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Attractive yet deadly, refined and bloody, immortal as well as human. The figure of the vampire is a compendium of magnetic contradictions that have made him one of the most recurring modern monsters in popular culture, surely because of that number of optics from which it can be approached. The most classic, with one foot in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, present the myth as an eccentric seducer with noble manners who hides his thirst for blood, but later reformulations, without losing sight of that referent, have explored all kinds of possibilities around the figure of the bloodsucker and have introduced them in different contexts.
All these perspectives on the myth have reached television, with greater or lesser success, in series of all kinds. For this reason, from FórmulaTV we have wanted to compile some of the most important and significant in this varied selection, so that you always have something to sink your teeth into when you’re overcome with a thirst for the terrifying and the supernatural.
‘True Blood’, when vampires jump from the shadows into your bed
In a modern society dominated by humans who are their food, it makes sense for vampires to hide under cover of night. However, in the world of ‘True Blood’ they no longer have to, as synthetic blood has been created making hunting unnecessary for their race. Thus, the world is affected by the shock of the revelation of the existence of vampires, who are followed over time by other supernatural beings. These new beings have to coexist in human society, as the story of Sookie (Anna Paquin) shows.the protagonist of this fiction, who always had telepathic powers that she could not explain and who suddenly finds herself involved in a spiral of blood, sex and strong emotions when she meets the seductive vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer).
‘Castlevania’, the bloodiest anime-style battles
Just as Bram Stoker started from the Romanian nobleman Vlad Tepes to configure his Dracula, this fiction starts from that historical figure and his folkloric setting to build its cruel villain. This Dracula goes further than other versions of the character, raising a frontal battle against humanity, leading a legion of all kinds of monsters that spread across Wallachia. As in the video game saga that it adapts, those in charge of stopping it are the vampire hunter Trevor Belmont, the magician Sypha Belnades and the vampire king’s own son, the half-human Alucard. Between the three of them they face hordes of monsters, each one more dangerous, in this Netflix anime in which war is on the line.
‘Almost human’, the naturalness of the supernatural
The enmity between vampires and werewolves is a golden rule of these beings but, despite everything, the protagonists of ‘Almost human’, the vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) and the werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington), are great friends . And it is that they want to do things differently, trying to live among humans without their superhuman nature disrupting their society too much. Thus, both move to live together in a house that turns out to be haunted by the ghost of young Sally (Meaghan Rath). Between the three of them, they learn to live with great doses of humor and affection for their respective curses in a world where the supernatural is always on the verge of colliding with the human world.
‘Blood’, the good doctor and his insatiable thirst
Probably the worst job a vampire who wants to hide could have is that of a surgeon, constantly exposed to the blood and open bodies of humans. However, Park Ji-sang, who is played in this Korean drama by Ahn Jae-hyun, wants to contribute the knowledge of his centuries-old life for good. Thus, he has become the star surgeon at the best hospital in Seoul, which is also run by another vampire, Ji Jin-hee (Lee Jae-wook), whose intentions are secretly much more sinister. Both will end up colliding while Ji-sang unexpectedly finds love in one of her fellow humans, Yoo Ri-ta (Ku Hye-sun).despite trying to avoid him at all costs with his cold and distant attitude..
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, the birth of a television myth
An icon of the 90s and a benchmark in terms of structure, theme and conception of female roles in many series that followed it, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is an essential series for all fans of the genre. In her, Its lead heroine, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, begins as a high school student trying to escape her fate as a hunter. from all manner of evil supernatural beings, but they won’t leave her alone as she grows up to be the brave woman she was destined to be, accompanied by her friend Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and other charismatic supporting characters.
‘The Strain’, author’s vampire pandemic
The prolific imagination of master of the fantastic Guillermo del Toro, accompanied by writer Chuck Hogan, was the source of the original novel on which this series is based, as well as his own FX adaptation. So it is not surprising that this sinister tale of vampires declaring war on humanity has such a rich and complex universe, rooted in the mythology and folklore of various European peoples. In it, science and the occult go hand in hand thanks to the alliance of its two protagonists, Dr. Eph Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and the supernatural expert Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley).
‘Van Helsing’, against the vampire apocalypse
Apart from Dracula, another of Bram Stoker’s creations that has been forever associated with the vampire myth is that of Van Helsing, an expert on vampires and a key player in defeating them. Generally associated with the figure of the vampire hunter, in this series the protagonist is Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton), a supposed descendant of that renowned doctor today. Or, at least, in a version of the present day in which vampires have taken over.. With all those bloodsuckers oppressing humanity, Vanessa discovers the power of her lineage, since her blood holds the secret to ending the monstrous threat, being able to turn vampires back into humans.
