Sunday, 16 December 2007

Whisper


This chiller is in the vein of Omen, Village of the Damned and Children of the Corn.
A group of ex-cons kidnap an 8 year old boy and while hiding in a closed down camp in the dead of winter one by one they fall prey to madness and murder.
You are left wondering if the child is indeed a vampire or an angel.
In the end it is all about who and what you can really trust.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Classic Diva


I know I just posted this on my other blog Andrew and the Aluminumsidings
But I love this. Here is me in Second Life as the Bride of Frankenstein

Sunday, 9 December 2007

The Munsters Scary Little Christmas

This was a made for TV movie back in 1996 but has just gotten a new release on DVD.
The Munsters (this was the second movie with the new cast ) are having to deal with Eddie being depressed because he is homesick at the holidays. When Grandpa tries to create snow for the season he somehow manages to hijack Santa and two Elves dropping them into the mix. While this is happening, Herman is trying to get a job to bring in extra cash, Lily has entered into the community decorations event and Marylin has found a boyfriend.
There are no extras on this DVD and it runs at 90mins.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Skin Walkers


Alittle bit Forsaken a little bit Near Dark a little bit Ginger Snaps, this Canadian film brings a nice twist to the werewolf theme.
Set in the middle of a small town that is never really mentioned, it takes you into the surface level of two packs of werewolves.
One pack is hunting down a small boy who is said to change the course of their lives, the other pack is trying to hide him. In true western style, there is a showdown in an old warehouse.
I can't say that this is really a fresh take, there is one very predicable "twist" in the plot. I can say that I thought casting Kim Coats as one of the members of the "evil" pack was brilliant. It has been said that when doing a movie with a Canadian cast having Kim Coats as your bad guy is only fitting as he gives great fright. (he plays the older long grey haired werewolf in the motorcycle pack)
I hope there is a second one in the works that might dig alittle deeper into the story.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Fido

Limited release in cinema few months ago, this Canadian zombie film is not what you would expect. Set in the 1950's it seems to pick up where Plan 9 From Outerspace left off. The Earth was sent into a war with the living dead which gets simply called "The Zombie War" .
A little suburb of somewhere that is never really mentioned, is the home of the latest attack of zombies. This town has employed the zombies as butlers, maids, mailmen etc some even keep them as pets.
Fido is a very tongue in cheek film made to look like a 1950's tv show.
This is a comedy, and a poorly written one at that.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Day Watch (DVD)

This film was just released here today. The second in the series of Russian horror fables, it packs a punch. Once again we are in the middle of the war between the Light Others and the Dark Others. This time, our main character must choose between the woman he's inlove with and his son. Each represents a side, and trust is the bottom line. There is a magick piece of chalk that let's whoever holds it re-write their own personal history. Both sides want this chalk. Based on the book Day Watch. The style of the film makes it alittle hard to follow at times, but the story is well worth the attempt.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Rise Blood Hunter


New on DVD in two versions, rated and unrated. Another vampire film that turns the vampire into the vampire hunter.

The lead character is a reporter who has just managed to blow open the underground gothic cult that has griped the L.A. area. She ends up getting too deep into things, after her informant ends up dead. Kidnapped, raped and left a victim herself, she wakes from it to find herself a vampire. She then goes on a bloody killing spree of revenge.

Marilyn Manson has a small role in this as the bartender.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Happy Anniversary Rue Morgue

Issue #72 is on stands now. The October issue is a double length issue filled with more gore then normal because it is the 10th anniversary of the Canadian magazine.
















ALSO ON NEWSTANDS...

