Monday, 22 December 2008

Twilight Series

I decided to wait til I had read all the books in the series before doing a review. That was only because I had read them all one right after the other this last week.
I did however do separate reviews for Chapters Community as I finished each book, so here one by one is what I had to say about them on that profile.

TWILIGHT

It's Pride and Prejudice with vampires.

It was a hard time for me to get into this novel. It wasn't until the rival clan was introduced that it seemed to get interesting for me. And it was more then the nod to Jane Austen near the beginning of the story that had a continued underline throughout ; that never let me stop thinking of Edward as Darcy.

Granted the film was playing more on the Romeo and Juliet idea, but this is straight up Austen style love affairs.
I was hoping through the last few chapters that the characters of Alice and Jasper would be expanded on, but they weren't.

I hope the next one in the saga will be better.


NEW MOON

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The fact it focuses on the werewolf story line was a nice turn, and it didn't seem as depressing as Twilight had. Maybe you just don't notice the rain as much in this one?
The idea that life continues after a heartbreak has always been a favourite theme of mine in stories, and the connection to the secondary characters from the first book made this a little fleshier a plot.
The only real upsetting factor for me was how the character of Laurent was handled. I would have written his part very differently myself. And the seen in Italy with the coven reminded me very much of Armand from the Vampire Chronicles.
Overall I found New Moon to be a much better read then Twilight.


ECLIPSE

I have to admit, I am shocked that I am liking this series.
I was very skeptical with it being geared for teens but books two and three have had me glued. I read Eclipse in a day and a half.
I liked this one for the simple fact it started to unravel the idea of first love. I have never been one for the sappy sweet idea of Romeo and Juliet and was always more interested in the "what if" factor of second love.
Given that Eclipse moves a lot slower but a lot deeper then Twilight or New Moon, you don't feel anything but anxious for the families of Bella, Edward and Jacob.
With insight into a few of the minor characters you are given a balance between the daydreams of a teenager in love and the grown up responses to that love.
The question remains is it right to ask so much of love ?


BREAKING DAWN

Long, very very long.
There has been one book ever in the past to may me cry and that was Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Well, the last two chapters of Breaking Dawn made me cry.
That said, a nice closing to the entire Twilight series.
The last half of this story is filled with more dialog then needed, getting every point of view from the many new characters added in this novel. Unlike the last two novels, the shift is once again back on Bella and the Cullen Family. Another full circle is found with reference to real folklore and myths that the author nods to in Twilight.
The subplot in this one seems to run with the theme of myth and the power a myth can hold.






What are my feelings about this set of books? It's refreshing to see a story that collectively is 2444pages that does not feel like it because you are so captivated by the weaving web between the 3 main characters. This is a love story more then anything else, but it does edge on the side of a western in the sense that there is always a showdown at noon. Edgy and witty, even when it was a depressing teen-us against -them love story that does what alot of the books in both vampire and werewolf genres are failing to do right now; which is be tempting without being explicit. Stephenie Meyer did what I didn't think anyone in the vampire genre could or wanted to do anymore, deliver a good solid vampire story without having to resort to cheap sexual ploys.
I haven't rated anything in a long while but I give Twilight Saga a 8out of 10 fangs.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Forrest J. Ackerman 1916-2008


The man who brought the world Famous Monsters of Filmland and collector of some of the greatest items in horror/sci-fi memorabilia died this week of heart failure. He was 92.


Rue Morgue had just recently paid tribute to him and his work in their October 2008 issue #83.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Renfield by Barbara Hambly


There is something creepy about the cover of this novel that attracts you like the flies that seem to fill the pages. But I was trapped to it unable to put it down till I finished.

