We won't have to wait for a second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to catch up with The Spellmans and fiends, as Netflix has just announced that a Holiday Special is coming in mid December...

By MarkCassidy - Nov 12, 2018 07:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Sabrina
Praise Satan Santa! Netflix has announced that a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Holiday special will be with us on December 14, which means we won't have to wait for another season of the spooktacular series to catch up with the titular teenage witch and her various friends and foes.

There's a few seconds of footage from the special in Netflix's Christmas video, and while everything appears to be fun and festive in the Spellman house, you just know dark forces are going to attempt to put an end to the comfort and joy at some point.

Check out the vid along with a logline below. In case you missed it at Halloween, we also have a breakdown of the first season's horror movie homages and references.

The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice –the longest night of the year–when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors–both welcome and unwelcome– you never know what might come down the chimney…

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Night Of The Living Dead

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We'll start with arguably the most obvious one!

When we first meet Sabrina and her pals they're watching Night of the Living Dead at their local theater. Then, when Harvey is walking 'Brina home he quotes the seminal zombie flick's most famous line, "they're coming to get you Barbara!"

Rosemary's Baby

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There are a couple of references to Roman Polanski's terrifying Rosemary's Baby.

The first is a very subtle nod to the character of Doctor Saperstein when Mrs. Wardwell/Madame Satan picks up what she believes to be a young woman in distress on the side of the road. Then, in a later episode, Sabrina has a vision of twin babies and one of 'em has cloven hooves instead of feet.

Pet Sematary

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Hilda actually mentions that The Spellmans have a Pet Cemetery out near their human graveyard, but later on we get a far more sinister homage to Stephen King's classic tale when Sabrina resurrects poor Tommy Hinkle.

Like little Gage in the novel and film adaptation, Tommy comes back as a soulless shadow of himself, seemingly with a taste for human flesh.

Salem's Lot

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When Ambrose's new boyfriend Luke pays the housebound warlock a visit, he scratches on the window before appearing in the doorway and saying, "open the window Mark."

If you've seen the 1979 TV movie adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, you'll know this is a reference to one of the scariest scenes when a vampire child comes calling on his best friend.

Evil Dead

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A very direct homage to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead occurs when Sabrina is fleeing her Dark Baptism.

As the conflicted young half-witch is running through the forest, the branches of the trees attempt to stop her by coiling around her limbs. Fortunately, things don't go quite as far as they do in Raimi's movie! After all, the infamous scene is known as the "tree rape" for a reason.


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At one point, Father Blackwood gives Sabrina a puzzle known as The Achyron Configuration to solve as a test to see if she's ready to take conjuration class. Solve it she does, and releases a demon in the process.

This is very similar to what happens with the Lament Configuration box in Clive Barker's Hellraiser - although Batty Bat is not quite as kinky as ol' Pinhead.

The Shining

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The rather aggressive way in which days of the week flash up on the screen in CAOS is most likely paying homage to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, but there's also Roz and her Nana Ruth, who exhibit a precognitive power they call "The Cunning."

In the movie and Stephen King's source novel, Danny Torrance and Dick Halloran posses a very similar ability known as... well, you already know that!

The Exorcist

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When Suzie's uncle Jessie is possessed by a demon while working in the mines, Sabrina takes in upon herself to perform an exorcism.

There are some very clear nods to William Friedkin's classic here, including a variation on the head spin, and a bit of projectile vomiting for good measure.

The Craft

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There are obviously many thematic similarities between Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Craft, but we get a far more obvious wink to the movie when the titular teenage witch and The Weird Sisters are seen walking in slow motion towards a group of jocks they plan on tormenting.

The Devil And Daniel Webster

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When Sabrina finds out that a human attorney once managed to defeat Satan himself (at least, temporarily), she pays him a visit and hires him to defend her family name in the infernal court.