Issue #8 of HorrorHound Magazine (Winter 2007/2008) is out now.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

The Thirst


Well, with one cast member of Blade the Television Series, and three from the Buffy/Angel campus, you would think this vampire movie could do no wrong.
WRONG!
It is a good idea, using the vampire as a way to look at addiction, but that isn't really a new idea. It seemed like it was missing too much story leaving alot of holes for the daylight to sneak into.
We have a couple who are recovering drug addicts. One is dying from Cancer, the other is just not paying attention to things. While in hospital the lead female is make into a vampire to save her. After mourning her death, her boyfriend sees her in a club and finds what really happens, only to be turned into a vampire too. Now they have to survive the night and keep their new family from killing a camp of kids.
If it wasn't for the sexual content of this movie being in every scene, it could have passed as an after school special.
For having so many crew from the Whedon casting department, this movie was a let down.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Collector's Edition Dracula


This 2 disk edition has been remasterd with a bunch of extras. 4 new documentaries, commentary and deleted scenes all in widescreen. The box art in black and red. Well worth the cash ($30 Canadian) and just in time for Hallowe'en.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Blood is the New Black


This book was promoted as being "Devil Wears Prada with Vampires" and it lives up to its name.

Not a horror story, or even a mystery but straight up chick lit.
The main character is given a job at a fashion magazine for the summer, it is a job she really didn't ask for and not sure she should be doing. But since her mother was a top designer she really has no choice it's been set in stone.
All her senior staff have strange habits, they sleep all day, party all night, never eat, and never use the bathroom.
Throwin a few gossiping coworkers, a lot of sunglasses and did I mention a few bloodless bodies and we have a really funny take on an old topic.

What I would like to know is there really a StakeOut.com?

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

Part musical part kung-fu film this 2002 addition to the vampire scene leaves alot to be desired.
I came across this dvd in Edmonton in a Blockbuster and because someone had mentioned it I decided to buy it.
Ummm...Can I have my $25 back?
The story goes like this vampires can walk about in daylight and are killing the lesbians in Ottawa. The local church has only one choice left to ask Jesus to save their souls, with help of course from a masked wrestler.
Funny at times, at lest it is original.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

BloodRayne 2

MMMM.....I hated the first one but rented this one anyways.
This time around Rayne is in the wild west tracking down Billy the Kid who is a vampire.
Not much to say about this one other then it is Canadian and has some of the top Canadian actors in it.
This movie is a straight up western that happens to have vampires in it. The vampires are infact down played alot. This second offering in the BloodRayne series has a very made for tv feel to it, can't say from the credits if that is the case or not, but it still out shined the first one.

The Blood Books Volume One/Blood Ties

As I mentioned Tanya Huff's books have been made into a Canadian TV series.
And the re-release of her books as a three volume set (I have only been able to find three anyways) to connect it all together.
I just finished reading the first volume which has both Books 1 and 2 -Blood Price and Blood Trail- which I can't say enough good things about.
Blood Price opens with a strange creature killing people in a very vampire like fashion because of one lonely crazed student. It is the introduction to the lead characters and the set up for the rest of the series.
Blood Trail switches gears and has the leading character thrown into a modern pack of Wers.

I just saw the first 2 episodes of the tv show as well. It blended the first book well into a tv format.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Well it's News to Me part 2

Blood Ties will be airing on Space the Imagination Station starting Sept. 14 at 9pm.
For those of us Canadians who do not have City TV.

The show is based on the books by Tanya Huff.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Vampires



This 95paged pocketbook isn't worth the time.
It is a rehashing of everything we already know about vampires in folklore, much of which we have already read in better books and seen in documentaries. This is also part of a series (werewolves, witches etc) by Nigel Suckling.
This volume is only something that you would pick up if you are a collector, or to introduce someone to the vampire but not for a serious vampirologist looking for new information.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Tiedland

