Finally a really good tale on "Monsters" using a pool game as a battle between a potential feast for an alluring vampire who uses her seductive wiles to lure her usual opponents to their doom. The title for this episode, "Pool Sharks" is apt and clever as the two competing against each other both have secrets and may be more than they appear. With a nice noirish atmosphere of the pool hall setting (not to mention, a smooth jazzy score to add flavor to this setting) and compelling characters, "Pool Sharks" actually adds a little va va voom to what is still a tale of predator versus prey, a high-stakes pool game the decisive factor in who lives and who dies. Tom Mason is Gabe, walking in one night as Natasha (the luscious Rebecca Kyler Downs) is (we're led to believe) playing a game of pool where if her *mark*, Lester (Irving Metzman), wins he gets a kiss, having to pay her if he loses. Lester is an undertaker with a hearse parked outside and after Gabe takes him to school, he takes a hike. We'll just say that there's more to Lester than meets the eye. This is where Natasha and Gabe, both seemingly attracted to each other, decide to compete in a game of pool, the stakes being whoever is victor gets the "actual person" as prize. Now there's more to this bet than you might think..
Not particularly a "spook show" or "creature feature" as one has come to expect when watching an episode of "Monsters", but I thought "Pool Sharks" give the rather tired vampire story a nice spin even if some of tropes associated with the Bram Stoker type of bloodsucker remain such as the reviling of the crucifix, the importance of getting your meal before the sun comes up, and the use of a stake to the heart as a killing method. The cast of characters are really good, which helps matters a great deal; Downs is especially memorable as a sexy vamp in a tight-fitting black dress, with red lipstick and soft hair that sets the men at awe (and rightfully so). The pool playing should be mentioned as we see some amazing shots displayed during the competition.
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