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Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves — The Undying Genre

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 5 years ago

Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves -- The Undying Genre

It might be redundant to expect the death of the undead, but show business can be cruel, and we have seen quite a few shows — and stars — fall into oblivion as tastes change over time. (Cop Rock, anyone? No?) However, the genre comprising things that go bump in the night — namely vampires, witches, mystical arts, and werewolves — continues to burn brightly, bravely carrying the torch first ignited by the success of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries.

One primary explanation for the continued interest in the genre is its universal appeal; people, no matter where they are, can relate to it, albeit in their own way.

Moreover, the genre continues to grow not just in TV shows, but also in films, books, and even when it comes to online casino games. Immortal Romance is amongst the most famous and lucrative themed online slots that feature impressive graphics, eerie sounds, and the possibility to walk away with huge wins thanks to free spins and bonuses. This shows that the vampire genre is influential, and a continued fascination for us mortals.

Here are four amazing shows that revolve around vampires and witches, promising entertainment packed with thrills, chills, romance and a few scares.


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The adventures of half-human, half-witch Sabrina have come a long way. Starting as a story in the Archie comics series, Sabrina later received its own animated series before morphing into the fun and family-friendly TV show, starring Melissa Joan Hart, we all knew and loved. However Netflix’s latest incarnation takes the story of Sabrina’s origins and gives it a much darker twist. The first season was a success, despite some fans objections to certain plot developments. With the second season in place (In December 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 16 episodes, which, just like season 1, will be split into two parts),  and with a lot of exposition finally out of the way, things are poised to become a whole lot more exciting. 

Kiernan Brennan Shipka as Sabrina. Photo Credit: Netflix


The Order

It’s hard to tell if The Order is bravely forging its own unique niche or throw many different ideas into the pot in the hope of universal appeal. Whichever way you look at it, it seems to be working. Netflix recently gave the green light to season 2 of this horror drama series about Jack Morton, a college student who joins the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, a secret society that teaches and practices magic. As Jack becomes drawn deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts.  

Jake Manley as Jack Morton. Photo Credit: Netflix


Buffy The Vampire Slayer

It was only a question of time before one of the most successful vampire TV series of our generation got a reboot. Buffy The Vampire Slayer has a tremendous cult following, and fans will be awaiting the arrival of the new series with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Midnight Texas’ Monica Owusu-Breen, tapped as the new series showrunner is working closely with original show creator Joss Whedon. She recently tweeted that the reboot will take place 25 years after the original and will feature a new slayer. This means that while some of the older characters might make a cameo, we can expect a more modern setting and story for the show. Vampires beware!

The cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Photo Credit: UPN


The Lost Boys

Still in production, fans of the late 80s vampire movie can rest assured that a TV version of the cult classic is on its way. With Rob Thomas attached to the project and news about casting now starting to trickle out, we can soon expect a release date for the series.

The good news is that The Lost Boys has bagged Tyler Posey, known for his role in Teen Wolf, as Michael, the central character originally played by Jason Patric in the movie. We’ve got our fingers crossed and hope to see The Lost Boys on our screens soon.

Tyler Posey in Teen Wolf. Photo Credit: MTV

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