My friend Erin told me about this film a few months ago. Part Alice in Wonderland part Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (made by the same people) we are taken for a surreal ride through the eyes of a little girl after her parents die of drugs. She is left alone in her grandmother's rotting house in the middle of nowhere having to deal with the people who live next door.
She is 9 years old with only her doll heads for friends. That is until the neighbours manage to creep into her life. One of which is a mentally handicapped man in his twenties. His sister is a taxidermist and decides to stuff the girl's dead father and places him in the child's room.
This film touches on the morbid in more then one way, expressing madness through the mundane. We learn that the two families are connected in many ways, one being that the Taxidermist and the girl's father had been friends years before.
Now, I am listing this as a vampire film for the fact that it plays on manipulation. Everyone of the female characters (the girl, her mother, the taxidermist, and the grandmother) all used their sexuality to manipulate the men in the film. This is a disturbing film not just because of the nightmare scenes involving the rotting corpse of the child's father, but because of the love story between the 9 year old girl and the twenty something mentally handicapped male. The girl reminds me alot of the character Claudia from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles in the way that she is a woman trapped in a child's body (she is very aware of her charm and sexuality even at such a young age) and the comparison to an emotional vampire can be made. She goes from one adult to another through this entire film trying to get what she feels she is missing.

This is based on a book, which I have not read, and is a Canadian film.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Horror on Demand

The Spookiest Show On Earth!

I want to start by saying, damn, I wish I was going. But it's not in my personal budget.
And this little treat was found in my crypt, a friendly little production person at RHI Horror sent me this while I was on summer break....Kevin Sorbo stars in Something Beneath, a new film that revolves around a massive deadly creature that is living underground. It decides to invade a Clean Planet conference and kills off each of the people in attendance.

And if you are a fan of Micheal Madsen then you will want to tune into Croc. This one is about a small town with a killer croc and a few croc farmers who are battling it out for the top spot.
Both these films can be seen on demand for the next while.


Thou not vampire films, we need to help keep horror alive.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Monster Squad


If you read my other blog this morning, you know I was on the hunt for this dvd.
And I managed to get a copy. It was released today for the first time on DVD, Monster Squad 20th Anniversary Edition is a two disk set with a ton of groovy extras. Rue Morgue Magazine did a special with Issue #69 (July 2007) having the cover of the original poster and a hefty interview inside. I remember now when and why I started to think of vampires as something sexy, Duncan Regehr. Now for those who have been living in a tomb for the last 20 years and have not seen it...
Dracula is after a stone that will make the world loose the daylight, and he brings in the help of Frankenstein, The GillMan, The Mummy, and the Wolfman. He has won before, 100 years ago, or almost won, until Van Helsing sends all the monsters back to another time and place. His one chance in 100 years to try again is now, and the only thing stopping him is a group of teenagers who have Van Helsing's Diary, the Monster Squad.
This has always been on my top ten all time favourite movies and it's about time it got released on DVD.

Monday, 23 July 2007

Night Watch (movie)


This is a Russian film from a few years back but just released here.
I spotted this and thought the story had a very new quality to it.
Set in a modern world that could be mistaken for an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (infact there is a scene where one of the main characters is watching BTVS season 5 episode 1) Where shapeshifters, vampires, and voodoo are more then possible. We open with a man wanting to have revenge on his cheating wife by going to the local witch only to start seeing things while he is there, and learns that he is an Other. As the story unfolds we learn that there were two armies, on of Light one of Dark who have been battling it out since the beginning of time. At this point now, there is a peace pact and the Night Watch are running things. There is said to be one soul that can change the balance of things, and a war breaks out for that soul.
This is meant to be the first part of a trilogy, the second chapter is called Day Watch (not released here yet) and I just found out they are based on a series of books. (which I just ran out and bought both of)
Thought the copy I found was dubbed, it didn't take away from the story. A modern fable of good vs evil or is it evil vs evil or good vs good? Hard to say, but riveting none the less.

