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“Kindred: The Embraced” DVD review

Drama was based on role-playing game “Vampire: The Masquerade”
by Matthew Price Published: October 25, 2013
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‘Kindred: The Embraced'

Crime families meet supernatural mystery in “Kindred: The Embraced,” a 1996 TV series that has been released in a new edition on DVD.

The eight-episode series was a short-lived vampire series on Fox, where it was produced by Spelling Television. The show has a hint of “Melrose Place” with vampires while also recalling Mafia-influenced dramas.

In “Kindred,” Julian Luna (Mark Frankel) is the prince — think “Godfather” — of five clans of vampires that operate out of San Francisco and control several criminal organizations and rackets. C. Thomas Howell (“The Outsiders”) starred as Frank Kohanek, a police detective who learns of the existence of vampires.

The vampires survive via “The Masquerade,” a set of laws and customs that govern their life among humanity, keeping their true natures a secret. Political infighting and disputes among the clan make for compelling storylines in “Kindred.”

The Kindred don't necessarily need to kill humans, but in order to maintain their strength and ability to walk about in the day, the vampires must periodically feed on small amounts of human blood.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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