Thoughts On: Netflix’ Castlevania Teaser: Vengeance


So I know that everyone and their distant cousins that they don’t keep in touch with, but awkwardly meet at family get-togethers are all hyped about the new season of Game of Thrones, and don’t get me wrong, I am too. But there’s another trailer that came out today that got me giddier than a nine year old at Chuck E Cheese…except way more than that because no nine year old in 2017 gives two flying f#@ks about Chuck E Cheese.

Anyway, so of course, you know what it is. It’s the new teaser trailer for the Castelvania original series by Netflix. Now I remember hearing about Netflix being in the works on a Castelvania series, and I honestly didn’t even believe it until now.

And since Castlevania is one of my favourite video game series of all time, I was obviously very skeptical when I saw that Netflix was going to do something with the franchise. And it’s not because of Netflix, but because…well come on now, Video Games and Hollywood haven’t exactly played nice in the past.

So let’s get right into it. As soon as the trailer opens, a little twinkle sparks up in my eyes, as the camera pans over an NES, with a See through Castlevania cartridge atop of it. A man’s hand comes into frame, he picks up the game, and HOLY F#@K ME BLOWS INTO IT! This is probably the best minor detail that was completely unnecessary, but totally pulls at many of our nostalgia strings and so was a really nice little nod to gamers. We come up from behind the table and see a CRT TV in the distance with the Netflix logo on it. On the TV we then transition into a very cool, classic looking NES menu screen, where we see the different Netflix Original shows like House Of Cards. We get into Castlevania, and hit the Play Trailer option. And now the trailer begins.

I have to say, the amount of minor details they put just in this intro is very cool. Again, completely unnecessary, but they did it to show the people that are going to watch this, people like you and me that love these games; that they get it; which is awesome.

Now this trailer doesn’t show much, obviously since it’s a teaser, so I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty details. But Castlevania is something that isn’t the easiest of source materials to work with. Again, clearly this series isn’t catering to newer Castlevania’s like Lords of Shadow, but more to the retro games; which makes things a bit harder. This isn’t Final Fantasy where there’s a complete story and lore to work with. But what do those older games have? Two things. Music, and Atmosphere. The Castevania games were always filled with atmosphere. It was dark, gritty, but also had tremendous amounts of class, sophistication, and style. The music went from epic, to ominous, to eerie. Every area was unique, and had enemies that were varied, but also set the tone for the area. It wasn’t a game for kids. It was mature.

It was also pretty campy with its dialogue at times too. I mean hell we all know this from Symphony of the Night.

This teaser definitely feels like it’s going in the right direction. A splatter of blood as the main character swings his whip, alongside an army of decomposing skeletons that are all tied to a pike, with fire and explosions; all narrated by an old dude with a campy accent.

It looks good, honestly. And I’m definitely on my way to the hype train. I’m still skeptical and will hold off until I’ve seen the real thing, but things are looking better than expected.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

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