Perfect Creature


Perfect Creature.
Not so much.
This was just released here and from what I am told is a remake of a 1960's film. I have no proof of that, what I do know is I did not much care for it.
I did like the fact it was set timelessly. Half the visuals were very modern half were very 1940ish. This film is set in a world where vampire males are born and raised to be the protectors of the world. They are taken in by the church and raised as priests. While their Brotherhood is mostly doing good, one lone vampire has other plans and starts to feed on humans. When doing so, he unleashes a virus that has plague like quickness that kills his victims and shuts down whole cities. What is his goal? To find one female strong enough to breed a female child. It seems only males are born with this vampiric gene. At the same time an extreme flu has broken out almost worldwide bringing the population to it's knees. One female cop hot on the trail of the rogue vampire is the key, she is also inlove with the Brotherhood's next chosen leader.
I am not sure if this was a made for tv movie or meant to be the pilot of a tv show, but it felt like it might.

Friday, 13 July 2007

The Best of the Hunters

I wanted to touch briefly on the topic of the Vampire's other half, and what a better time then Friday the 13th!

It has been said that if you believe in vampires then you need to believe in Vampire Hunters. Some have been more popular then others, but this is my list of the vampire's mortal (or immortal) enemy.

  1. Van Helsing
  2. Buffy/Angel
  3. Mr. Peter Vincent Fearless Vampire Killer
  4. Blade
  5. Monster Squad
  6. Roman Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers
  7. Lost Boys
  8. Jack Crow from Vampires
Taking a look at the idea of team work being used runs through most of the above character list. Usually, one hunter has the brains but a group is needed to hold down, encase, or distract the vampire in question.
The Lost Boys and Monster Squad were released around the same time, each taking the approach of a group of teens who stumble upon the bad guys and without help from parents or police (until it's too late) they carve stakes and smash garlic themselves to protect the town.
Roman Polanski took a very comical approach to the topic. Playing on Europe's folklore and downright silly means to trap the vampires. One thing it did do was bring up the idea that the cross isn't always useful. One of the vampires in this film was Jewish.
Fright Night 1 and 2 played on all hunters that had been created up to that point. It combined the names of Peter Cushing and Vincent Price to create the movie's main hero, Mr Peter Vincent the Fearless Vampire Killer. Also a take on Roman Polanski's film (not just the title, but the fact that Polanski played the starring role)
Blade turned everything sideways. Here the myth of the dhampir is used, making Blade a half human half vampire. He makes the best hunter because he knows their weaknesses and their strengths first hand. This theme is also touched on in the Buffy/Angel myth.
Buffy is a creature unto herself. Something born in response to vampires. Her sole purpose is to find them and kill them. Her male counterpart is a rare thing as well, a vampire with a soul. It's the old fear of becoming what you fear/hate.
Van Helsing. Old, young, British, or otherwise he is the icon of hunters. Always a strong mind, strong will and the books to back it up. No one seems to ever really question his belief or the tales of monsters or that it is for the good of mankind to destroy the vampires that the characters come across. Maybe not the most violent of the hunters, but the most ruthless.
Top Van Helsings
  1. Anthony Hopkins
  2. Peter Cushing
  3. Edward Van Sloan
  4. Hugh Jackman
In many stories the hunter is not prepared. A person who is thrown into the chaos and disbelief. But on the flipside, a very readily trained hunter such as James Wood's verison of Jack Crow from John Carpenters' Vampires is infact backed by the church. (Jon Bon Jovi played another one of the team in the second film) Christianity runs through most modern vampire mythology once again giving the idea that the vampire is an all destructive character soul less and demonic therefore needing to inlist a priest.

Happy Hunting

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Shade


This is one that surprised me. It is about a group of fans who are going to a book convention for a series of vampire novels. It sort of plays off of the popularity that vampires had in the 1990's as well as the role playing vampire games. The theme of this book is blurring the lines of what is real and what is not.
We meet Shade. She is a very sexy writer of vampire novels, who just happens to be a very sexy vampire. Her books lure and seduce her victims and then she finds them all over the world by using mirrors.
I liked this book because it took a fresh look at the vampire, not just as a horror story, not just as an erotic story, but as a media persona all it's own.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

In this 2000 released made for TV Disney film, two kids team up to get their mom out of the house one October night so that they can go to the Octoberfest. They do this by answering an add on the internet for her, saying she would meet the strange man in the market. Meanwhile, the youngest one of the family has found out the truth about mom's date and gets the help of a vampire hunter, because mom's date is actually a vampire.

