Happy Horrorthon Home Stretch!!! Devil’s Eve is today. Devil’s Eve is the day before the Great Samhain rises from the ground and goes door to door selling auto insurance at competitive rates…as the Druids taught him.
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Episode 7, Directed by Viet Nguyen, focuses around jealousy, betrayal, and corruption. Viet Nguyen is typically a film editor who occasionally directs. I’m not sure if horror is where he is best suited to direct. He usually directs action iZombie/The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow, camera shots that zero in on main characters with long still shots from below to reflect their larger than life hero or villain status. The problem is that these long shots tend to diffuse the suspense that horror needs. Take a look at the horror directed by Guy Norman Bee or Josh Stolberg. The shots are at eye level with a slow push-in. These people at your level and can get YOU. Viet has done great work, but as I have written in other reviews Horror directing is a specialized art form where building suspense is its beating heart.
The story focus was narrowed. Instead of an overarching drama piece where Sabrina straddles two worlds like a witchy Gilmore Girls, it’s a personal story of a father betraying his daughter with courtly intrigue. The Feast of Feasts commemorates the bodily sacrifice to her fellow starving witches to eat her. This story gives another piece to the backstory of the town vs the witches and how the townsfolk massacred the witches years ago. It’s like the Taylor V Sutton feud, but with more goth makeup.
Each witch family in the coven in Hunger Games style has to send in a tribute to be “Queen”. The Queen embodies Freya by getting massacred and eaten by the coven to celebrate Freya’s sacrifice. The main course is chosen by lots. Sabrina’s annoyed that her Aunt Z participates in the drawing and insists on being part of the drawing to see if Aunt Z will speak out that the ritual is barbaric. Does it work? Not so much. Sabrina and Prudence go head to head and Sabrina is picked to be Prudence’s servant and Prudence draws the dinner card.
The storyline meanders a bit and it focuses around courtly intrigue and headmaster ascension… yawn. Turns out the drawing was rigged by the Headmaster’s wife who knows that Prudence is the Headmaster’s illegitimate child and threat to her kid because of a possible inheritance dispute….boring. When I reviewed Stranger Things, there was a mediocre episode too. Overall, this episode is not perfect, but good enough. The episode ends with Prudence’s toadies causing a mine cave-in, which sets off a very cool story arc!!!!