Undead on Arrival

Can HBO's drama True Blood reinvent the vampire story? We only wish that we could B-positive

Prashant Gupta / HBO

Bill (Moyer) must court Sookie while resisting the urge to dine on her.

Like most HBO series, vampire drama True Blood (Sundays, 9 p.m. E.T.) has a fantastic title sequence. To the tune of Jace Everett's dark country single Bad Things, images of death, lust and religious frenzy flash by. A woman writhes in black lingerie ... a preacher lays on hands ... a Venus flytrap snaps shut on a frog. It's a fever dream of Eros wrestling Thanatos in the middle of a tent revival. Damn! I think. I want to see the show those titles are for.

And maybe someday I will. Alan Ball (Six Feet Under's creator) is adapting a series...

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