FIRST KILL on Netflix is a new vampire series that also features lots of other monsters. And monster hunters. The main characters are LGBTQ teens and overall, the casting (and the actual characters) are what works best. Read our full First Kill Season 1 review here!
FIRST KILL is a new Netflix series in the horror, drama, and mystery genres. The story is all about vampires and those who hunt them. Well, along with many other monsters. Also, at the heart of the story, we have two teenage girls who have fallen in love. Since one is a vampire and the other is a hunter, it’s an uphill battle.
Fortunately, the sexuality of these girls (or any of the other LGBTQ characters) is a non-issue. Instead, we’re in a classic Romeo & Juliet pickle, where the families are mortal enemies. While the characters are what make this Netflix series worth watching, I am not really a fan of the CGI effects. Though practical effects are also used quite a lot.
Continue reading our First Kill Season 1 review below. All 8 episodes are out on Netflix from June 10, 2022.
All kinds of monsters
While First Kill is very much a vampires and hunters story, it is essentially also about humanity – even of those who are vampires or hunters. Basically, it’s about choice and how we can all choose to be monsters. Or fight our urge to react in ways that are brutal and violent.
Okay, that sounds a bit more wishy-washy than First Kill is. Because there are many monsters and lots of violence and maiming going on.
But what I also really like is the way monsters are introduced and explained. Like the fact that zombies aren’t slow. That’s just an urban myth and in reality, they are extremely fast. In First Kill, the zombies make the Train to Busan zombies look slow. So yeah, they are really fast.
Also, vampires aren’t easy to kill. Or rather, it depends on what kind of vampire, you’re facing.
Great characters and perfect casting
As already mentioned, I am not a huge fan of the effects in First Kill. This goes especially for the (somewhat crude) CGI but also the (equally kitsch) practical effects. However, and this is extremely important, it is clearly a choice. And I have to respect this. Even if it distracts me personally.
The kind of effects used in First Kill will be familiar to fans of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Wynonna Earp, etc. In other words, there is a huge precedent for this style and a huge fan base for these series. I never cared for this style, but what made those series work for me was the character gallery.
In First Kill, it is exactly the same. The characters are very well written and the attitude and dialogue work remarkably well. It’s entertaining and continuously builds the story in various ways and directions.
The two lead characters, Juliette and Calliope (or just “Cal”), are portrayed by two wonderful young actors. Sarah Catherine Hook (The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It) plays the role of vampire Juliette Fairmont, and Imani Lewis (Vampires vs. the Bronx) plays monster hunter Cal Burns.
In another key role, we get Elizabeth Mitchell (The Purge: Election Year, Lost), who is brilliant – as always. Also, there’s Gracie Dzienny (Jupiter’s Legacy), Will Swenson (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and Dylan McNamara (Euphoria).
Aubin Wise is full of tough love as the mother of Cal and works great opposite from Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Juliette’s mother. Also, newcomer Jonas Dylan Allen is very impressive. He plays ben Wheler, the best friend of Juliette.
Watch season 1 of First Kill on Netflix
V. E. Schwab is the creator and executive producer of First Kill which is based on her original story. Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books. Felicia D. Henderson (Fringe, The Punisher) is the showrunner and producer, and both Schwab and Henderson are writers on the new Netflix series.
Other producers include actor Emma Roberts (American Horror story, The Hunt) who produces alongside Karah Preiss through Belletrist Productions. As director and producer, Jet Wilkinson (Warrior Nun) is also a key part of this production.
Hopefully, this one will be a hit so we can have more seasons. While I am not completely crazy about the style of the special effects, I am very intrigued by the characters. And yes, that is plenty of reason to watch this series. Also, episode 5 alone has two huge WTF!-moments, which should also intrigue horror fans!
First Kill season 1 is out on Netflix globally from June 10, 2022.
Showrunner/Writer: Felicia D. Henderson
Creator/Writer: V.E. Schwab
Cast: Sarah Catherine Hook, Imani Lewis, Jonas Dylan Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gracie Dzienny, Will Swenson, Jason R. Moore, Phillip Mullings Jr., Dominic Goodman, Dylan McNamara, Walnette Marie Santiago, Gail Soltys, Joseph D. Reitman, Rachael Thompson, Callan Wilson, Exie Booker, Christopher B. Duncan, Maddison Bullock, Damali Ross, Nathalie Hendrix, Diana Lovell, Adam Fristoe, Jim Devoti, Kayte Giralt, Jennifer Yun, Alex D. Jennings, Jesse Gallegos, Scott Rapp, Bill Winkler, Emily Brinks, Britt George, Dayna Beilenson, Africa Miranda, Demi Castro, Brett A. Newton, Lucy Catharine Haskill
When it’s time for teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, she sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope (Imani Lewis). But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for.