‘Vampires’, the difficulties of being a teenager and wanting to eat your classmates
Not that Doina, Oulaya Amamra’s character in this French Netflix series, had an easy life until her teens. All her life she has had to take pills and control her abilities as a half-vampire. However, until she reached high school she had a fairly quiet life with her human mother. Everything changes in that moment, in which Hormones wake up, bad companies call her and her power grows like never before.opening the way to the vampire underworld that hides in Paris.
‘What we do in the shadows’, the crazy undead family
Although many times they are the threat to avoid, It’s not easy being a vampire either, especially if you are hundreds of years old and have to adjust to modern life.. This is what happens to the protagonists of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, the acclaimed vampire comedy that shows us the coexistence of the millennial vampire Nandor (Kayvan Novak), the resolute Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), the outgoing Laszlo (Matt Berry ) and energy vampire Colin (Mark Proksch). Together they face the friction of everyday life while we discover their most embarrassing, bizarre and fun secrets.
‘Moonlight’, the fang detective
Being the procedural series on detectives one of the classics on television, it was foreseeable that at some point they would collide with the vampire trope. These elements mixed with the necessary dose of romance give rise to ‘Moonlight’, a simple series but one that had great depth thanks to the charisma of its protagonist, the tormented Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin), a troubled vampire working as a detective who suddenly finds himself romantically involved with journalist Beth Turner (Sophia Myles).a human whom he saved in her childhood from being bitten by his vampire ex-wife.
‘Dracula’, a new twist on the classic
After achieving success in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’, Steven Moffat teamed up with novelist and comedian Mark Gatiss in this BBC and Netflix co-production that takes full advantage of the Bram Stoker myth in just three episodes. Conceived as a journey through the history of the legendary character at different moments of his immortal life, ‘Dracula’ contains the disturbing terror that the character is supposed to have as well as an unexpected humor that ironizes his image in the presentin a mix as ingenious as it is brilliant.
‘Vampire Knight’, pioneers in supernatural institute love
As the “Twilight” phenomenon grew in Western literature and film, “Vampire Knight” was developing like its manga and anime counterpart. As in that fiction, Its protagonist, Yuuki, is a teenager who is struggling in a love triangle in which one of the edges is a vampire, in this case the powerful Kaname., of the purest vampiric nobility. However, in this story the other contender for the love of the young woman is another human, Zero. And it is that Zero and Yuuki are the two guardians of the secret that their institute hides: that at night their classrooms are filled with vampires. This is a first step towards the peaceful coexistence of both races proposed by the director of the center, and Yuuki’s father, Kaien Cross, in a plot that hides all kinds of revelations and unleashed passions.
‘Age of The Living Dead’, the world war of fangs
The vampire myth is usually associated with remote castles or little-crowded alleys, so that the geopolitical impact that could result from translating it into reality is rarely considered. In ‘Age of the Living Dead’ this issue is resolved in the most tremendous way, since the plague of the undead has managed to wipe out the world’s leading power. The United States has been isolated and abandoned by the rest of the world to prevent the spread of the plague, so its inhabitants have made a pact: the humans will stay with the west coast and the vampires with the east. Thus, both factions collaborate to try to get out of their situation of international ostracism, while at the same time they conspire to annihilate their supposed allies in a game of betrayals and war strategies that threatens to devastate everything.
‘Vampire Chronicles’, small town, big hell
Why romance a protective vampire at your high school when you can also romance his naughty brother? This is what happens in ‘The Vampire Chronicles’, the adaptation of the novels of the same name by LJ Smith, in which its protagonist, Elena (Nina Dobrev), is torn between two vampire brothers with antagonistic personalities. At least at first. Life in Mystic Falls changes radically throughout the eight seasons of this romantic series as more supernatural elements are added that complicate the lives of Elena and her friends who live there.
‘Hellsing’, Alucard’s wild show
If you are looking for the bloodiest and most brutal side of vampire nature, ‘Hellsing’ is your series. In this anime we are told the adventures of a group called the Royal Protestant Knights, who are dedicated to protecting the United Kingdom from all kinds of supernatural threats. Its most charismatic and ruthless member is Alucard, a hundred-year-old vampire who accumulates great power over himself and who shoots without regard with his blessed bullets to whoever is necessary, propitiating all kinds of twisted, disturbing and violent scenes that can be imagined.
‘NOS4A2’, a new vampire concept
With a haunting and dark tone, ‘NOS4A2’ immerses the viewer in a story full of mystery as they try to unravel the peculiarities of its villain, Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), who takes the iconography of vampirism into new territories. All this from the perspective of Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), a heroine who, surprisingly, is given just the right powers to take on the apparent serial killer of children.