The story picks up with Renfield already in the asylum desperate for the tiny flies and spiders that can give him the strength to do "his job". Flashing back between nightmares of his past in India and the visions he sees through Dracula's eyes.
The novel also plays with the temperament of the 3 brides who are suppose to be waiting back in Dracula's Castle. Touching on the ideas that power comes in only one real form -fear- this novel tries to explain why everyone is betraying everyone else.
Less the erotic tartness that has seeped into the vampire genre for the last decade (about time we cleaned the steam and trash from the window) and more about how the fear feeds the will, Renfield Slave of Dracula, does follow the original story in the form of letters and diaries, and makes you care for the lesser public characters of Seward, Morris and Renfield.

The one element the novel has kept from recent vampire ideals is the use of the vampire as a metaphor for complete loneliness.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Rue Morgue #84


I love it when a magazine devotes an issue to vampires. The November issue of Rue Morgue has half it's pages dripping with blood and bats. On stands now.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Twilight the movie



Okay, so I have not read the books, and I really had no interest in the series at all, but since everyone and their dog has been at me about it....I went this afternoon to see it.
First off let me say this; my own sister who works at Chapters Books here in town told me a few months back when we first heard it was to become a movie that it was nothing but teenaged junk. Now, only an hour after I went to see the film she told me "but you haven't read the books. How can you judge it?" and I find out she is very engrossed in the books now herself.
Second, I didn't hear much of the film; as the cinema was filled with giggling pre-teens who were making more sexual comments then I have heard from episodes of Sex and the City everytime the lead actor came on screen.
What I did hear of it, I thought was over acted, and the character of Bella was played as if the actress was on sedatives not too mention that Robert Pattinson who plays Edward lets his accent slip at one point.

Storyline: Bella has to move in with her father while her mom and step dad are traveling for work. She meets Edward who is the school puzzle, and instantly falls inlove. He treats her like crap for the first while, but then saves her life. Suddenly he's promising her a never ending love but a lot of the town's people wish they would break up; for many reasons. Meanwhile there are a rash of murders taking place by a rival clan and Edward's family is caught in the middle of it.

As a stand alone product, this film is confussing. For someone like myself who has not read the books walking into this movie you are not sure who the bad guys are; it is never fully stated if the rival clan are vampires or werewolves but both are hinted at in this movie, nor are you completely sure how much Bella's father is involved with things.
As a woman who has loved vampires since I could stare at a tv screen, I have become disapointed in the last few years with all the sugarcoated bloodletting out there. The pace of the movie was too slow and seemed like it would have worked better as a made for tv movie. The only thing I felt this movie had going for it was the actor who played James and that was mostly to do with the fact he looks like the wrestler Christian Cage.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Are you a Good Vamp or a Bad Vamp?

I never thought I would say this but, there are just some vamps out there that are simply too much.
Obviously I love love love the vampire and all the sidekicks it has produced, but when I go to the book store and I am seeing nothing but vampire pulppies then there's something wrong. You know the saying too much of a good thing. Well that is what we have now going on in the writing world.
About 20 years ago I was screaming at the top of my lungs about one or two titles that Harlequin Romance had released that happened to have a vampire in it. Now, there is not just a few series from them but entire walls at the store. Entire walls for vampire romances ? Yes b'y there is. What does this mean ? Well for one it means that writers of romantic fiction can't just have girl meets boy -girl gets hurt- boy realizes he loves her-they live happily ever after - anymore, now it means that girl falls for dark brooding goth dude-girl finds out he's a son of Dracula-girl conquirs the underwold for his love. As well as now there is a standard for supernatural writers too. No more with the Ghostbusters type stuff, now you are expected to be able to write your bloodsoaked villians with soap opera stamina. All the time.
You know me; I am the first to raise my deviled horned fist and say "Boo-Ya!" to a good vampire story, but when I can't figure out where the cookbooks are because everything blends together in the store, then I am giving you the Evil Eye instead.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

End of the Line


A mindfield of terror or a comment on religion?

This Canadian film takes you into the idea that the end of the line might just be. Set on a subway, and the surrounding tunnels, it lets the dark feed your fear and feed off it.

