Monday, 7 December 2009

Tamara Review


Plot: Tamara is the school's reject. No one understands her and it only gets worse when the rest of the class find out she's got a crush on their teacher. A party is planned and she's the entertainment. After a fight breaks out, Tamara ends up dead. Her class mates bury her in the woods, only she didn't stay dead. The rumours that she was a witch are true, and now she's got the power to get even.


This was a 2005 Canadian film like all classic horror seems to be. It blurs the lines between reality and fiction by it's use of witchcraft as a serious note in the beginning only to become the typical hollywood version of witchcraft mid way.
This is one of those films where you are not sure who to route for the dead girl or the class mates.
The genius part of this is that they never leave the "she's a witch" plot after she returns from the dead, so it never has to make up it's mind if she's really a vampire, zombie or ghost.
The effects were good, used in a way that makes you forget they are sfx, and the pace of the film is steady. We jump in with a main plot point in the form of a dream scene that foreshadows the rest of the film.

I would love to see a sequel to this one happen, and if there is one let me know.

I class this as a non-traditional-traditional vampire film. Non-traditional because she does not drink their blood but does take their memories when she manipulates them, that falls under psy-vamps. Traditional because she returns from the dead and manipulates them.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Blood the Last Vampire Live Action 2009


I have got you wondering (for those like me) why I put "live action" in the review title and not just the movie's title right? Well, for those people like me who are not anime fans, I needed to make the distinction.

Yes folks, Blood the Last Vampire was originally an anime film. And since I am not an anime fan, I have nothing to compare this remake to. Kung Fu movies are not my thing either, so I was very surprised at the fact I actually liked this one.

Plot: Saya is a dampir, half human half demon. She made a pack hundreds of years ago to avenge her father's killer, the oldest demon still alive. She now finds herself in 1970 on a Military base in Toyko where a new round of demons have taken to nesting. Can she stop them all before the demon takes over or will she loose the last part of her own humanity?

It had a very rich sense of something that could be found in Blade or Buffy, but still managed to keep itself original. Which, I know in this genre is almost impossible to do. With solid dialog, a nicely explained back story done in flashbacks, and special effects that were limited, you sped right along with this one.
Because it does pull from folklore, the vampires were captivating to watch with a slightly new spin on a very old genre.

It's been vampire movie month for me (Vampire's Assistant, New Moon, Thirst 2009, Blood Last Vampire) so by the time I got around to viewing this, I was alittle on the tired side, but it turned out to be a better fair then I was expecting. Was not too sure how an anime would translate into live action, as I have never been able to sit through an anime film before. I can see a sequel coming of this with a steady following.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Thirst 2009


Plot: a priest is infected with a virus while in a secret lab. He is pronounced dead, but somehow survives. Returning home, he's viewed as a Saint and starts to "heal" the members of the neighbourhood. One of them is his long time friend. He ends up moving in with his friend's family and starting an affair with the wife. Soon murder, manipulation and a deadly thirst become his nightly routine.


I was very interested in this film as it created alot of talk in the horror sites/groups I have been part of. I have to say first off, this is a subtitled film, and it seems to not have a firm grasp on it's own genre. With out right laugh out loud scenes, buckets of blood, and heavy dialog it's not your typical vampire film.
You're brought on a journey between a vampire who is depressed about his nature and a woman who sees no other way to be. The tone is dark and disturbing in the same vein that Interview with the Vampire was, keeping you in mind of Louis and Claudia.
It did pull from some folklore with the crossing of vampire with ghosts but plays more like an episode of Twin Peaks. And running nearly 2 and a half hours it is a bit long to sit through.
If you're looking for an action film, you will not find it here.

Friday, 20 November 2009

New Moon Rising

Originally posted on Andrew and the Aluminumsidings on Nov 20th 2009

I have shown my distaste for it,
I have defended other horror site writers for reporting on it,
I have bitched about the stalker themes in it,
I have praised the control on use of sex in it,
And I now find myself posting on it.

The next part of the Twilight series hits the cinema this weekend.

Will I be going? Of course I will, in my "Then Buffy Staked Edward the End" t-shirt.

Which I am sure will get popcorn and other objects thrown at me, in much a similar way Trent Acid was covered in crap weekly by JCW fans when he worked for the company.

