter High.
Something tells me this sumbitch would not be Baxter High's most lauded English teacher. Or history teacher. Or coach.
Lots of fast and fun details pop up during the promo, such as the sign for the Spellman Mortuary owned by Hilda and Zelda Spellman, as portrayed by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto, respectively. Sabrina has a lot to learn from her aunts, even if some of it may not be to her liking. (Unfortunately, the aunts themselves apparently skipped out on attending that part of the birthday party.) But we definitely do see Tati Gabriell as the witch leader Prudence, and we get a small glimpse of Ross Lynch as Sabrina's love interest Harvey, who will presumably be a tad less goofy in live-action. I guess it's easy to not be goofy when a Beelzebub understudy is sitting at the head of the table. Or isn't sitting at the head of the table, depending on whether Sabrina is loopy or not.
And while the trailer may not be as lengthy and plot-heavy as fans may have hoped, it does end on a moment that no doubt had plenty of people hooting and hollering (and possibly purring), as the promo teased the 2018 introduction of Sabrina's beloved pet cat Salem, who also happens to boast the ability to talk. Unfortunately, it was only a shadow-cloaked Salem who walked out just as the date was shown, so we didn't actually get to see the talking feline carrying on any deep convos with his owner about the weird shit happening in town. We know he'll be around, and we hope he gets his voice back before the show starts up in earnest.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will invoke its own premiere on Netflix on Friday, October 26, at 12:01 a.m. PT. To see what other new and returning shows are heading to the streaming service and beyond, head to our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule and our fall TV premiere schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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