Book Trailer Thursday: Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing)

Just a quick stab (shrieking violins!) today. Vampire Rising, the first book in the new Alex Van Helsing series, is right in line with what you’d expect from a boy-centric middle-grade update on the famous character: a 14-year-old with a famous surname learns his lineage, a teacher reveals himself to be an operative in a high-tech organization that hunts nefarious baddies, etc, etc. Plenty of fun, but none too surprising.

So what’s up with this trailer? With its horror-film b-roll and sounds of a chain saw (why a chain saw? Nobody knows!) set to an industrial beat, it feels like something concocted by Rob Zombie. I love it, but it’s totally at odds with the modern attitude and gadgetry of the book.

Verdict: Conflicted. Fans of Svengooli will eat this up. Calling all 14-year-old Svengooli fans! Uh, anyone? Anyone?



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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  1.' Jason says:

    For what it’s worth, there’s actually a second version, slightly different text and pull quote, here:

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