Luke Rutherford is your average teenager - until his dead father's best friend, Rupert Galvin turns up to reveal his secret destiny: he's the great-grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the ...
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Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, the adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Johnny Maxwell and his four friends when they come to the aid of eccentric homeless woman, Mrs Tachyon, and ... See full summary »
A class of teenage schoolboys are oblivious to their teacher's attempts to question them about the wider world. They are about to get a lesson they will never forget ... one that will change their lives forever.
Luke Rutherford is your average teenager - until his dead father's best friend, Rupert Galvin turns up to reveal his secret destiny: he's the great-grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the infamous vampire hunter. Luke is set to inherit the family mantle as a warrior against the supernatural entities that lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day London.
Stupid British "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ripoff. Here we have young, hunky Luke Van Helsing (Christian Cooke) being told by his godfather Rupert Giles (Philip Glenister) that it is his duty to fight freaks (i.e. demons). Naturally he doesn't believe him until the "freaks" (guys in ridiculous teddy-bear looking makeup) attack. There's also two attractive women thrown in--Mina Harker (Zoe Tapper) and Luke's annoying girlfriend Ruby (Holly Grainger).
What's wrong with this? Well--everything! The basic story has been done to death. Do we really need to see it again. The plot was predictable AND clichéd--not a good thing. The dialogue was on the level of a very bad comic book. The "demons" just looked silly--even by TV standards. They were more comical than scary. The special effects were atrocious. As for the acting--the less said the better! Talented actor Glenister looks (understandably) embarrassed and doesn't even try to act. Cooke is very attractive and hunky--but he's a lousy actor. Also his thick British accent makes most of his dialogue (to American ears) unintelligible. The girls are both good-looking and speak clearly but they're given nothing to do. This is being shown over here in the USA on BBC America. From what I gather this was cancelled in the UK after 6 episodes. No shock there!
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