We receive a ton of tips every day from independent creators, unaffiliated with any major motion picture studios, television networks, new media studios, or other well-funded online video entities. The Indie Spotlight is where we’ll write about and shout out to a select few of them and bring you up to speed on the great (and sometimes not-so-great) attention-grabbing series you probably haven’t heard about until now. Read previous installments here.
Say what you will about Twilight, but it has provided endless fodder for Internet comedians. The latest series to lampoon the melodramatic vampire saga is Teenage Vampire Killers From Hell, which turns an incompetent priest and a badass into a pair of vampire hunters.
TVKFH stars Andy Rocco as Father Boyd, who is only a man of the cloth because he has so utterly failed at everything else he has tried in the past. Boyd isn’t a naturally violent person, but his partner Frank (Matt DeCoster) has no qualms ending the nightstalking lives of all the teenage vampires he meets. The first episode provides an original story as well as a first look into Boyd and Frank’s partnership.
Father Boyd is a truly unique character, and since it seems like every indie web comedy wants its main character to be a beleaguered-but-socially-confident hero, a protagonist with virtually no social skills ends up being quite refreshing. His meek awkwardness also provides a solid dynamic with Frank, forming a tandem that works well. “Think The Odd Couple, but dangerous and with vampires,” Rocco told Tubefilter, “the way Neil Simon intended it.” Makes sense to me.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT:
- Spin the Bottle. A number of romantic storylines are comically entwined in a series of short scenes.
- Scratch and Sniff. A man is tormented by the belittling quips of his animated pets, a cat named Scratch and a dog named Sniff.
- Never Have I Ever… An Instagram series with dozens of 15-second episodes that explore things its characters have never done in their relationships.
- From the Gutters. An interview series featuring prominent members of the graphic novel community.
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