The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale hits Netflix on December 14, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is not messing around when it comes to putting the horror in your holiday cheer.
A Midwinter’s Tale is dark, horrifying, and defiles everything that is good with the holiday season. As a father of three kids under the age of three (we had twins!), this episode shook me to the core as Aguirre-Sacasa proves that no one is safe on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when Aunt Hilda has to pull baby Latisha out of an oven. There were other elements of lost children, either eaten or murdered, and then there was a band of lost souls of children that would haunt you during the holiday season. The joy of Christmas was replaced with murder and mayhem. If you are under the age of 12, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Universe is not safe for you.
What took the horror to the next level in this tale were the sounds that were used and the sheer panic in the eyes of the actors. The sound of a baby crying tortures my soul now that I have kids, and A Midwinter’s Tale used that emotion to rip me up inside as Aguirre-Sacasa had the baby crying for 90-seconds. It felt like 10 minutes, and then with the frantic search by Hilda and Aunt Zelda, I was yelling at my TV for the duo to find the baby. These details with the sound and the look in their eyes will haunt me this Christmas. Stephen Maier was Director of Photography and he led the way visualizing the story and Adam Taylor’s music built that tension.
The stressful part is the above paragraph only covers a third of the horrors in the episode. A Christmas Story has several scenes that sit on the edge of terror, but Aguirre-Sacasa takes inspiration from the holiday classic and turns into a full-blown horror fright-fest. Again, it is the details that make the episode truly scary. Also, Aguirre-Sacasa gives you a hint of the horror and then lets your imagination run wild. If you have a big imagination like me, you will leave a few more lights on after watching A Midwinter’s Tale.
Overall, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale gets your blood pumping, and it’s a perfect change of pace holiday watch with friends and family.