So, you've heard about the "V5" virus and/or the "K-17"
virus and want to know if there's any truth? Sorry to disappoint you,
but the answer is "No." They were both created as promotional
material for both a TV show (which I have seen and can verify firsthand)
and a movie (which I haven't gotten found - yet - but plan on it.) I hadn't
posted anything on my site about these sooner because I didn't have the
links until I saw them over on Drink Deeply & Dream's original EZBoard
virus from the Reign
In Darkness movie (Australia, 2001) )
The "K17 / RV-K17" virus was part of promotional material
for an Australian movie called "Reign in Darkness", in 2001.
You an see the Wayback machine's archive for the character pages of
Michael Dorn, Gage,
Swift, and Lance
as well as the plot
summary and the movie's fictional
theory. Note the name of "RapidFire Productions Pty Ltd"
at the bottom - they're a movie
(Yes, that's two different links.)
(A virus From the Ultraviolet
TV series (England, 1998) )
The "V5 virus" was part of promotional material for a BBC-4
series called "Ultraviolet"
back in 1998. (No, this is NOT the recent American movie.) You can read
website, or the IMDB
entry if you are having doubts. It actually was NOT a virus in the
show! Just a means to identiy vampiric persons - it was referred to
as "Code 5" when spoken in dialogue. If you can find it, it
is highly recommended as being worth the time to watch. View the plot
I have personally seen all six episodes, and recommend it very highly.
Story quality is excellent, and I love how it keeps you guessing until
the very end!
TrueBlood TV Series (USA,
2007 - ?)
- True Blood
- HBO PR site
- Profile on IMDB
This TV show is based on Charlaine Harris' "Southern
Vampire mysteries" series of books featuring Sookie Stackhouse,
a telepathic waitress who comes off in the TV series far too much
like a blonde bimbo. (She's less bimbo-y in the books, thankfully.)
"TruBlood" itself is a fictional blood substitute product.
Key word: FICTIONAL.
Terms used in this series include: TruBlood and Fangbanger.
Website names associated with this series are: True-blood.tv,
TruBlood, Bloodcopy, American Vampire League, Fellowship of the Sun,
Lovebitten, TrueBeverage, as well as a Trueblood wiki on the HBO site
itself. Note that these are VERY SPECIFICALLY associated with the tv
series, and have nothing to do with reality, despite some (from this
community's perspective) shady marketing techniques on the part of the
The marketing firm associated with TruBlood show related advertising
is CampFire NYC, they seem to be particularly good at doing "viral
marketing" campaigns. Mention has been made of TruBlood vending
machines actually being set up (but always empty), and trucks being
driven around with the TruBlood logo on them. I will admit, I've enjoyed
a good giggle at some of the bad puns they've come up with... :)
Twilight Saga movie series (USA,
2008, 2009, 2010)
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