The new SyFy series Blood Drive is from creators John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening) and David Straiton (Bates Motel) and incorporates elements of grindhouse exploitation films of yesteryear with a post-modern sensibility. The series was greenlit for a full 13-episode run right out of the gate.
The trailer incorporates a hell of a lot of B-movie tropes including cannibals, monsters, cults, Amazons and nymphomaniacs. You can really feel the sleazy movie aesthetic of the tone both Hlavin and Straiton are going for. Somewhere between Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse and all the wonderfully corny trailers in between (Thanksgiving, Don’t, and Werewolf Women Of The SS), SyFy’s own Sharknado series (though let’s hope the quality is overall better than that beat-to-death franchise), and any number of Mad Max or Death Race films you can throw in, too.
Check out the trailer for Blood Drive below:
Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Christina Ochoa (Matador) star as L.A.’s last uncorrupt cop and a sexy femme fatale, respectively, and it sounds like they may encounter all of these themes on a cross-country Death Race-style road trip.
SyFy is on a roll lately with their series The Expanse and Dark Matter both picking up loyal fanbase’s and critical receptions, so things are looking good for Blood Drive, especially when the channel will start to have to diversify if they wish to continue to grow in their originally programming department.
Check out the official synopsis for SyFy’s Blood Drive:
Los Angeles in the near future: where water is a scarce as oil, and climate change keeps the temperature at a cool 115 in the shade. It’s a place where crime is so rampant that only the worst violence is punished, and where Arthur Bailey — the city’s last good cop — runs afoul of the dirtiest and meanest underground car rally in the world: Blood Drive. The master of ceremonies is a vaudevillian nightmare, the drivers are homicidal deviants, and the cars run on human blood. Buckle Up, Lube Up and prepare for everything you know about Cable Television to Blow up!
Blood Drive premieres on Syfy on June 14, 2017, at 10 pm.