Castlevania (tv)

  • An adaptation of a long-running video game franchise released on the first Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1986, and heavily influenced by Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Check out that kick-ass intro!
  • written by Warren Ellis, a writer who over the last 10 years (when I first became a fan), has written some great comics, some awesome episodes of Justice League Unlimited, and the fantastic G.I. Joe: Resolute.
  • There’s some deep social commentary about the differences between organized religion and actual spirituality.
  • I’ve played many of the Castlevania games since 1986, and I was more than happy that not only did they include my favorite character Sypha Belnades (a magician priestess / vampire hunter) BUT they also gave her a Spanish/Hispanic accent! HELL EFFING YES. Score one for the light-skinned Hispanics Team!
  • I talk about tone and balance of tone a lot on this site (as recently as yesterday), and how important it is to try to achieve a perfect one. If you present something as serious and then introduce comedic elements too late within the piece, then it might jar the audience to the point where they’re no longer interested. The video games within this series have always been serious stories about a family of vampire-hunters trying to take down Dracula, but this adaptation adds humor, and a lot of it. The difference is that it introduces this humor early on, which helps the audience ease into the contrast of tone more and gives us balance.
  •  This is only the first season, and this first season only has four episodes (which is PERFECT for people with shitty attention spans like me.).
  • [spoiler-ish] They basically make Trevor Belmont a Jack Sparrow kind of character and it WORKS; making a near-perfect balance of serious drama, social commentary, horror, action and humor.
  • [spoiler-ish] If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll be happy that the castle gears make an appearance! I practically cheered when I saw them.
  • Final Letter Grade: A.
  • Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Bonus! I didn’t notice it before (I can be slow sometimes), but check out the sweet homage to the original video game’s box art (right) that Netflix did (left):

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