It's a cute film, PG rated and still funny enough to watch in "Hallowe'en Season".

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Vampires Everywhere...Look!

"Vampires Pretending to be Humans Pretending to be Vampires" -Interview with the Vampire
That sums up what I am going to say today.
I am going to start some posts (this one will be more a list) on the Hidden Vampire in movies/books. Vampires that just because they don't fall into the Hollywood traps of coffins/stakes/fangs/ etc... most don't class as vampires but if you look closer you will see they are.
  1. Nightmare on Elm Street series
  2. Edward Scisorshands
  3. Farscape
  4. Star Trek
  5. Matrix
  6. Shock'em Dead
  7. Trick or Treat
  8. Black Roses
  9. Hamlet
I know there are more to this list that even I am not thinking of at the moment.
(I actually had very detailed notes on this topic but have lost them somewhere, and doing my best to remember.)

I will start with the easiest of the list Shock'em Dead.
Here we have what seems like just another 1980's/1990's (honestly not sure on the timeframe for this one) rock n roll story. Martin Angel is a guitar player who just wants to be part of the band, and would do anything to get it. So he sells his soul to the Devil to become the greatest rock star alive, becoming Angel Martin to everyone. Only one thing, he has to take other people's souls to stay alive, draining their life from them. Makes him a psy-vamp. Needing the energy from others to keep up his own. This film does take it to extremes but hey, it's an old heavy- metal-great -for -Hallowe'en-night-partys- film.




Saturday, 16 June 2007

Blood and Chocolate


Yes I know, it's not a vampire story but a werewolf story.
But, I have a few reasons for talking about this film. Let me start by saying, No I have not read the book it is based on my views on Blood and Chocolate is the dvd only. Reason #1-It was just released on DVD
Reason #2-The people who work at my Blockbuster
Reason #3-The connection to vampires in the media and myth

Okay now the review: We have a girl who's family is hunted down and slaughtered because they are werewolves. She is the only one to survive. Moving half way around the world to live with her aunt and cousin, she melts into the pack. We are then thrown ten years into her life. The Pack leader picks a new "wife" every 7 years, and he has his eye on her. She wants nothing to do with him mostly because he is her "uncle" by marriage. In walks a cute American artist who is doing a story on the Loup Garoux. A mythical creature that could shape shift and had been worshiped hundreds of years before. The young lovers are hunted by the rest of the pack, mostly because of fear the boy will tell the world about them and they would be hunted once more.
I have mixed feelings about this film. It's got the typical "Romeo and Juliet" thing going for it, making it a love story, it has shape shifters making it a horror story, it has fighting making it an action story. But, it just seemed to lack something. I just don't know what. I was watching this and thinking, "and then what?" which could only mean one thing....they are already planning a second film.
Okay, so there was reason #1, now I will give you reason #2 and #3. I wish that Blockbuster or any rental store for that matter, would have the same core rule as Chapters Books does, which is that 'all staff members must learn about other genres other then their favourite to better serve their customers'. My sister, her first day on the job was handed a reading list and told to 'bone up on her knowledge of authors, genres and books just in case'. Too bad movie stores don't require the same thing. When I was checking out with this film the other day, the girl at the counter started to make comments about this film. When I asked what she thought of the story, she admitted she hadn't even seen it, that she was giving the 'rental speech'.
Right! She did mention a loogaroo which sent my mind right back to yeap....vampires. I know I have seen the term loogaroo before in my studies of vampire mythology. So cracking open my books I did come across the term. It is vampire in Haiti folklore. They would remove their skins and become balls of light, draining the life of sleeping victims. It is also a corruption of the term loup garou which is the French term for shapeshifter, or werewolf.
The removing of skins to become pure energy is where the idea of shifting falls into play.

