I love indie movies and indie TV. Yes, like anything, there's a huge amount of stinkers, but it's not unusual to find a great story. I consider indie productions to be a proverbial lifeboat in the sea of crap that is big budget, soul less remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. The best part, however, is when you stumble on something that's just a gem, like I did with Vampire Mob. Like most productions of this nature, the biggest obstacle is getting your project noticed - an absolute travesty, if you ask me.
Needless to say, I love this series. It's like the Sopranos, with vampires (No, they don't sparkle). While this is a comedy (with lots of cursing and murder), it's not slapstick and cheap jokes - it's dark, subtle and the humor comes natural, rather than feeling forced.
Don Grigioni (John Colella), a hitman who thought he had the solution to all his problems: become a vampire.
Don never planned on making his wife, Annie (Reamy Hall) a vampire - “But then I got hungry.” Annie bites her mother, Virginia (played by Emmy winning actress Marcia Wallace) because she wants someone to complain about Don to and now Virginia’s moving in with them.... for eternity.
With Don’s business slowing down, more mouths to feed and a power shake up with “the families,” the last thing Don needs is another to-do on his to-do list.
The first thing you'll notice is the cast includes well known actors, which results in a very polished feel and flow of dialogue. Don is played by John Colella (Criminal Minds, Girl Walks Into a Bar, L.A. Noire) and Reamy Hall (Criminal Minds, Girl Walks Into a Bar) plays Annie, Don’s very patient wife.Emmy-winning actress, Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons, The Bob Newhart Show) plays Don’t mother-in-law from hell, Virginia and Tony-winning actress Rae Allen (The Sopranos) is Carlina, Don’s mother. Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) stars as Don’s sister-in-law, Laura, Cookie is played by Retta (Parks and Recreation) and in the role of blood dealer in a castle, Marty Five, is Chris Mulkey (Boardwalk Empire, Twin Peaks). Vampire Mob was also written, directed & edited by award-winning filmmaker, Joe Wilson. This series does not have a slap dash production - you can see and FEEL the passion in this project.
With all these great actors, writing, and story, you would think this series would have no issues moving forward, but it does: Vampire Mob, being an indie production, is audience funded. There is no network, no production company and no website handing them checks or promoting them - it all falls on the shoulders of the Producers, Joe Wilson & John Colella, as well as the audience, lovingly called "The Vmob".
So what can you do to help? First (if you haven't yet done so) watch Season 1 & the few episodes of season 2. Then help spread the word. And if at all possible, donate a few bucks to help get season 3 rolling. You can also buy tshirts, mugs and other Vampire Mob items to support the show! The reviews speak for themselves - this is a great show.