‘Castlevania’ is an American adult animated web television series, inspired by the Konami’s video game ‘Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse’ and ‘Castlevania: Curse of Darkness’. The series was originally planned as a film by producer Kevin Kolde and his company Project 51, with the art style of the series heavily influenced by that of Japanese anime and Ayami Kojima’s artwork in ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’; which is about a grief-stricken Dracula, who takes revenge against humanity for the death of his wife.
The show airs on Netflix and first premiered on July 7, 2017. It has been developed for the streaming platform by Kevin Kolde, Warren Ellis, Adi Shankar. Ellis has also written the script for the show. The series shows a vampire hunter team up with others to try and defend a country that is overrun with otherworldly creatures that are controlled by Count Dracula himself.
If you have played the games, then you will love the series, and the allure of the game was enough to earn this show quite a large fanbase. Of course, when the show actually took off, a lot of people who had never played the game also began to watch the show due to its rich content and fine execution, not to mention the way it expertly interweaves various genres like drama, action, horror, adventure, and dark fantasy. The critics also gave ‘Castlevania’ favorable reviews, praising it for its strong focus on the narrative and visuals. They also praised how well the game had been adapted to a show, and in fact, in the history of Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Castlevania’ is the first video game adaptation to be rated as ‘Fresh’, which is a positive thing for the show.
Castlevania Cast: Who is in it?
The main voice cast of ‘Castlevania’ consists of Richard Armitage of ‘The Hobbit‘ fame. He voices the character of Trevor Belmont, who happens to be the last member alive of the Belmont clan, a family of monster hunters who was previously excommunicated. James Callis plays the role of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary‘ appears as Adrian Alucard Tepes, the dhampir son of Dracula, who seeks to protect humanity from his father.
For those unaware, a dhampir is a creature, according to Balkan folklore, that is born as a result of a union between a vampire and a human. The human, in this case, is Lisa Tepes, played by Emily Swallow. She is Dracula’s beloved wife, and when she is burnt at the stake after being falsely accused of being a witch, it drives Dracula over the edge. Graham McTavish who appears as the Saint of Killers in ‘Preacher‘ and recently appeared in Netflix’s ‘Lucifer‘ plays the role of Vlad Dracula Tepes or Count Dracula himself. Alejandra Reynoso appears as Sypha Belnades, a powerful magic wielder, Tony Amendola appears as The Elder, and Sypha’s grandfather.
Matt Frewer of ‘Orphan Black’ fame appears as the Bishop. He is the clergyman who upsets the scales by ordering Lisa’s burning. Theo James appears as Hector, a devil forgemaster, whom Dracula summons to help him wage war against humanity. Adetokumboh M’Cormack appears as Isaac, a loyalist to Dracula and one who helps him lead his armies. Jaime Murray of ‘Dexter’ and ‘Ringer’ fame appears as Carmilla. She is a member of Dracula’s war council but is also a scheming vampire mistress with plans to usurp him. Peter Stormare plays Godbrand, a Viking vampire warlord who Dracula summons to help him in this revenge-fuelled war.