The lead character (Vampire High) is a nurse who just getting off of work after finding out one of her patients has just committed suicide, is seeing things. As the train car is stopped suddenly, we find out she is surrounded by a religious cult who believe that the day of judgement has arrived and inorder to save everyone they must first kill them.

Not your typical vampire film, but then again I like to point out non-vamp-vamps. It falls under the title of psy-vamps for a reasons. 1) it is filled with manipulation to increase the desire of fear. An emotion that itself is life giving. 2) it is never completely sorted out if the characters really are seeing demons or if they are being drugged. It is kind of suggested both ways.

The one major plot hole in this film : if the cult members are killing everyone to save their souls from being taken over by the rising dead after the Judgement Day, wouldn't they just be creating more dead bodies to rise as zombies?

Monday, 13 October 2008

Night of the Living Dorks


Yes I know, you're thinking "is she really talking about a zombie film?" And the answer is yes I am.
Anyone who has been following me for the last decade knows I do not like zombie films. I think they are pointless. But I do like Revenge of the Nerds and that is just what Night of the Living Dorks is, a revenge of the nerds zombie film.

This 2006 German comedy (dubbed and subtitled) is frightfully groovy. 3 teens are witness to some class mates trying to preform a voodoo ritual to raise the dead. Some of the potion gets on their clothes, and then they end up in a car accident. Once the threesome realize what has happened to them there they have 4 days to get back to normal before they become zombies for good. They turn to the girl next door who just happens to be a witch for help. Throw in some drugs, teen aged sex jokes and old fashioned nerds and you have a funny film.

Watch it with both the subtitles and the dubbing on for an even funnier time.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Monday, 15 September 2008

Bite Me! The Unofficial Buffy


This is the 1o year anniversary addition of the book, considering there are so many books on the market connected to the Buffyverse; with an overview of all 7 tv seasons and the first half of the 8th season only in comic form, as well as bios, photos and inside script nibbles Bite Me! the Chosen Edition is one to add to your collection.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Sundown Vampire in Retreat-Special Edition


Oh My God!!!!
I can not contain myself, this news is the coolest thing I have heard in months.
Listed as one of the cheesiest but original vampire westerns around, Sundown Vampire in Retreat is finally getting the DVD it deserves.
Vampire fans and Bruce Campbell fans are sure to snatch this one up when it gets released on September 23rd for it's 20th Anniversary.

Lestat's Shop

I was on the Anne Rice website and there is a link for a store called Lestat's Dark Gift Shop
You know it has to be good if the site is promoted by Anne Rice herself.
I did check this site out and the tee shirts themselves are worth it.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Blade the Series


I know this has been out on DVD for most of the year, but I only got ahold of it.

The highly original action/drama that Spike Tv released in 2006 only produced one season but the 13 episodes are some of the best work in the Blade story.

Picking up after the end of the 3rd Blade movie, we find ourselves in Detroit and Blade has a new handyman.
The House of Chthon (er Chthong?) is the leader of the houses at the moment and the reason Blade is there. In walks a war vet who's brother was just killed by the head of the household and we have the love triangle. Blade hires Kristna to be his insider at the House while she secretly gets revenge for her brother's death.

Many rumours as to why this show only had one season, the main one being that Spike Tv just could not keep up the cash for the flash that this show was. It ran like mini movies through the 13 episodes.
The DVD has the uncut episodes packed with more swearing and nudity then the cable networks would allow, and only the pliot episode has a commentary. This was shot in Vancouver which flows well considering the 3rd Blade movie was shot in Montreal.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Lost Boys the Tribe-Review




