One of the greatest benefits of having access to a service like Netflix’s Instant Streaming is having access to films, televion shows and miniseries that might never have made it to your local video rental store’s shelves. Among the many titles available for streaming is a wide offering of programs from across the pond. With the BBC producing some of the best in supernatural and sci-fi televion in the recent past, this is nothing but a boon to horror fans.
Available now for streaming is the 1999 UK miniseries Ultraviolet, a modern and high-tech take on vampires. Stylish and edgy, the series follows police detective Michael Colefield as he delves into the mystery of his misng partner, who disappeared just before his wedding day, and is drawn into a worldwide conspiracy set to allow vampires to take over the world. Starring Jack Davenport, perhaps best known to American audiences from his turn in the Pirates of the Caribbean films but well known to his native British audience from his comedic role in the tcom Coupling, the film makes clear that vampires are the focus all the while dancing around ung the actual word. Very clever and well written, the series also stars Idris Alba, who won a 2011 Golden Globe for the title role in the series Luther.
This series goes against the grain in what most would conder clasc vampire films, but does so in such a sleek and stylish manner that it manages to impress all the while creating its own lore. For those who are tired of Dracula clones and teenage vamps in lust, Ultraviolet is the perfect refresher in the genre we all know and love. Definitely worth your time.