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Van Helsing Video: 'Beautiful, Bloody' Syfy Saga Not Your Typical Vamp Show

Vampires have become ubiquitous on TV, but Van Helsing star Kelly Overton feels confident that Syfy’s upcoming twist on the classic bloodsucker tale will stand out from the pack.

“This show is different than any other vampire shows I’ve seen, and I’ve been a vampire show fan ever since I was kid,” Overton says in the above exclusive video. “It has all these different kinds of vampires,” such as two groups showcased in the sneak peek, the Ancients (one of whom is played by One Tree Hill‘s Paul Johansson) and the Ferals.

In the series, the True Blood actress stars as Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendant of the infamous lineage of warriors. After waking from a five-year coma, the slayer discovers a very different, post-apocalyptic world controlled by vamps.

“There are major environmental problems, which trigger huge catastrophes,” co-star Rukiya Bernard (Intruders) describes. Thanks to the destruction glimpsed in the video — a super volcano obliterates many of the western states! — “the underworld of vampires are able to crawl to the surface.”

It all makes for “a beautiful, bloody, badass mess,” actor Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels) sums up.

Van Helsing premieres with two episodes on Friday, Sept. 23 at 10/9c on Syfy.

Press PLAY above for a sneak peek, then hit the comments with your thoughts on Van Helsing‘s violent adventure.