This is an advanced, spoiler-free review for NOS4A2 from SXSW in Austin, TX. The series will premiere on AMC this summer.
When vampire fiction is adapted for the screen, it generally gets reduced to a narrative involving beautiful supernatural beings falling in love with each other or a gorgeous and naive mortal – as demonstrated by the likes of The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, True Blood, and A Discovery of Witches. Sure, many of the aforementioned takes on the blood-sucking genre do have value – especially True Blood – but none of them has redefined the genre in a compelling way. NOS4A2, AMC’s new supernatural-horror series based on Joe Hill’s bestselling novel of the same name, attempts the lofty goal of taking a centuries-old tale and turning it on its head… and they kind of get it right.