Netflix explains it all in the first teaser trailer for its reimagining of 90s Nickelodeon favourite, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, ahead of next month’s launch date.
The featurette, titled ‘Happy Birthday’, shows half mortal/half witch teenage witch Sabrina blowing out the candles on the cake for her 16th birthday, surrounded by similar-aged peers.
Also seen hovering in the background of the eerie celebrations is a horned Devil-like beast – and the familiar black cat even pops up at the end, although refrains from making any wise-cracks.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch 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 while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Cast includes: Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Richard Coyle, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen, Lachlan Watson, Bronson Pinchot, and Gavin Leatherwood.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also serves as chief creative officer of Archie Comics, penned the script for the series. Aguirre-Sacasa executive produces alongside Riverdale collaborators Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix on 26 October – just in time for Halloween.