True Blood HBO Series Review
Written by: Shakingman
I recently bought a HDPVR and upgraded to Digital Cable and excited sat in front of my new 46" HD 1080p 16x9 aspect ratio TV - to find a title in the SHAW menu for True Blood...not knowing what it was and it being an hour long program between two horror movies I clicked it on and started watching it.
I still had no idea what it was, but I was hooked within minutes. People started sprouting fangs and a young woman was brought back from the dead by a vampire. Meanwhile, in this small fictitious southern town, a lead male actor was being accused of killing his girlfriend while f***ing her from behind while she stands handcuffed to something. Full nudity folks with concentration on the man more than the woman. The show continued on and ended with the resurrected female being approached by three vampires. And not so friendly vampires it seems.
The show has an eerieness to it - a slow pace I am sure will pick up once character development is in place and the special effects are similar to that of the film 30 Days of Nights when it comes to the vampires. It's fairly decent. The storyline I later found out is that vampires have been socially accepted into the mainstream because the Japanese have developed True Blood (think Red Bull for vampires) that curbs their thirst for human blood.
This series creator is Alan Ball - hence the concentration on the male nudity - who brought us Six Feet Under - and the vampires apparently are a metaphor for homosexuals or any other minority group prejudiced against because of their sexual orientation. Spray painted on a road sign is GOD HATES FANGS. - I laughed - I cried!
The obvious hetero's in the series are sex starved and promiscuous - a seeming reversal of the stereotyped gay man/woman, I'm looking forward to this series playing "out". (Pun intended) - I believe it has a lot of potential and a lot to offer horror fans. It's slick, well written and beautifully shot.
Oh and there are also shapeshifters and werewolves to come. The show is sexually and verbally explicit - a mature open-minded audience its goal. If you like horror, vampires, blood, good characters, storyline and special effects. I suggest you catch up with this series and keep in touch as it's already slated for a 2nd Season.
Overall I'm giving it a 9/10 as I've only seen one episode. It air on Sunday nights at 9PM on HBO - you figure out which one. Bite me! Shake