Vampires are everywhere! The creatives and cast of Syfy’s Reginald the Vampire took a bite out of NYCC 2022 for a fang-filled panel. Joining in the undead festivities were stars Jacob Batalon (Reginald), Em Haine (Sarah) and Savannah Basley (Angela). Additionally, showrunner Harley Peyton and director Jeremiah Chechik took part in all the comic-con goodness. 

The panel kicked off with an exclusive screening of the first 20 minutes of episode two. After that, the panelists dove into what makes Reginald stand out from other vampires. Firstly, he’s not your typical hero. Chechik noted Reggie would fit the bill of the next-door neighbor or best friend, but in this case, he’s the protagonist. Peyton added that they wanted to steer clear of magic, grounding the show in the foundation of genuine human experiences. 

As Maurice (Mandela Van Peebles) said in the pilot, all human processes still work for vampires, everything is just turbocharged. 

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Next, Batalon discussed what drew him to Reginald the Vampire. The show’s message resonated the most with him. It reminds viewers that you cannot base your worth on your looks. Haine and Basley teased their characters’ trajectories in future episodes. Sarah has a dark past; we’ll see that catch up with her. Meanwhile, Basley revealed Maurice’s impulsiveness knocks over some dominoes in her life. I’m assuming she’s referring to Maurice turning Reginald into a vampire. 

Then, the panelists talked about vampire tropes and how this show seeks to subvert them. For example, Reginald can see his reflection in the mirror. They poke fun at vampires asking for permission to enter human homes. The show satirizes high-cheekboned, vacuous, beautiful people. Chechik also noted the realism of Reginald’s death scene, emphasizing the importance of keeping it grounded in humanity. 

Reginald Andres stares blankly at something off screen while wearing a blue button-down jacket and a brown cap in Reginald the Vampire Season 1 Episode 1, "Dead Weight."

REGINALD THE VAMPIRE — “Dead Weight” Season 1 Episode 1 — Pictured: Jacob Batalon as Reginald — (Photo by: James Dittiger/SYFY)

Basley and Batalon dished on what it was like to wear vampire fangs. Sometimes, they would have to remove their fangs to say their lines. Basley joked that hissing like a cat while donning the fangs helped her get into character. Batalon mentioned the different kinds of fake blood they used, from the standard sugary corn syrup-type blood to “rose water blood,” which also “tasted like sh*t.” 

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Peyton noted that it took a long time to find the right sound for when a vamp extended their fangs. The same went for the other special effects on the series, such as when a vampire utilizes super speed or when they’re staked. 

Naturally, the conversation turned to vampire pop culture influences, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer leading the charge. AngelThe Vampire DiariesQueen of the DamnedInterview with the VampireTrue Blood and Nosferatu also inspired the script. Batalon talked about watching 1992’s Dracula to help him prepare. 

Regarding more Season 1 teases, we can expect vampire karaoke, a “swaggy,” overconfident Reginald who becomes rather fond of wearing a tracksuit and “f*cks sh*t up.” Then, according to Peyton, Reggie fixes things. We also heard more succinct teases from Haine, Batalon and Basley, including “sh*t’s crazy,” “Reginald is terrible,” and random words like “absurd,” “heartstrings” and “family.” Maybe in that order? 

Regardless, I’m here for the ride. Here’s hoping we get Season 2!

Reginald the Vampire airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on your Syfy affiliate. 

TV Review: REGINALD THE VAMPIRE

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