Picture it, I woke up this morning to pouring rain. Perfect day for a vampire movie. I got my ass over to the Blockbuster and got the first one off the shelf just as the store opened. Raced home and prepared myself for the vampire movie event of the year.
Being that the original Lost Boys was the film that set my world (I dressed like Starr for years complete with arm full of bracelets and still have the poster in my living room) and have been a fan of the Two Coreys; I was very hyper indeed.
I sit here now with mixed feelings. Part of which leads me to say there will be a 3rd installment. I will start by saying there was too much nudity in the first half and not enough blood in it. Even with the bonfire bloodbath it was short on vampiric qualities. There is a scene that refers to the Goonies (which would have been funnier if it referred to License to Drive or Dream a little Dream) and many one liners taken straight from the first film {Feldman's speech on implosion } but if you are looking for Haim don't go here. His work (that has been highly talked about on the Two Coreys ) was cut and only there for 30 seconds unless you head to the alt. endings. As well Jason Newlander even though he is credited does not appear.(again alt. endings and unrecognizable) What we do have is Feldman as the only real link in the film.
Angus Sutherland (credited on the official website as Keifer's half brother ) takes up the role as head of the Tribe. This was a nice idea as it makes you think of Keifer Sutherland throughout the film.
For me this movie lost something in translation and could never work as a stand alone piece. There are just too many holes in the plot of this film. The official site gives a "story so far" which connects the two new leads to Sam and Micheal from the first film but nothing is given in the actual movie. For those who loved the Lost Boys proper, a small cameo by Cappello as the saxophone player is a hoot, as well as the use of the antlers.
Rent it don't buy it unless like me you are a collector.

Monday, 28 July 2008

LB2T-Soundtrack


Released in time for tomorrow's movie, the soundtrack hit shelves this past week.
You can download it on iTunes if you don't feel like slomping down to the store. Or you can just not.
I was not impressed with this soundtrack at all. Other then an updated remake of the love theme Cry Little Sister ;the sequel's soundtrack is lacking the bite of it's sire's.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Lost Boys 2 Tribe .......

And the countdown begins.
A cult classic that is stirring up talk in the worlds of movie fandom, vampire fans, and fans of the Two Corey's.
Will this movie prove to be a blessing or a curse?
The DVD will be released at the end of the month here in Canada....21 days and counting.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Vampires the Occult Truth


This book was first released in the mid 1990's, but has since been re-printed, so don't let the cover art fool you into thinking this is fluff because it is not.
A non-fictional look at the world of vampires, this volume combines historical case studies with modern studies on energy use and manipulation.
A great guide through some theories linked to astral projection and how much of a threat that can be for some people.
The last half of the book focuses mostly on the psi vamp and with good reason.
Anyone interested in psi vampirism, mythology, psychology, astral projection should enjoy this volume, but if you are looking for something in the "gothic subculture" then look somewhere else.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Well it's News to me part 4

September 2008 will see (release date at time of this blog) the long awaited and rumored Buffy The Vampire Slayer Tarot Set.
It is available for pre-order through most bookstores.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Well it's News to Me part 3

The latest chapter in the Dracula world is being released in both book and movie form. No real news as new spins on the Dracula myth happen all the time. But this is the only official sequel to the original book by Bram Stoker because it is being written by a relative of his. That is right, rumor right now in the literary world is that the book (which has already been optioned for movies) is due out later this year. Rumor also has it that the movie will be released by Universal Pictures (who had the rights to the original Dracula) at the same time. The one snag, Dracula has been in the public domain for the entire hundred and something years it's been around. I do hope the news of this new book/movie is more truth then rumor.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The Stuff


Are you eating it or is it eating you?

Released in 1985 at the height of the yogurt movement, this film made you think about what you ate. It also hit hard against large corporations as well as starting the horror movie food genre (Motel Hell for example)

A group of miners (? it is never clear who they are actually ?) stumble across this white goo that just happens to be bubbling up from the ground. They taste it (cause that is always smart when you find an unknown substance) and find it to be delightful and decide to sell it. It turns out that the Stuff is alive and the more you eat the more mindless you become till it controls you.

This is one film that straddles the line between being a vampire film (it is a parasite) and a zombie film (brainwashes everyone) , but good (tastes great low in calories and doesn't leave spots) fun anyway.

