Looking for a topic for my next article, Jenn suggested Sabrina. Being a tv and movie buff, I love a good comparison when it's a remake/reimaging. But I had never watched the original so I tasked her with writing the first part so we could combine our efforts.
Sabrina the teenage witch has been told and retold but what I want to talk about is not the new Netflix series but the older version of the show, which was remarkably different and a lot less dark.
It was more of a family-type show. Basically, the only thing that seemed to stay the same were the names of the characters. Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) went to live with her aunts, after realizing she was a witch and could never see her mom again, (I mean jeez that must be a lot for a teenager). Yes, you still have Aunts Hilda and Zelda but these versions don’t keep trying to kill each other and are more fun and family orientated. Salem in this series can talk and is the funniest character on the show, but then this Salem was human before getting turned into a cat as punishment for trying to take over the world.
You also have Harvey, and yes in this version he’s mortal as well, but he’s the main guy. You don’t have any others popping up like Nick. I actually enjoyed this version a lot better, but then again, I’m not really into darker stuff so I guess you should check them both out, or now you can just pick one depending on if you prefer darker or lighter.
Jennifer Rhodes Cleere met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
When I first heard about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I have to admit I really wasn't interested. I had heard about Sabrina the Teenage Witch but that wasn't my style either. I was already in my mid-20's when it premiered and it seemed "kid-oriented" and far too fluffy for my taste at the time. Then I saw the first trailer for the Chilling series on Netflix. This looked different. Darker. This is more me!
Kiernan Shipka takes on the lead role in the Netflix series as we delve deeper into the dark arts. I watched her grow up on Mad Men so that was always going to be interesting. We aren't just talking about a teenage witch and funny hi-jinx anymore. We are getting darker and creative with the church of Satan. Ummm, I don't think this part was in the original. Michelle Gomez excellently portrays Madam Satan who takes over one of Sabrina's shy teachers so you kinda her in a dual-role temporarily, playing both sides-- sweet and then evil.
The closest I can tell, there isn't that much similarity between the 2 shows, except for the character names and a few little subtle nods ("the melodramatics of a teenage witch"). That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you ask. If you are a fan of the original, you may want to steer clear of this. If you like it dark and more horror-oriented, this may right up your alley.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"