"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina": First-look images promise a darker series

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”: First-look images promise a darker series

Netflix has shared a couple of first-look photos for their forthcoming coming-of-age horror drama, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the Archie Comics property, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.

The series, developed by Riverdale-creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men; Oz Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter) as the titular witch. The series is reported to be “tonally similar” to Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.

The first-look images appear aligned with this brief, having an amply Pagan-esque vibe to it. This first image, for instance, shows Sabrina in what looks like a Salem-like dark ritual, complete with a Shakespearean Double, Double Toil and Trouble callback and a staple man with an animal head lurking in the corner.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina": First-look images promise a darker series

The next image is an obvious ode to Brothers Grimm’s Red Riding Hood—a reference that signals Sabrina’s descent into witchcraft mean nothing but peril and doom.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina": First-look images promise a darker series

Here’s the official synopsis of the series:

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina finds the titular witch wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

Shipka stars alongside Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Richard Coyle, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, Lachlan Watson, Bronson Pinchot and Gavin Leatherwood, in the show, which is set to premiere on Netflix on October 26, 2018.