The whole Twilight thing has been both a blessing and a curse for not just vampire fans, but romance fans, werewolf fans, and Jane Austen fans.

What?

Yes Spudgun, the original Twilight is a remade version of Pride and Prejudice. We all know that as the author herself admitted it. But that is neither here nor there.
Yes, I sat through the first film in great pain, and read the series of books on the good faith my cousin would read just one other vampire novel Renfield Slave of Dracula by Barbra Hambly, of which I am still waiting for cousin to keep her end of the deal.

And this leads me to say this to the people who have somehow avoided the slockliness that is Twilight, the books get out of the heavy vampire stuff and into heavy werewolf stuff. And that my pets, my dear readers, is where the books have their strength.

I can't believe I just said Stephine Meyers has strength in her writing, but I did. Her werewolves are extremely well thought out.
Her vampires blow dog backwards, but her werewolves are good.

I don't get where the woman has her head though, given both her lead males are possessive stalkers who act like crazy people. What the hell are you feeding the next generation of women?
You read Beauty and the Beast one time too many lady.
But that is another rant for another day.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Some other versions of Frankenstien

I did a countdown to Hallowe'en on the woman's site I am part of, with a different movie a day for the last two weeks of the month of October.
Here are some of the Frankenstein movies I talked about.

The Bride
Plot: Dr. Frankenstein has decided to create a woman. His creature, in this movie named Vicktor, gets upset when the Doctor keeps her for himself and leaves the castle. Vicktor finds himself in the middle of a circus while connected emotionally to the new Bride who is alive back at the castle. He is compelled to return to her for fear of her safety. She on the other hand has no idea he even exists.

This was a breakout roll for Jennifer Beals and made Sting more then just the lead singer of a band. Clancy Brown (from the first Highlander movie) played one of the most human versions of the Frankenstein monster. Due note this film was also the launching for Cary Elwes and Timothy Spall (credited as Tim Spall and only has two scenes at the beginning)


Boxing Helena
Plot: a successful doctor starts to stalk the woman he had a one night stand with. After she is in a horrible accident, she is left at his mercy. With no where else to go, she moves in with him where he starts to turn her into a living doll.

This was one of the creepiest films I have ever seen. A fresh take on the Frankenstein theme, with cast members from Twin Peaks, and was the directing debut of David Lynch's daughter.


Frankenstein Reborn

Plot: Dr. Victor Frank is a Neurosurgeon who is obsessed with the idea of reanimation. His most successful patient, Bryce, had been wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, and with the doctor's help made a full recovery. Only now Bryce is having nightmares about killing the hospital staff. After confronting the doctor,Bryce winds up dead. Dr. Frank then uses the body to continue his work and the nightmares Bryce had been having suddenly come to reality.


This effort was put out by The Asylum who are quickly becoming a name in the horror genre. This is from 2005, so it is an earlier offering from the company.
The sets are minimal, the acting at times stiff, but the effects make up for it in an all too real way.
This adaption of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein manages to encompass all the elements from her original book in a modern setting and still keep it's core plot.


People tend to forget that Frankenstein is more then just a monster story, it is a vampire story.
Over the next while, I will get into more depth on the topic so stay tuned.

Monday, 2 November 2009

November Updates

Spiffy, very spiffy.

I decided since it's almost 3 years since I have had this particular blog, and in honor of the All Vamp Challenge, I would update the blog's template

In the process I forgot to copy the list of links.
So, if you had your link in the past on my list and it's not there please resubmit it.

If you would like to have your link there and it's not been before, please submit it.

Thank you for understanding

CREEPING SCREAMS!

The Vampire's Assistant -Movie review

Plot: The Cirque Du Freak has come to a small town and two best friends Darren and Steve sneak out to go see it. Darren is crazy about spiders and Steve is crazy about vampires. It just so happens the final act is a combo of the two. Darren decides to sneak backstage and steal the spider while Steve begs the vampire to make him one. He's refused. The next day at school the stolen spider gets loose and bits Steve. Darren then trades his life for his friend's and becomes a half vamp. Steve then joins forces with an even deadlier vampire to start a vampire war.

