And we have to admit, it’s scarier than we expected. From ghouls and blood baptisms to levitating witches in the dead of night, this is less Melissa Joan Hart grappling with high school angst and talking to her cat, as per the original, and more bona fide horror flick.
“In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who was half-witch/half-mortal, who, on her 16th birthday, would have to choose between two worlds: the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. And that girl is me,” says Kiernan Shipka, our 2018 Sabrina, in the trailer voiceover.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is behind the new series, which he’s based on the original Sabrina comic books rather than the sitcom we all grew up watching.
“This adaptation finds Sabrina 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,” Arguirre-Sacasa told TV Line, adding that it’s “a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.”
No surprises, then, that it will premiere on Netflix on October 26 – just five days before Halloween.