Syfy’s new horror collection Reginald the Vampire follows a freshly turned bloodsucker (Spider-Man: No Method Residence’s Jacob Batalon) who’s doing his greatest to determine his new supernaturally enhanced life—one thing that’s much more advanced that he initially realized. The present hits Syfy in October and at a latest press convention occasion, io9 acquired an opportunity to ask its star and creators about it.
First, we needed to tackle the apparent: vampire TV collection are perennially widespread—together with Reginald the Vampire, this fall’s new choices embrace Peacock’s Vampire Academy, AMC’s Interview With the Vampire, and Showtime’s Let the Proper One In. Plus, you understand, there’s additionally FX’s outrageously widespread What We Do within the Shadows, which simply wrapped up its fourth season. So what makes Reginald the Vampire distinctive?
“I believe for us, the world partially that was created by Johnny Truant within the authentic e-book actually posited this kind of fascinating dichotomy between the vampire world the place vampires are actually vapid, useless runway fashions,” defined showrunner and govt producer Harley Peyton (Chucky, Channel Zero, Twin Peaks). “That’s who they’re. They search a sort of excellent perfection. It’s all about magnificence. And that’s the place we get into problems with physique shaming and physique positivity. And Reginald, in fact, simply doesn’t match the mildew. That’s one thing that we comply with and work with, whether or not it’s textual content or subtext. And I believe that’s fairly completely different from something I’ve seen earlier than. In different phrases, this vampire society, they love paperwork. They love to take a look at a mirror as a result of they’ll see themselves in a mirror. And it’s all about that battle between what we consider as magnificence, and what we consider as inside truths and the sweetness inside us. In order that’s what made it enjoyable for me.”
Government producer Jeremiah Chechik elaborated. “I believe the muse of our present may be very rooted in actual emotional dynamics. That’s the rock strong basis, and it’s primarily based on how we slot in, how we current ourselves, what we consider ourselves, how we relate to others, what is anticipated of us, our sexual orientation, the colour of our pores and skin. All of these items are actually social dynamics which we discover inside the wrapping of a vampire present,” he mentioned. “So I believe the foundation of our present isn’t actually to to create a horror vampire ‘I’ll suck your blood’ sort of present. It’s actually about how once you die, you may turn into a greater particular person… or not. However these are the the actual reversal tropes that stand out. And naturally, tonally and visually, it doesn’t appear like something you’ve ever seen; it has a lollipop, color-pop facet to it. So it actually works towards the custom of the darkish noir vampire horror.”
Plus, in line with govt producer Lindsay Macadam, Reginald the Vampire additionally has a secret weapon within the type of its forged, which additionally contains Savannah Basley, Em Haine, and Mandela Van Peebles. “The guts of our present may be very completely different than quite a lot of the opposite vampire exhibits on the market,” she mentioned. “And what actually appealed to me was that that is such an underdog story, and there’s a extremely optimistic message that’s baked into all of the leisure and comedy. So it’s very aspirational and it’s a lot enjoyable. However all these different exhibits don’t have Jacob and the forged that we’ve; they simply nailed it proper off the highest.”
Batalon, who’s best-known as Peter Parker’s greatest good friend Ned within the latest Spider-Man films, took the praise graciously but in addition agreed with the opposite factors raised. “Chatting with all of that, I might say that actually we really are one thing that—I don’t suppose anybody goes to count on the way in which this story goes. I believe we’re very fast to guage as followers, ‘Oh, one other vampire trope.’ [But] what our creators had been saying is that it’s actually in regards to the human situation, and seeing [someone] undergo a journey of self-love and the connections he has by way of demise. It’s like, he learns life by way of demise. And that’s a really poignant, a deeper kind of that means than similar to eager to kill individuals and look tremendous sizzling.”
“When the the community ordered the present,” Chechik added, “they needed it as a result of to cite, there was nothing like this on TV.”
Reginald the Vampire premieres October 5 on Syfy.
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