This is based on the series of young adult books called Cirque Du Freak the tales of Darren Shan. And the movie is the first 3 books combined. There are over 20 books in the series, so I am very much looking forward to the idea of sequels.

William Dafoe has a small part in this as Gavner which plays out more like a Vincent Price impression. Brilliant.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Kiss of the Vampire:Immortally Yours (2009)


The cover art looks slick, the description sounds cool, and it has Phil Fondacaro (Bordello of Blood, Medridian, Ghoulies 2) so it can't go wrong -right?

Plot: A local band of vampires are tearing up the city and fighting between themselves. They are discovered by the police during a drug bust and brought to the attention of the Illuminati. The Illuminati are no longer happy running the mob and want true immortality. After they kidnap the head vampire it comes down to who is quicker and smarter.


This is a cop drama cut and dry. It looks and feels like an episode of Forever Knight with a storyline ripped right out of season 2.

The whole time I was thinking this has to be a made for tv CBC film(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) . But to my shock it's a full out indie film, and it's American!

The plot was good, but it has been done before in the movie Red Blooded American Girl back in 1988/89. (which was a Canadian film)

Friday, 9 October 2009

Grace -Movie review


Grown men fainted at the Sundance showing of this film. What? seriously?
I don't know, maybe because I have seen hundreds of vampire movies over the years, or maybe because I am female and have seen the craziness pregnant women and new mommies get to, but other then the animal slaughter (What did the PETA people think of this film?) there wasn't much to faint over. Nothing actually.
Oh did I mention it's Canadian? Yes people, we Canadians have a strange lust for vampire movies and morgue humour.

Plot: Madeline has had 2 miscarriages in the past, and is doing everything different this pregnancy. Everything seems to be going good on this one till her and her husband get in a car accident. He dies, and Madeline is told the baby will be still born. Set to carry it to term anyway, she hopes the doctors are wrong. The baby is indeed still born, or so everyone thinks at first. Taking baby Grace home, Madeline begins to live her life now as a single mom thinking her worst problem is her Mother -inLaw. The two women battle it out for the baby, only to find Grace is needing something thicker then formula.

Gabrielle Rose ( the aunt in Lost Boys 2 the Tribe) manages to make you hate her through most of the film then find yourself cheering for her at the end.
I did not like the animal stuff, but it was a slick move on the film makers part to add the vegan theme. This movie will hold up for decades to come and belongs on the same shelf as Rosemary's Baby and Omen. Brilliant!

Originally posted on my blog Andrew and the Aluminumsidings on Oct 9th 2009

Monday, 5 October 2009

The Vampire Diaries : Brother vs Brother

Originally posted on my other blog Andrew and the Aluminumsidings on Oct 5th 2009


There was alot of huffing and puffing over this "new" vampire series geared for teens.
I was both giddy and upset over the whole idea. Giddy because this was one of my favourite series of books when I was in high school 20 years ago.
Upset that so many people are shocked to find out they are that old.

Yes, L.J. Smith's uber cool vamps are older then most of her new fans.

These are the covers I remember.

Now, it was cool to find out they were getting a double volume reissue last spring, as I only had part one in my collection, the others I remember having borrowed from the library a million years ago, so the new packaging was cool.
Then the tv show happened. And yet again another set of covers. Confusing isn't it?

Anyway, I just checked out the first episode of the show, and found it to be decent enough. Like everything they modernized it to fit the times. Which given there is to be a second series of books out in the new year, that's fine.

The main theme which is two vampire brothers fighting over one girl seems to be a popular one for many reasons. And one of my favourites I must say.

The first book was released within months of the movie To Die For (later to be renamed Dracula a Love Story to Die For) which follows the story of two vampire brothers who are fighting over one girl. This spawned a sequel called To Die 4 Too Son of Darkness.


Then less then a year later, we were given from Full Moon what one might say is the longest independent vampire series Subspeices.
Once again two vampire brothers fighting over the same girl. This time they even name one of them Stefan.
It had 3 sequels under the Subspeices name and a spin off under the Vampire Journals.

All of these films are part of my collection in one way shape or form.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Deadgirl -Movie Review


I am not sure where to start with this one. Or if I should even be promoting it.
Kidnapping, Rape, Murder. Not in that order.

