Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NBC's "Dracula" Looks To Be The Best Vampire Show Yet
In case you didn't know, I'm a bit of a vampire fan. So, when the trailer for NBC's Dracula hit the internet I was giddy with excitement. I've now had a chance to watch it about a hundred times and despite a few niggling concerns, I think this has the potential to be incredible.
We've already got pretty good vampire television out there with True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, but this one is different. It's certainly not new since it draws on the most famous of vampires in literature, but the idea of a show that lets Dracula be the headliner is new and it's nice to see him getting top billing.
And what I want to see most is that legend of a vampire. I'm tired of angst-ridden Southern vampires and teenage drama. I want Dracula, moody, sexy, deadly, Dracula, and in the trailer, oh do we get our fill.
He's played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers who I still associate with The Tudors, but am happy to move forward with into Victorian London. Charisma? Sex appeal? Mystery? Yup, he's got all that in spades which is exactly what you want from Dracula.
It also looks beautiful, which is an important part of his story. The settings were so vivid and so integral to the original book that to not fully realize them for television would be a shame. In the trailer, we see a ball with women in beautiful gowns, a grand mansion, and a rooftop sword duel that looks nothing short of stunning.
There are some twists on the original story, which is to be expected and even welcomed. If you just did the story we all know, the one we all read and analyzed to death in high school English class, where's the fun in that?
Here we have a character who is still essentially the same, but with twists to his story that make him all the more intriguing. Mina appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife, there's a bit of a Tony Stark vibe to him when he introduces electricity and Renfield seems to be both sane and American. All those changes are just fine.
There's also a very Interview With The Vampire feel to the trailer, and that alone has me beyond excited. The way Anne Rice wrote vampires, drawing on their evil and their desire to be a part of us despite wanting to drain us dry was incredible. The film adaptation of her book was visually stunning and this looks so much like that movie that it's easy to imagine Lestat joining Dracula for a chat.
Now that I've seen this trailer, the Fall television season can not get here fast enough.