We’ve all been holding our breath, for about 15 years now, waiting for a Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot. Well, with just a bit of magic, that wish is coming true– but with a dark twist. This isn’t going to be a Melissa Joan Hart teen comedy. They’re bringing Sabrina back, but in a terrifying way, with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
And they’re not going to pull punches on the supernatural, horror-genre elements. This isn’t a Thursday night sitcom. We’re talking The Exorcist level stuff here. The CW describes the show “as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, 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.”
The folks that brought you Riverdale are behind this twisted reboot. The connections are all there– Riverdale is the TV adaptation of the famous Archie comic series, but showing the dark side to a seemingly mundane town and innocent teenage existence. Sabrina also originates from Archie Comics during the 1970’s and 80’s. In 2014, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa started a spin-off comic series called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, on the Archie Comics imprint, Archie Horror. In an interview with E! News, Aguirre-Sacasa admitted that, “It’s no secret that one of my favorite characters is Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
We’re big fans of all of the shows in this vein that have been coming out lately– from Riverdale to Stranger Things to the comeback of Twin Peaks. There’s something about small-town teen life, especially when it’s set in decades past, that just pushes all of the right buttons. The Sabrina comic series takes place in the 60s, and we’re not sure yet if they’re going to evoke the vintage vibe, but we’re looking forward to it. Look out next year for Sabrina and her aunts coming back for their next life.