Dee Snider's Strangeland was a disturbing film.
Hard Candy was a disturbing film.
Kissed was a disturbing film.
They have nothing on Deadgirl.
The film was beautifully shot, the acting was amazing, the sfx were equally fitting, but the plot line itself left me in disbelief the whole time. I am not even sure how this film got made.

Plot: Two teenaged boys skip school and discover what they at first think is a dead body. As they try to move the body, the woman wakes up. JT, frustrated with his life decides to rape her. Ricky tries to save her. Quickly word gets out that JT has a sex slave, and they murder to keep the secret.

Necrophilia, addiction and insanity are the underlining subplots of this unconventional vampire movie. I was both put off and riveted by this film.
It makes you wonder about the writer who created the screenplay.

Originally posted on my Andrew and the Aluminumsidings blog on Sept 30 2009

Monday, 28 September 2009

Thunder and Blood



I will be doing an interview with the author soon. Keep checking in for details.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Mr. Darcy Vampyre -Review

Okay, I just posted this over on my book blog because it is part of the All Jane Austen Challenge; I am part of so, I will just post the link here

Since it is listed as one of my "to do list" on my All Vamp Challenge, I will re post it in a few weeks when the challenge actually gets under way.

Normally, I post the vampire stuff here first and then re post it on the book blog but doing it backwards this time.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Vampire Challenge 2009

As I stated earlier, I was very inspired by Stephanie over on Stephanie's Written Word and her Everything Austen Challenge where she has challenged Jane Austen fans all over the internet to spend 6 months (July 1st 2009 to January 1st 2010) doing one thing a month related to Jane Austen.
Some people watched versions of movie adaptions they never seen before, some people read copies of Jane Austen's novels they had never read before, some people made arts and crafts related to the novels or time period etc. The personal lists for the challenge varied with each blogger.
One of my Challenges was reading Mr. Darcy Vampyre.
This inspired me to want to do an Everything Vampire Challenge.

So, the rules are fairly simple,

1) You sign up here by leaving a comment that gives your Name, Blog Title and Link, And your 6 challenges.

2) Each time you finish a challenge from your list you blog about it and leave a comment with your Name, Blog Title and Link to your blog post

The goal is to introduce books/movies/television shows to each other that we might not have known about before, and to have fun.

The challenge will run from November 1 2009 until May 1 2010.

Make sure your first link is to your Vampire Challenge intro post.

Official sign up ends October 31 2009.

All Vampire Challenge

As I posted on my book blog

http://pushersink.blogspot.com/2009/09/lets-start-all-vampire-challenge.html

Yes you heard me.

Why do I want to do this?

Well, because I am in the process of an All Jane Austen Challenge right now, and currently reading Mr. Darcy Vampire. And thought why not? I have read god knows how many over the last 3 decades, and have at lest 10 more vampire books sitting in my to read pile.

So, starting in November 2009 I am going to do an All Vampire Challenge.

I will figure out how to proceed and post about it again soon.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

My Favourite Ten Angel Episodes

I know I haven't posted much in the last few months, I have been busy on other projects. So I thought why not kick things back into gear with some Angel.


10: City Of (episode 1 Season 1)

9: The Shroud of Rahmon (episode 30 Season 2)

8: Reunion (episode 32 Season 2)

7: I've Got You Under My Skin (episode 14 Season 1 )

6: Billy (episode 50 Season 3)

5: Judgement (episode 23 Season 2)

4: Harm's Way ( episode 97 Season 5)

3: Underneath (episode 105 Season 5)

2: Shells (episode 104 Season 5)

1: Smile Time (episode 102 Season 5)

Yes I loved the last season the show was on air.
I am liking the graphic novel which is season 6 as well.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Buffy Season 8 -Comic


The final episode of the tv show aired in 2004.

Fans were crushed.

Late 2008 saw the first volume of the Issues #1-#5 of season 8 in comic form. (Episodes 1-5 in a collection arch called Long Way Home)

This surprisingly is a good read.
There has been 4 volumes released as of this post
*Long Way Home
*No Future for You
*Wolves at the Gates
*Time of Your Life

The comics are labeled Season 8 as not to be confused with the other many Buffy comics on the market.