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Some Underlooked Canadian Vamps


Four of my favourite vampire films are Canadian Made.

Blood and Donuts: Boya is a vampire who's life fell apart in the late 1960's so he went into a deep sleep. Woken up in the late 1990's by a golf ball, he starts hunting around Toronto and comes across an old lover, a taxi driver, the Mob and a donut shop worker. This strange modern day tale of friendship, trust and addiction is light when it needs to be, dark when it needs to be, and a Cronenberg classic.


Karmina and K2-Les Zombies: Karmina is a vampire who's family wish to marry her off to Vlad. In the first film, she flees her home of Romania to her freedom in Montreal. Here she hides out at her aunt's place finding there is a better way to be a vampire in the modern day. Karmina falls in love after drinking a potion to make her human, while trying to stay one step ahead of Vlad as he goes looking for her.
In the sequel, We follow Vlad as he is being chased around Montreal by news reporters, the Mob and one angry woman who wants revenge on him for making her husband a vampire. The first film is a love story, the second a buddy movie. Both are filled with laughs.




Central Park Drifter (Graveyared Shift) : Here is a story about Stephen Tsepes, a cab driver who feeds only on women who are about to die. After 300 years, he falls in love with a television producer and saves her from her illness. But they are hunted down by his past lovers, and her husband. This film was good enough for a sequel called "Understudy Graveyard Shift 2".

The Best of The Sequels

Now, I have not obviously seen EVERY sequel to every vampire film out there, but I have seen a bunch. So this is my top list of vampire sequels....
  1. To Die 4 Two Son of Darkness. The sequel to "Bram Stoker's Dracula The Love Story To Die For" In which we find Vlad now named Max, working as a doctor in a small town where his son is located.
  2. Dracula's Daughter. Set right after the original 1931 Dracula, we find Dracula's Daughter trying to live a normal life.
  3. Fright Night 2. The hero from the first Fright Night film is back and this time he falls victim to the sister of the vampire he killed.
  4. Blade 3 Trinity. This is on my list not for it's story, but for seeing wrestler Triple H in a comedy role. Here we have Blade trying to stop the oldest vampire from taking over the world.
  5. Understudy Graveyard Shift 2. The sequel to Canadian vampire film Graveyard Shift (renamed Central Park Drifter) finds our vampire back from death and working in a movie. (not too sure if this film was renamed with the Central Park Drifter 2 )

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Roger Corman's Vampires -Triple Bill


The story is about a painter who is hired by the son of Count Dracula to restore some artwork. As the story progresses, we find out that the woman is the reincarnated lover of the now vampire, and she had been burned at the stake. This soon turns into a very strange love story once another vampire enters her life. Both men were monks over five centuries ago, and both fell inlove with her then. This film has some strange linkings to the myth of Dracula, but gives some of the best quotes "Hunger makes beasts of men, and demons of beasts". Let's not forget the fact this is a Roger Corman film. Sex, blood all wrapped up in a good amount of corny-campy-cheese.
(This was one I did for yahoo)


The comic book character comes to life in this film.
The idea for this is simple Vampirella wants revenge on the vampire who killed her dad. She travels through space chasing the killer vampire who has broken the laws of their planet. Surviving on a blood substitute she finds herself in Las Vegas where not only has Vlad become a god, he is also a rockstar doing late night lounge acts.


To Sleep with a Vampire
Here we find a stripper who wants to die, and a vampire who needs to feed.
The drifter vampire only kills those who want to die. He starves himself until he finds a soul who is about to end their life. The two start off as a natural pairing, the stripper thinking he is just a lonely guy looking for a date. But as the night heads towards dawn, and more is reviled by both, we soon learn there is more here then thought. A powerful story that makes you realize things aren't always as they first appear. A very strange love story that plays nicely into the new vampire ideal created by Anne Rice's world. This is also a remake of an older vampire film called Dance of the Damned.


