BASIC STORY:A vampire, ghost, and werewolf all live together in a rented home where they help each other adapt to a plethora of dramatic challenges each individual faces while attempting to live as much like typical humans as possible. In the US series, the primary residence is very Gothic/spooky and vintage/rustic feeling home. In the the UK version, it is much less attractive and merely shabby-looking. I also felt the American actors were better looking, and played more believable parts, over all, than the UK actors.
MAIN CHARACTER VAMPIRE:
|US Vampire/nurse |
Sam Witwer as Vampire "Aidan Waite"
Dark natured and a bit self loathing
|UK Vampire/nurse |
Aidan Turner as Vampire "John Mitchell"
bright-eyed and progressive personality
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE US and UK VERSIONS:#1 - In both movies, the vampire-nurse Aidan/Mitchell receives a video of a female vampire feeding on a male-human/stranger where she ends up killing him. In the U.S. version, the vampire's image shows on film, with blood dripping down her face and body, and the video is designated as "vampire porn" but in the UK version the predatory vampire seems invisible on film and neither her body nor the victim's blood is visible in the recording.
#2 - Some phrases in The UK version seemed politically offensive to this American reviewer. For instance, the UK version refers to a women's menstrual cycle as the "dirty lady time" (as though girls and their health deserve to be socially disregarded with such derogatory references).
#3 - To its credit, the UK version gives a much more detailed anatomy & physiology lesson while the werewolf transforms from man to beast. Some viewers might prefer that sort of narration, while the U.S. version prefers to "show" than tell.
#4 - The UK version begins its first episode with the werewolf George meeting his socially-clueless and very rude "maker" while the US version builds a lot more complex relationship background between the three main characters long before that introduction ever happens. When viewers meet the werewolf's maker in either version, he displays neanderthal behaviors, but he's a bit more obnoxious as a redneck in the US version.
#5 - The UK version involves the maker-werewolf utilizing self-defacing remarks, such as lame jokes about werewolves being "house trained," while the U.S. version is limited to vampires making such derogatory comments about werewolves.
#6 - In the UK version it's the vampire who invites the werewolf's maker to spend the night. In the US version the vampire suspects the elder werewolf and younger wolf Josh invites him in.
#7 - US version, during transformation, werewolves eat red and raw beef. In the UK version, they're limited to chasing after a plucked and beheaded chicken.
#8 - In the US version, ghost Sally cannot move objects until much time has advanced. UK version, ghost Annie can brew coffee and performs all sorts of physical tasks, from the get-go.
MAIN CHARACTER WEREWOLF:
Russell Tovey as "George Sands"
|US Jewish Werewolf|
Sam Huntington as "Josh Levison"
MAIN CHARACTER GHOST:
|US ghost: Meaghan Rath as "Sally Malik"|
(feels legitimate anguish and must learn how to pick up
objects and how to leave the house. Travels by thoughts.
Actively seeks resolution to feeling stuck.) He fiance
murdered her following a quarrel they had over her
|UK ghost: Lenora Crichlow as "Annie Sawyer" (can move objects from the start and leaves the house like any human. Travels by bus or jogs. Cries over engagement gifts and kitchen gadgets). Her fiance|
killed her after arguing over a pair
of her thong panties.