Okay I die then

34%

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Friday, 16 May 2008

Razor Blade Smile


Part Hammer Films Part Avengers, this is the James Bond of vampire films. In this 1998 British vampire film, the lead character Lilith Silver is a vampire for hire. The police want her for a string of murders on the Illuminati in London which have been masterminded by her former lover.
This movie is campy and actually has a fresh twist in the end.
Though I wasn't thrilled with the goth club undertone it was still better at times then some of the stuff I have seen recently. The overall quality of the film is low grade as it has alot of scenes that were shot night for day with heavy blue filters giving it a washed out look.

There's a Fish in the Percolator



I want to take a moment and talk about Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me.
There is no doubt that the characters of Mike and Bob are supernatural demons. The question is what kind of supernatural demons? This show and it's movie spin off, both deal with Doppelgangers, wood spirits, familiars, witchcraft, paganism, angels/demons, and aliens. It crossed so many lines in it's short lived timeframe, that some elements were crossed to the point of being too meshed.
Follow me?
As a fan of this mythology, I have still have unanswered questions as to certain references that are laced throughout the show and movie.
Was BOB infact a Psy-Vamp? or was he an Elemental? Did the corn reference refer to the Celtic/Druids corn gods/goddesses? Why was there so many fish references?

So why am I blogging about this and not giving a review? In my view of the mythology of Twin Peaks, I believe that BOB was infact a Psy-Vamp and therefore Twin Peaks belongs on the list of vampire movies/tv shows.
Ground breaking as it was, it left alot of unanswered elements.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Thirst 1979


This is a gem of a vampire film.
Released around the same time as Velvet Vampire and in the wave of occult style films Thirst gives us the first real notion that vampires are more then just bats in capes.
The main character is kidnapped by a group of vampires who claim she is the last of the Bathory bloodline and therefore she is set to marry one of there's. After fighting the idea they begin to drug her and force her through mindbending shock therapy until she cracks and gives in ...for awhile.
If you liked Suspiria then this is right up you alley. Thirst is one of many films from the exploitation era that uses feminism and Countess Bathory as a theme.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

After Sundown


Western setting for this lowbudget/zero budget gift from Lion's Gate.
A young wife in the 18 hundreds is about to give birth to a demon, but her minister father kills her, the baby and her vampire husband.
200 years later, a small town mayor decides to move the graveyard and unleashes the evil back onto the earth.
This film can't make up it's mind if it is a vampire film or a zombie film. You decide.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Lost Boys 2 The Tribe

It was said on the A&E tv show last summer that Corey Feldman turned down Lost Boys 2 when he found out Corey Haim would not be in it. The trailer for the straight to dvd movie has been released and Corey Feldman has a pretty big part. It is also been confirmed that other cast members will indeed be back. Those being Haim and Jason Newlander(?) but how big their parts are still unknown. It is scheduled to hit rental shelves this July 2008.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Horror Hound Live


HorrorHound Weekend
March 28-30, 2008 at the Marriott Indianapolis East
7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219, USA
Website: www.horrorhoundweekend.com

Friday, 29 February 2008

30 Days of Night


Everyone is hyper about this film. Comic fans are screaming, gore fans are screaming, teenaged girls are screaming. I just want my money back.
Storyline: City is in the middle of nowhere north of northern where it looses daylight for a month every year. Most of the town leaves and goes anywhere else. Few people have to stay to look after the town. On the eve of the last day of light for the season, a strange amount of violence starts. Once it gets dark the few towns people that stayed find themselves trapped with no heat, electricity and the main course for a pack of wild vampires.

This was done about 12 years ago on an old episode Tales From the Crypt in a better version.

Friday, 15 February 2008

Vampiric Lyrics

We all have a favourite vampire song, wither it be a piece of music from a vampire movie or some heavy laden cry-for me-my life is not worth living-hand me the razor- kind of crap.
Few years back I started a list of these songs/bands/albums. Here is just a minor scrapping of those blood soaked tunes.

