Now I gotta go hunt down the 1985 original.
This one... meh.
It's nice to see what a $30m horror film looks like after spending so much time down in the cheap seats. Audience didn't like it any better, though. Flaccid revenues and reviews concur: meh...
Now, if the director can just keep the blessed camera off Miss Poots' profile and her out of the shadows we can better appreciate her since her '28 Weeks Later' appearence.
The story is a lilttle clunky. There's a good number of foolish things in it that ain't trying to be funny. I don't know if teens like being portrayed as stupid kids and want to come watch this kinda silly (I'm trying really hard not to use the word "retarded') humor, but I'm pretty sure most adults don't really care for this teen vs. mature man-vampire BS. That's just ludacrist. For a vampire species that has survived four centuries it sure didn't take much to wipe them out.
It's a decent show, although I'd much rather watch each of these principle actors in other roles in other films.
If you're just dying to watch every vampire movie ever made then "great." Otherwise, if you miss this you ain't missing much. The SFX are really nice, but the show doesn't lean on them. And this was the most tame rated R horror I can recall.