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A Highly Black Magical Analysis Of The CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Teaser

Happy Birthday, Witch.

A Highly Black Magical Analysis Of The CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Teaser

Today Netflix released a witchy new teaser for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, out October 26 from Riverdale's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who also happened to write the absolutely sublime Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic with artist Robert Hack). Let's peek into the cauldron, shall we?

This is a perfect teaser. It's scary and intriguing, and it's got a fun, winking sort of style to it. And speaking of style, it's GORGEOUS. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes place in Greendale (just across the Sweetwater River from Riverdale!) in the 1960s, so there's plenty of room for mod fashion and quaintly spooky settings. My only complaint, which isn't really a complaint, is that I'm DYING to see Michelle Gomez's Mary Wardell/Madam Satan, but I'm also rather digging the suspense here. That reveal is going to ruuuuuule.

All right, let's conjure up some screencaps and comic comparisons! 

Here's a look at the Spellman Mortuary, where 16-year-old Sabrina Spellman lives with her two aunts, Zelda and Hilda (the perfectly cast Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis, respectively, and Netflix is holding out on a full-blown gander at those ladies, as well). We also see Baxter High, where Sabrina attends classes with her norm-core boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle (played here by Ross Lynch, formerly of the Disney Channel).

We see Sabrina's charming rapscallion of a cousin, Ambrose (here played by relative newcomer Chance Perdomo), performing a ritual on her, and I admit to yelling aloud when the Teenage Witch's familiar Salem Saberhagen crept onto the date screen. Salem didn't speak in the original comics, but after the popularity of the 1990s series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Aguirre-Sacasa's comic cat was a talker. No word yet on whether the newest on-screen version will have a voice.

Next up! Some retro Greendale mood setting. 

And, of course, we have plenty of witchy, devilish action. (Whaaaaaaat to that straight-up Satan):

Unholy Moses, this thing looks great! I know Chilling Adventures will be celebrating the 16th birthday of Ms. Sabrina Spellman, but doesn't this trailer sort of feel like a birthday party for all of us? I'll be writing up the series once it hits at the end of October, so join me, my coven!

Meredith Borders's photo About the Author: Meredith Borders is a brewpub owner and freelance writer/editor living in Houston. Her dog's middle name is Hermione, and she makes purse decisions based almost entirely on their capacity to hold books.
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