Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sink your teeth into True Blood

Read on for a look at the sleek and sexy vampiric drama True Blood, one of the biggest shows in the US and heading our way.

From Bram Stoker's original novel via Hammer House of Horror's Christopher Lee to last year's teen hit Twilight, our bloodlust for the vampire genre shows no sign of abating after 300 years.

Cult Swedish movie Let the Right One In is being hailed by many critics as the greatest film of 2009 so far and Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan's Labyrinth is currently writing The Strain, a trilogy of books about a vampiric virus that invades New York.

In a similar vein comes True Blood, a new HBO drama by Alan Ball, the man behind American Beauty and Six Feet Under.

Already one of the biggest shows in the States, grabbing bigger ratings than Sex in the City or The Sopranos, True Blood is a black comedy set in small town America in the not too distant future. Thanks to the invention of a synthetic form of blood, vampires now no longer need to feed on humans to survive so have 'come out of their coffins' and uneasily co exist alongside humans in society.

Read on