The vampires that roamed the literary night lands of old were unabashed monsters to be feared and destroyed.Â The cinematic vampire imbued these creatures with a kind of sexual allure completely unrivaled on the supernatural scene.Â Of late, weâ€™ve seen vampires on page and screen as comedic, sympathetic, romantic and even heroic characters.Â They are menacing outsiders, deeply shaded by sexual overtones along with a health dose of rebellion.
â€œBlood Light,â€ created by Jared Stern and cowritten/produced with fellow castmate Adam Lash, casts the vampire in a new light – that of the completely and boringly ordinary. Â The creators describe the show best:
This is NOT a show about Vampires, itâ€™s a show about people who happen to be Vampires. Blood Light satirizes both the ordinary and extraordinary by placing mythical creatures in a mundane world. As a series, a beverage and a voice of a generation lost in mediocre pop-fantasy, Blood Light offers a much needed â€˜Lighter Side of Deathâ€™.
The show centers on a trio of friends; Ethan and Alex are new to the vampire scene while Connor is a guy who pretends to be a vampire to get women to sleep with him.Â The characters confront and discuss all of the things that populate our own humdrum lives: dating, environmentalism, trying to get a day off work, and geek persecution in mainstream society. Â On a more heady level, the ordinariness of the topics give way to themes on individualism in a society defined by entertainment.
Don’t let my pseudo-intellectual read of “Blood Light” deter you – this show is laugh out loud funny! Â No element of vampire mythology or pop culture goodness is off limits to the show’s razor sharp wit.
â€œBlood Lightâ€ episodes have the organic feel of a really good play. Â Engaging characters having riveting conversations carry the action of the story.Â The showâ€™s naturalistic free form quality belies the professionalism and hard work of all the performers on screen.Â These folks are incredibly talented.
The show’s dialog is rich with satiric humor. Â Topics range from the geek-obscure to the utterly mundane. Â It’s the writers’ thoughtful opinions and observations that give the dialog it’s snap and energy. Â The rapid fire nature of it might be mistaken for improvisation- the actors inhabit their characters so naturally. While there are hard core fanboy/girl references abound, even the uninitiated will find â€œBlood Lightâ€™sâ€ intelligence and humor undeniable.
For more information on â€œBlood Lightâ€ check out the showâ€™s website here.