THE VIDEOS

*I'll Do Anything For Love by Meatloaf....the video at lest is a remake of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

*When Doves Cry by Ginuwine.....yes this song is a remake of Prince's and the video another remake of Bram Stoker's Dracula

*Night Moves by Marylin Martin....in this video from 1984 (rough timeframe) they remade the movie the Hunger

*Child of the City by Triumph....this video shows a very seductive woman killing men and placing them in coffins.

*Woman by the Scorpions....the video takes elements from Carmilla as well as Dracula and adds in a touch of the movie Hunger for good measure.

* Perfect Skin by the 69 Eyes....so many elements are pulled from Countess Bathory, Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned novel, and has shades of The Vampyre by Polidori

*Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde....this was inspired by Anne Rice's novel

*Lost Boys by the 69 Eyes...they remake the movie Lost Boys in this video

*Is there Any Love in your Heart by Lenny Kravitz...this video has a female vampire designed to look like the classic Nosferatu hanging out in a car trunk


The Soundtracks

*Love Song for a Vampire by Annie Lennox....featured on the soundtrack for Bram Stoker's Dracula and the video release has Annie Lennox dressed as a pale Victorian lady/one of the Brides from the movie with scenes from the film intercut into it.

*Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde was used in the film Blood and Donuts in 1995

*The Lost Boys soundtrack released a few videos back in 1980's, one being the song People are Strange by Echo and the Bunnymen which was a remake of the Doors song, and it had scenes of the film intercut with odd shadows of the band, the titles at the beginning and end of the video were styled after the movie's letterhead. They also released an Inxs video for Good Times which once again showed scenes intercut with the band hanging out.

* Keep it Coming by C +C Music Factory from the original movie of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has cast members hanging around a white wall with the movie playing behind them.

* I Quit by Hepburn the song was used on the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Show soundtrack in one of the seasons, and the video shows the band in both slayer mode and vampire mode while being at the Bronze

* ZZ Top penned a few songs for the From Dusk Till Dawn soundtrack. One being She's Killing Me where they mention the lead vampire character. Both leads from the movie starred in the video which wasn't much more then George Clooney playing basketball and Salma Hayek slithering around in a red dress. Again it was intercut with movie scenes.

THE LYRICS

There are more then I can get to right now of songs that simply come under this listing.



So this was just a taste of how the vampire has filtered into the music we live by.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Master of Horror DVD


While on holiday I found a few more episodes of the Masters of Horror....one being The V Word.
This is a semi-fresh take on the vampire story. Two teens want to spice up their night by going to the morgue to see the dead body of a school mate. While there they stumble upon a vampire. This brings into the mix loyalty and humour.
Micheal Iornside plays the vampire with his every present smirk and twisted charm. This episode also has the latest and youngest scream queen Jodelle Ferland (Tiedland, BloodRayne 2, Kingdom Hospital) who is only 13 years old.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Master of Horror DVD


For those of us who do not get the tv show in our area or just can't get enough of it, the second season of Masters of Horror has been released on DVD.
I am one who is very glad to see this has been released so quick to rental/to own. My first taste of the smash show came in the form of The Washingtonians. The story brings up many controversial themes regarding the American Political state, and puts it in the middle of a vampiric setting. Or more precisely the setting of a ghoul. One of the more bloody and taboo filled stories I have seen in a very long time, this story is sure to make your stomach turn.

Story: Small town holds a terrible secret that is uncovered by one man and his family when they return to close up the house that belonged to his grandparents. The town is in fact a secret society dead set on protecting the American way.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Angels-The 69 Eyes


I rarely buy cds anymore, but I had to have this one.
If you like LA style hair bands (L.A. Guns, Motley Crue) and shock rock lyrics (Alice Cooper) then you indeed like this album. The latest from The 69 Eyes is a powerful statement on the face of rock/metal at the moment with popculture references that any one with a few years worth of horror films will dig. This is actually the second half to Devils which was released few years back. The first video off of Angels Perfect Skin keeps intune with the vampire theme they started on Devils with the video lost boys