Thursday, 24 May 2007

My Top Ten Alltime Favourite Vampires

Dracula
Lestat
Dandridge (Fright Night)
Vlad
Radu (Full Moon Direct's Main Vampire)
Blade
Spike (Buffy/Angel)
David (Lost Boys)
Nick Knight
Mona the Vampire (cartoon)



There is no doubt that Lestat and Dracula top almost everyone's vampire list. But what about lesser known vampiric icons? How does your favourite stack up? Leave me a comment and let me know who you are into.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

She Lives By Night

I did this one for Yahoo....
More proof that a good movie is all in the script and not the large company. In the same vein as Innocent Blood and Habit, here we have what is basicly a love story bewteen two creatures that just cant seem to get their stuff sorted out. Low on violence, but high on emotions this movie may not have as much bite as other vamp flicks but it does have heart. In the wrong hands this movie could have been a disaster of a soap opera, but it pulled through with a dream sequence that leaves you cheering for the villian. This is a four fang rating from me

On there they already had the story line but I will add it here: Anglia is out on the highway when she gets hit by a car. The man takes her home to look after her when she won't go to a hospital. As she grows stronger everyone around them dies. With her memory back she remembers who and what she really is.

Monday, 21 May 2007

Vampires Anonymous


Micheal Madson stars in this as a member of VA- Vampires Anonymous. He is put in charge of Vic, played by Paul Popowich (known for Canadian television such as Catwalk and Twice in a Lifetime) who after draining his girlfriend decides it's time to go on the wagon. The film then casts us into a small town known for it's sheep, the blood Vic must now learn to live on. Trying to balance a day job, romance, and keep his true nature a secret from the Slayer who has been brought in to kill him is alittle more then he can handle.
A low budget comedy with a fresh take on the vampire story.
If nothing else, check this out just to see Micheal Madson making vamp faces in the mirror.

Best of the Bugeaters



In most versions of the story, Dracula has a servant. A mad man who follows him around wide-eyed and grinning. Someone who can move about in the day when he needs to hide. Someone who once had a strong mind, and little real self esteem. Or so the character has been portrayed at times.
Not all of the stories follow that this character is a must, but the character of Renfield has earned itself a place in horror fame enough to even have an illness named after it. (Zoophagus or Zoophagia) The Renfield Syndrome : the act of eating smaller creatures like bugs, spiders, cats etc.
In the past 100 years, there have been four actors to play Renfield with such wit, structure and loneliness which is what gives them true horror.
Dracula Dead and Loving It : Peter MacNicol
Bram Stoker's Dracula : Tom Waits
Love at First Bite: Arte Johnson
Dracula 1931: Dwight Frye

Dwight Frye is by far the ultimate Renfield, hell he was the one who really gave the character a voice (hehehehehehehehehehehe) with his eerie laugh and mad ramblings, the first one to define the look of wide eyed innocence turned to fear, and the first one to be seen by millions.
Both Arte Johnson and Peter MacNicol did pretty much a parody of the Frye version, but in 1992 Tom Waits took a different stand on the character making him alittle more sane and stable.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Well it's News to Me (part 1)

Everyone's favourite cartoon vampire is out on dvd. But don't feel you have to run out and buy them, it is still being aired in Canada and the UK so check your local listings.

Also Blade the Series is now out on dvd.

And It was posted recently that there will be a SUBSPECIES 5! Yes, FullMoon has decided to bring back Radu once more to the delight of fans everywhere.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Dracula 2007 (BBC)


This film aired in Canada a few months ago, and as I have said on Yahoo Movies....I didn't like it.
Right off I will give the screenplay credit for being a "new" take on one of the greatest classics but other then that, it's just lifeless. In this version we have Holmwood and Lucy marry, but because of an illness Holmwood joins up with a cult of "demon" worshipers. They bring the Count to England to help "cure" him of this death. And of course Dracula just can't be caged. Van Helsing is nothing more then a dribbling old man in this one, there to fill in some gaps of story. I have to say it once more, Hammer Films did it much better with Taste the Blood of Dracula. If you want to see this version, check for a late night replay but don't spend money at the video store on it. 2 out of 5 fangs from me.

