"Every Inch is Stained with Someone's Sin": Bleeding Cool's 'Castle Rock' Viewer's Guide/Review

With Hulu's Castle Rock officially premiering on the streaming service on Wednesday, Bleeding Cool is giving you the lowdown on what you need to know about the ten-episode horror-drama anthology series spearheaded by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Sam Shaw, and Dustin Thomason. Combining elements from a number of King's works into a "shared universe" based around the famed/infamous fictional town, Castle Rock stars Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn, Chosen Jacobs, and Allison Tolman.

So what your friendliest of friends here at Bleeding Cool have set up is a bit of "one-stop-shopping" for the Castle Rock viewer. First up, we have the most recent trailer and series overview from Hulu. Following that, we have Bleeding Cool's official review of the series' first three episodes that's definitely worth checking out. Wrapping up, we take you back in time through our past Castle Rock coverage – and all of that starts now!

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A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

From J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgård (IT), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Chosen Jacobs (It).

Here's our review of the first three episodes of Hulu's Castle Rock:

"Focusing on death row attorney Henry Deaver's (Holland) return to his hometown to investigate a mystery that will force him – and others – to face the town's horrific past, the first three episodes laid a disturbing foundation for the horrors still to come. So rent a room and stay awhile, because Hulu's 'Castle Rock' is definitely worth an extended visit."

Just to be clear… I'll be covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so keep that in mind. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment so spoiler warnings!

Castle Rock s01e01 'Severance': An anonymous phone call lures death-row attorney Henry Denver back to his home town of Castle Rock, Maine.

Castle Rock s01e02 'Habeas Corpus': Henry gets a new client at Shawshank Prison.

Castle Rock s01e03 'Local Color': The past catches up with Molly Strand.

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Finally, here's a look at some of Bleeding Cool's past Castle Rock coverage; from the most recent to where it all began: table interviews with the cast and creative at New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2017:

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Has a Long History of Really Bad Things Happening There

Hulu's Official 'Castle Rock' Trailer Shows a Town "Stained with Sin"

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Expected to Haunt Comic-Con with Screening, Panel and Off-Site Fan Experience

Castle Rock: Shameless's Noel Fisher Moves to Hulu Psychological-Horror Series

Hulu's Castle Rock Releases Titles, Info on First 4 Episodes

Fargo's Allison Tolman Moving to Hulu's 'Castle Rock' in Recurring Role

Hulu's Castle Rock Pilot Gets a Stephen King Seal of Approval

Castle Rock Gets July Debut, New Teaser: 'There's Blood in Every Backyard, Inside Every House'

Castle Rock: Chosen Jacobs of 'It' Joins Hulu's Stephen King Series

Castle Rock: Hulu Releases Super Bowl Teaser for Stephen King Series

Stephen King on Castle Rock: "I'm as Much in the Dark as Anybody Else"

The Weekly Static s01e20.3 – 2018 "Cusack" Series: Hulu's Castle Rock

Castle Rock: Cast & Producers Talk Hulu's Stephen King Series @ NYCC

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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