Created by journalist and comic book writer Cole Haddon in his first TV endeavor, and run by the genius behind “Carnivale” Daniel Knauf, NBC’s “Dracula” was one of the shows of the new season I was looking forward to. A steampunk version of Dracula on the small screen sounds so intriguing, let’s see how it actually holds up.
Welcome my little blood banks. Are you ready for a good vampire show that doesn’t have synthetic blood or vampires who sparkle? Dracula, which is produced by Carnival Films, created by Cole Haddon, and has Daniel Knauf as showrunner, stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula/Vlad Tepes/ Alexander Grayson. How well does Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who played Henry VIII so stunningly in the The Tudors, portray Dracula? Find out after the jump.
I must have died and gone to heaven! The networks, this fall, are returning with some old and trusted favorites along with some new and exciting horror shows. Our illustrious leader, Andy Burns (knowing that I’m coo-coo for everything scary) asked me to review two new shows; “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox and “Dracula” on NBC, along with my weekly review of “The Walking Dead.” What was my reply, you might ask, my little zombie snacks? Find out after the jump.
Growing up, I loved reading Great Illustrated Classics – I’m certain that’s what they were called, but they were these little, square-shaped paperbacks that would adapt classic novels. On one page you’d have text, the other an illustration. They still publish them today, in fact. Larger versions, but the same adaptations and illustrations. You can find them all here. I mention this because reading Cole Haddon’s great Dark Horse series, The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde took me right back to those stories I grew up reading – War of the World, The Time Machine and, of course, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I read them all over and over, but it was Robert Louis Stevension’s great story that I came back to again and again, and which came bursting from my memory while reading Haddon’s story. 18th century England…foggy nights…an inspector in pursuit of his quarry…and Jack The Ripper? It all comes together brilliantly.
Cole Haddon was kind enough to answer some questions via email about The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, his creative process, inspiration and much more. Listen to the chime of the ten bells…and let’s get started.