This summer, Guillermo Del Toro is making the move to television with an adaptation of his vampire novel “The Strain.” While it seems that vampires lately have been a little glamorized, the vampires Del Toro and co-author Chuck Hogan introduced in their books are as vicious and deadly as they get. FX just released some teasers for “The Strain” and they make it look like there won’t be a sparkly vampire in sight.
With “The Strain” coming to cable television on July 13, here is a look at some of the better vampire television series that it might find itself compared to.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” / “Angel”
When talking about vampire television shows, there is only one for an entire generation of television fans. Joss Whedon pulled off an impressive task in 1997 when he took his old movie, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and brought it to television. However, impressively, he improved on it in every way and created one of the smartest shows on television. What is even more impressive is that he took the main vampire hero from the show and created a spin-off in “Angel” that was different, and better in many ways, than the show that spawned it. “Buffy” lasted an impressive seven seasons while “Angel” went five.
“The Vampire Diaries”
Whether it is the name of the show or the fact that the monsters in it seem so dreamy, “The Vampire Diaries” remains a consistently underrated television show. The show is a guilty pleasure, that much is true, but it also a very fun ride. The show receives criticism from people who watched at the start and then gave up. However, it picks up down the line and becomes a very good show with impressive horror elements while keeping its tongue firmly in its cheek. It is nowhere near as good as “Buffy,” but it isn’t as bad as you might believe.
Now, for people who want more blood and gore, as well as an influx of gratuitous nudity thrown in, HBO’s “True Blood” might be the best choice. Based on Charlaine Harris’ “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” novels, “True Blood” tells the story of vampires living amongst humans, vampires who no longer need to feed on humans because they have synthetic blood they can buy and drink. However, this doesn’t keep the violence down because vampires live in districts with rulers who often do what they can to keep control. There are also shape shifters, werewolves, pixies and more.