Thursday, July 7

‘Firebite’ on AMC + gives vampire fans something new to sink their teeth into

While What we do in the shadows Y Legacies They’ve given at least some vampire representation this year, a full-blown blood-sucking renaissance seems to be just around the corner. Long-standing adaptations of let the right one in Y Interview with the Vampire they are finally in the works; Peacock and Netflix have original series with green light vampire academy Y First murder, respectively; and despite having outgrown its welcome for several seasons, there has even been talk of a revival of HBO’s gothic sexfest True Blood.

However, the first to emerge from the coffin is Fire bite, an eight-part Australian co-production, which began airing on AMC + this month. And thanks to its impressive setting, both figuratively and literally, it may be the most intriguing of all.

From Jamie Lee Curtis PostHallowe’en cash in Road Games to the sadism generator of franchises of Wolf Creek, the vast wilderness of the Australian outback has provided the ideal backdrop for numerous cat and mouse scouts. However, apart from 1987 Rocky’s Horror Picture Show imitation Inside vampiresIt’s rare to see someone with fangs roaming such territory – the scorching weather and shortage of fresh meat are not conducive to a fair lifestyle.

Fire biteHowever, he bases his mix of comic book violence, black comedy and family melodrama on one of the most populated communities, Coober, ‘the opal capital of the world’, Pedy. It’s an inspired choice that, in a vein similar to Netflix’s underrated zombie movie. Load, allows the show to examine all of the horror from an Aboriginal perspective.

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Creator Warwick Thornton, a native of the indigenous tribe known as Kaytetye, has built his career exploring discrimination and marginalization of Aboriginal people – coming of age in 2009. Samson and Delilah and the interwar west of 2017 Sweet country They have been hailed as two of the best Australian films of the modern era. And despite his fantastic nature, his first small screen drama grew out of the need to highlight a very real piece of history that goes unreported: the First Fleet surgeon, who by mistake or intentionally unleashed the virus of the smallpox on the victims of colonialism.

Of course, in the world of Fire biteVampires, not vials of variola, were used by the British Empire to remove all indigenous traces in 1788, and more than two centuries later, they are still hell-bent on finishing their mission. And thanks to the influx of new recruits who, amusingly, arrive not on Royal Navy ships but on a dilapidated tour bus, they now appear to be more deadly than ever.

Fortunately for all the mortal inhabitants of the area, even if it doesn’t always look that way, they have the unlikely dream outfit of a prankster womanizer and his cranky teenage protégé for protection. Tyson (Rob Collins) and Shanika (Shantae Barnes-Cowan), often reluctant, spend their nights hunting those who spend their days hiding in deserted mine shafts that make the local landscape resemble a block of Emmenthal.

Tyson may not be the most subtle of vampire hunters (“Take that, bloodsucking bastards, now you’re messing with the master blaster,” says the cheerful zinger after his first on-screen kill). But Collins, perhaps best known for his role in the Aboriginal superhero series Cunning manHe is so naturally charming that such arrogance can easily be forgiven. A tearful speech to his surrogate daughter and constant pleas to call him ‘dad’ also prove there is more to him than witty phrases and decapitating heads.

Meanwhile, Barnes-Cowan, who previously appeared alongside his main co-star in the Aboriginal political drama. Total control, brings some welcome girl power as the high school student decided (well, most of the time) to avenge the alleged murder of her missing mother.

It is Shanika’s story that proves that the human settlers in her city are still as threatening as they are supernatural. After understandably criticizing a classmate for making a sick joke about her mother, only one party is called to the principal’s office … and it is not the privileged white instigator. Shanika also has to deal with a similarly prejudiced police force, though once again the no-nonsense ex-girlfriend and stealing scenes of Tyson, Kitty (Ngaire Pigram), soon puts them in his place.

Of the three episodes available before air, the vampires are drawn a little thinner. Although he is no stranger to the villain, Callan Mulvey (the Russian terrorist Anatoli in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) lacks the threat necessary to convince the ruler known as the King. And the rest of his army doesn’t have much more to do than stumble across the look of a The missing child act of tribute.

Still, Fire bite is a series designed to put the Aboriginal experience front and center, something he achieves through everything from the preferred method of killing (boomerang through the heart, obviously) to Tyson’s karaoke number (the groundbreaking hit of the 80s of the indigenous band Colored Stones “Black Boy”). Next year’s list of vampire originals may well be more familiar, higher-budget, and faster-paced. However, it is unlikely that any will have such a distinctive bite.

Jon O’Brien (@ jonobrien81) is a freelance sports and entertainment writer from the North West of England. His work has been featured in companies such as Vulture, Esquire, Billboard, Paste, iD, and The Guardian.

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