“Sabrina,” a demonic voice whispers, “I heard you calling in the woods. And I came.”
Netflix has released a short clip, depicting Sabrina meeting her familiar, Salem, from the new Archie Comics-inspired horror series ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’. In it, Sabrina apparently feels something sinister is happening as she shuts her window and turns around to see her closet door ajar, with monstrous tentacles and claws emerging. The next moment, a strange black cat emerges and… well, Sabrina kind of just forgets about the Lovecraft-ian appendages.
Fans have wondered how the dark, more horror inspired ‘Chilling Adventures…’ would handle Salem. In the original comic books, he was just a regular cat, but on the popular ABC sitcom, ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’, he was explained to be a warlock who once tried to take over the world and was sentenced to live in the form of a cat as punishment. In the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ comic book, he was a mortal that had impregnated a witch but refused to marry her, and as a result, was turned into a cat by her coven. The new version seems to be something brand new or it may be a hybrid of different back stories.
Check out the following clip and guess away at the nature of this new Salem:
In reality, Salem served as a different sort of foil for Sabrina, or rather the actor who plays her Kiernan Shipka. She is allergic to cats! But she suffered for her art, so the least we can do is appreciate her sacrifices while streaming the new show on Netflix.
‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ arrives on October 26.