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Stay Alive


I have to admit, I stayed away from this one for months. I am not a video game person, and given that this one is centered around a game I did not think it would be any good. But my sister highly recommended it so I gave it a shot. Now, Let me say something else before I get into this one...there are two (at lest that I am aware of ) versions of this film. The one from the cinema and the one on DVD. The Director's Cut has added characters which changes the storyline. My sister went to see it in the cinema, I rented it on dvd.
As I watched this one I found myself not only finding it a fresh take on the "teen horror genre" (it's main cast are in their 20s/30s) but comparing it to Videodrome . Stay Alive is based on a loose telling of Elizabeth Bathory the Blood Countess. We find our cast playing a video game that is still only a prototype and one by one each dies the mirrored way their game player did. This film not only has brought the vampire into the 21st century where it should be But has also proven that the medium is the vampire. (game=vampire) A real reflection of how some people in this time have become zombies to their own addictions (the characters in this film spend days playing the game) much like Videodrome did over 20 years ago (then it was cable tv as the vampiric medium) Leaving you asking "Was that real? Did we really see that or just think we did?" I give this one 5 out of 5 fangs

Monday, 7 May 2007

Old Reviews I did (part 3)

Friday, March 17, 2006

to die for


Not much is changed on the remastered 2005 dvd other then the title BRAM STOKERS DRACULA THE LOVE STORY TO DIE FOR which in 1987 was simply called To Die For. The story itself is a loose retelling of the orginal Dracula, combining the novel with the legend of Vlad Tempes. (the need for a new title is to keep it from being confused with the Kidman film of the same name, but does nothing to help stop it from being confused with the Oldman Dracula.) We follow Vlad in modern LA in the 1980s as he is trying to find a house and falls in love with the reincarnation of his former lover. The focus is more on the character Martin who is the hunter in this case. This film was good enough to have a sequel titled TOO DIE FOUR TWO SON OF DARKNESS which was released in 1991. Not a horror film as much as a dark drama the story has enough power to keep you watching but if you are looking for anything extra on this dvd you wont find it here.

Old Reviews I did (part2)

Sunday, November 06, 2005
Ghoul next door

At the height of doing commericals for a weight loss group, Lynn Redgrave put out this film entitled MIDNIGHT about a tv horror hostess who is about to loose everything. Think a darkerside of Elvira Mistress of the Dark (both released at the same time) with more drugs, sex and rock n roll and you have a dramatic version of the LA horror sceen in the late 1980's. Add aged sexsymbol Tony Curtis as the evil tv producer Mr. B. and you cant help but feel sorry for the leading lady. To qoute from the film "shes just the ghoul next door." this film got a 4 and 1/2 out of 5 fangs rating from me.

Old Reviews I did (part1)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

all my ducks in a row

I am really starting to hate this. It seems everytime that I start one of these things they are around for a day then they poof off into the nothingness that is the web. I resently bought the 3rd dvd in the wes craven presents Dracula 2000 series, Dracula Legacy.And it was much better then the second. The locations were beautiful, the writing was okay and the fact that they have replaced the lead actor who plays Dracula in each movie was confusing at first. But it does get explaned in this one. This gets 3 out of 5 fangs from me.

ReBirth

Okay, so here it is. The rebirth of Alucard's Rose Blog. I know, I had it for almost 2 years, then transfered everything to our company's blog Smoking Mugwort at http://hardcorevampsprods.net. And here I am, after missing this one's title little more then 6 months later remaking it. But this will have a twist, before it was a review blog of books and movies, since I am doing that elsewhere, this will be dedicated more to vampires and their goopy fiends....so till then Creeping Screams!