Penny Dreadful Review

Penny Dreadful is a 2014 supernatural dark fantasy horror drama thriller television series created by John Logan, starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale, Patti LuPone, and Wes Studi.   The series follows explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Positives: Great performances Deep, compelling characters Awesome soundtrack Engaging story Very violent Terrific special effects Clever writing Negatives: Stories don’t…

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Being Human (UK Version) Review

Being Human (UK Version) is a 2008 supernatural horror drama television series created by Toby Whithouse, starring Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha, Damien Molony, Kate Bracken, and Steven Robertson.  The series follows a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire who all share accommodation and attempting as best as they can to live a “normal” life. Positives: Well-written characters Good score Great performances by a talented cast Interesting story Great special effects Negatives: Flaky writing Silly subplots Plot: The premise of the series follows George (a…

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Being Human (US Version) Review

Being Human (US Version) is a 2011 supernatural drama television series created by Toby Whithouse, starring Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Hutington, and Kristen Hager. Serving as a remake of the BBC show of the same name, the series revolves around three roommates living in Boston, the trio attempting to live a normal life despite being a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf. Positives: Great characters Terrific cast Good special effects Great story Great performances Good score Great writing Great character development Negatives: n/a Plot:  The premise of the show…

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Top 20 Vampires in Television

Vampires are beings from folklore who subsists by feeding on the life essence of the living.  Vampires are as impressive on television as they are on the big screen. Some of these vampires are good, some of them bad, some jumping between the lines. This is a list of my vampire characters in television (which includes miniseries). 20. Pamela Swynford De Beaufort (True Blood) The vampire co-owner of Fangtasia, a vampire nightclub in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She is Eric Northman’s progeny and second in command.  Loved her wit and charm. Portrayed by: Kristin Bauer van Straten…

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Vampires in Fiction and Folklore

Vampires are beings from folklore who survive by feeding on the life essence of the living, usually blood.  Vampires can be categorized by four main categories: demonic, undead, bestial, and living. There are many types of vampires or vampire-like creatures found in fiction, not all of them originating in folklore or mythology. This post will focus on different examples including those in literature, film, television, comics, animation, and video games. — List of Vampire Powers and Abilities in Fiction — In Film: Top 25 Favorite Vampires in Film Another Top 25 Favorite…

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The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) Review

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy #1) is a 2009 vampire horror novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, published by William Morrow.  It is the first installment in The Strain Trilogy and follows doctors Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather and Nora Martinez and a small band of fighters as they battle a vampiric virus that is slowing infecting the city. Positives: Awesome characters Well-written Great antagonist Great story Great suspense Great attention to detail Negatives: Conveniences in the plot Plot:  After a Boeing 777 arrives in an airport, completely dead with…

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Vampyrrich Review

Vampyrrich is a 1999 supernatural horror novel written by Simon Clark and published by Leisure Books. The plot follows a group of four who are besieged by vampires in a small, isolated town. Positives: Great main characters Great, suspenseful atmosphere Well-written gore Good attention to detail Unique vampires Interesting story Negatives: n/a Plot:  David Leppington is a doctor who returns to his hometown of Leppington for a possible job as the current town doctor is retiring, while taking the time to visit his uncle George.  He takes up residence at…

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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Review

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a 2014 supernatural horror television series developed by Robert Rodriguez, starring D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez, Madison Davenport, and Brandon Soo Hoo. Based on the From Dusk Till Dawn series by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Kurtzman, the series follows a Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers and their hostages. They all end up trapped in a desert bar secretly run by vampires and discover a vampire conspiracy. Positives: Great performances by a great cast Great…

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