The lawyer's name is Daniel Webster... presumably the same Daniel Webster from the 1941 film, The Devil and Daniel Webster!
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Vocloz - 11/12/2018, 7:08 AM
thrilled. I adore the show.
Spock0Clock - 11/12/2018, 7:15 AM
That thumbnail gave me flashbacks to that David Sedaris essay about Dutch Christmas traditions. I'm genuinely scarred.
L0RDbuckethead - 11/12/2018, 8:22 AM
@guyatadesk @Spock0Clock

CaptainElrond - 11/12/2018, 7:18 AM
Can we have the bloody salem the cat speaking now. That's all this show needs to reach near perfection

Spock0Clock - 11/12/2018, 7:22 AM
@MadameCipher - Colonel Gentleman is my spirit animal.
CaptainElrond - 11/12/2018, 7:24 AM
@Spock0Clock -
MUTO123 - 11/12/2018, 10:37 AM
@MadameCipher - I'd never heard of Colonel Gentleman before watching this clip. I kinda wanna go watch it now.
Kyos - 11/12/2018, 7:28 AM
Halfway through S1, and... for some reason the show's not really working for me.
Spock0Clock - 11/12/2018, 7:45 AM
@Kyos - I think it has picked up for me after the trial, seeming to have a bit more focus. If nothing else, it's refreshing to see Satanism actually presented as a cohesive worldview rather than merely a boogieman. Seeing witchcraft through a lens separate from the that constructed by historical Christian patriarchy is nice (even if it is quite loose and a bit silly with the details).

Maybe it's just me, but I find this kind of magic, loosely rooted in some actual historical traditions, significantly more interesting than stuff like Harry Potter, where it's basically just whimsy for its own sake.
CaptainElrond - 11/12/2018, 7:56 AM
@Spock0Clock - Fun fact about satanism is, when it works the worshipper has no idea who is making the deals. The demon could just be using satans name, and they don't even need to be from hell or a demon.

Loose magic is magic at it's very small form, like scraping the war with a rock.
Spock0Clock - 11/12/2018, 8:06 AM
@MadameCipher - It's basically the same for people worshiping Yahweh, according to some traditions, with angels always acting as intermediaries between humans and the deity.

...But if I keep talking about this, I'm sure I'll call something silly that someone takes very seriously, and it's not my intention to piss people off today.
ElJefe - 11/12/2018, 9:12 AM
@Spock0Clock -

You spelled Yeezus wrong.

But I forgive you because you know not what you do.

BeyondtheFuture - 11/12/2018, 7:34 AM
Couldn't get past the first two episodes and neither could my girlfriend, does it get better?
CaptainElrond - 11/12/2018, 7:39 AM
@BeyondtheFuture - Why could you not get past?
Spock0Clock - 11/12/2018, 7:46 AM
@BeyondtheFuture - I wouldn't say it gets significantly better, but it seems to sharpen up a bit around episode three.
Chaos200 - 11/12/2018, 9:11 AM
@BeyondtheFuture -

Maybe the SJW focused plot of the first couple of episodes put people off, literally Toxic Masculinity or just masculinity in general being bad, women's groups and Black Panther parties and how men are evil and women are full of knowledge and wisdom was pretty much the focus. I can see why that would put some off in this day and age. But surprisingly after the unnecessarily political first couple of episodes, all that crap is forgotten about, if it is brought up again it's subtle, how it should be and the plot and character development take centre stage. It's almost like someone replaced the SJW writer after episode 3 or the writer was never SJW and they were told to add political elements by the producers so chose to get it out the way quickly.

tl.dr it gets good, watch it.
CaptainElrond - 11/13/2018, 3:36 AM
@Chaos200 - I actually like her fellow school mates.
Chaos200 - 11/13/2018, 8:54 AM
@MadameCipher - I liked them too when they stopped being entitled college millennials and started being characters with relevance to the plot. I enjoyed "The Cunning (Shining)".
BeyondtheFuture - 11/18/2018, 3:23 AM
@Chaos200 - Thanks for this, I'll give it another shot.
AgeofHeroes - 11/12/2018, 7:57 AM
show is a masterpiece..thoroughly enjoyed it! very impressed with the cast and cinematography is amazing.

bring on season 2
MasterMix - 11/12/2018, 8:06 AM
This show is way too evil for my taste.
ElJefe - 11/12/2018, 9:15 AM
@MasterMix - Funny you say that - I actually stopped watching late in the season when it got all Satany and Exorcisty. I love horror movies but for some reason this was like hot sauce on a donut. Didn’t jive for me.
E4Nigma - 11/12/2018, 9:23 AM
I can't wait for season 2. The series is fantastic. I love the cast and tone.
AnthonyVonGeek - 11/13/2018, 8:01 AM
Needs a talking Salam that does more than randomly shows up.
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