Magic and mischief collide as half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family’s legacy, the Church of Night.
The series, which stars Kiernana Shipka (Mad Men) as Sabrina comes from RIVERDALE creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the Archie Comics graphic novel THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA “This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina”. Matthew Barry, writer of Episode 5, who has been attached and working in the development of the show from the start as both producer and writer, has received individual praise for his episode:
Deadline: “When episode 5 comes around, the series really starts to unravel with its pulpy goodness as Sabrina and her family are stuck in a nightmare controlled by a demon — which seems very reminiscent of Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. It’s a bonkers fever dream where Sabrina, Zelda, Hilda, and Ambrose are tortured and driven insane. It perfectly illustrates what Aguierre-Sacasa wants this show to be”
Vulture: “It’s also within the folds of this fifth episode that the show’s relationship with magic gains new dimension. In Chilling Adventures, magic always has a price. While some of the best spell-casting scenes are built on the idea of communities and families being a well of strength, the world-building of the series — particularly the ongoing discussions of the “Greendale 13” who were killed in the town’s very own witch trials, and the Thanksgiving-esque Feasts of Feasts in which a witch is sacrificed and eaten by her own coven — lands on the undeniable fact that the Church of Night has noxious sexism braided into its rituals and beliefs.”