The vampires that roamed the literary night lands of old were unabashed monsters to be feared and destroyed. The cinematic vampire imbued these creatures with a kind of sexual allure completely unrivaled on the supernatural scene. Of late, we’ve seen vampires on page and screen as comedic, sympathetic, romantic and even heroic characters. They are menacing outsiders, deeply shaded by sexual overtones along with a health dose of rebellion.
“Blood Light,” 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. The creators describe the show best:
This is NOT a show about Vampires, it’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 ‘Lighter Side of Death’.
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. 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. 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! No element of vampire mythology or pop culture goodness is off limits to the show’s razor sharp wit.
“Blood Light” episodes have the organic feel of a really good play. Engaging characters having riveting conversations carry the action of the story. The show’s naturalistic free form quality belies the professionalism and hard work of all the performers on screen. These folks are incredibly talented.
The show’s dialog is rich with satiric humor. Topics range from the geek-obscure to the utterly mundane. It’s the writers’ thoughtful opinions and observations that give the dialog it’s snap and energy. 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 “Blood Light’s” intelligence and humor undeniable.
For more information on “Blood Light” check out the show’s website here.