The darkly seductive trailer for Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has fans ready to scream Hail Satan! With a grim tone that stays true to the Archie Horror comic, this new series departs from the 90s sitcom fans knew before. According to Geek Tyrant, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will pay homage to horror films like Suspiria, The Exorcist, and Hellraiser – a perfect tip-of-the-hat to genre fans who catch each visual hint.
Clive Barker is – of course – best known for his work in film (most notably, Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Candyman), but he’s also a gifted writer and artist. As a show of support, Barker granted 150 paintings from his own personal collection to haunt the witchy halls of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
As if we needed another reason to be excited for this series.
io9 spoke with the show’s production designer, Lisa Soper, while recently visiting the set. Soper revealed to io9 how the master of horror bestowed over 150 of his personal paintings. Most of which are displayed in the Academy of Unseen Arts, Greendale’s bewitching academy.
Soper admitted that her and Barker became friends because of her work on Sabrina. She chatted with him about the adaptation and her ideas for the set design, and Barker immediately jumped on board.
“We spoke about kind of the idea and the themes behind what we were doing here and he said, ‘Why don’t you come down, spend the weekend, take a look through all the artwork and pick out what you want?’” Soper said to io9.
So, how are they fitting all 150 paintings into the halls of the Academy? The school’s layout and design centers around several identically shaped rooms.
Devised after the practice of Sacred Geometry, this means only one interchangeable set needed to be built. Barker’s paintings will act as visual cues for room changes in the academy.
While Barker’s paintings might not necessarily hint at any specific storyline to come, his dark and nightmarish images will surely enrich the visual ancestry of the school while adding to the atmospheric devilry that rings true to its dark comic origins.
Soper hopes that Barker will one day make a cameo on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but for now, these haunting paintings will do.
Season one of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix October 26, just in time for Halloween.