They did the same thing for Angel giving him a Season 6 in comic form.

New Moon Movie Countdown.


New Moon Movie and Twilight Movie

Friday, 31 July 2009

Twilight Movies Drama

http://ca.movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.eonline.com/summit-blames-rachelles-lack-cooperative-spirit-eclipse-diss-20090730

It's been the hot news this week, Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre was let go from the continuing movies based on the books.
The original complaint was that she was double booked, but it's since been leaked that she was suppose to get a pay increase for the third movie Eclipse.
The company is reported to be saving themselves money by hiring the other actress to be playing the role of evil vampire Victoria.
Fans have already started a mad protest on this issue demanding Lefevre stay.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

New Site

I have been working on a new horror site called Disturbia
Come check it out, join up and have a howling goo-d time.







Visit Disturbia

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Netherbeast Incorporated

This is a killer comedy.

Plot: An entire telecommunications building that is the secret headquarters of the vampires in the world, has been breached and one by one they become the targets.

This is a great twist on the office environment comedy. Proving once again that real life is not that far from fiction.
David Foley, Jason Mewes, Judd Nelson and Darrell Hammond star in this showing just how much back biting the corporate world really does have. Done in the style of The Edison Twins the Canadian educational drama of the very early 1980's , when it needs to go into a flashback to flesh out the story it does so with cartoons; and does it very well as to never make you feel like your watching a flashback. This is one movie I hope gets a few sequels.

Monday, 13 July 2009

My Best Friend is a Vampire

20th anniversary edition was released (April 14th 2009 in the U.S. and June 30th 2009 Canada)
on DVD for the first time.
I have always loved this film, and doing my best to get my paws on a copy.

I had no idea it was getting a DVD treatment until a friend of mine said they saw it when out one day.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Well it's news to me part....6



Christopher Lee was Knighted by the Queen last week and is now Sir Christopher Lee.

The actor has made a name for himself as one of the few to play Dracula more then twice in the classic Hammer Films.

Friday, 29 May 2009

New Buffy? WTF?


It is rumoured there will be a new BTVS movie

Hold up folks. It seems this will be a production from the people who brought you the Original 1992 film...
Which was a tongue n' cheek comedy that got nowhere in the cinema and only made itself hot on rental. Also the reason Joss Whedon decided to take matters into his own hands back in 1997 to bring us his Slayer the way she was meant to be (remember the first season of BTVS always had above the title Joss Whedon's name- it was to separate it from the comedy)

So what could this mean? It looks like the Original movie is getting a remake. If that is the case, it might be a darker film then what we have come to love as the campy slayer film.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bled (2009)


I have always said that art is the highest form of vampirism and by the looks of this film people out there agree with me.

Bled offers up art, lust, addiction, desire, dream travel and a character mastermind named Renfield. Set in the L.A. artist scene, we are introduced to four friends who share more then just the same building. They share unmet desires for each other and an addiction for the newest designer drug. Too bad for them it's mind expanding effects is actually opening a doorway for a vampire to feed off them via Freddy Krueger style.

I am not sure if this is another made for tv movie or not; it has that vibe to it (you know no bad laungage, no nudity and soap opera shooting style) but the costumes, set design and props are outstanding. For an indie film this is one of the best I have seen in years. I am hoping there is a sequel in the works.

I am also seeing a trend as of late with the use of vampire teeth. As in a mouth full of them. The vampire's look in this film puts me in mind of a piranha. Which is always a good thing to see a fresh take on an old myth.

Friday, 15 May 2009

ITunes Essentials

iTunes Canada has collected and released some of the best and worst songs in the "vampire " genre. There is something from every musical taste from punk to opera. Songs from vampire soundtracks to vampire inspired lyrics.
Overall, the album is not bad.

It is simply called "iTunes Essentials Vampires"

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Underworld 3 Rise of the Lycans


This is by far the best in the series.

Actress Rhona Mitra takes the lead in this offering as Sonja (originally played by Jazmin Dammak in the first film) This is Mitra's second werewolf film (that I am aware of) she was in Skinwalkers.

This time around we are treated to Lucian's back story (once again played by Michael Sheen) on how he became the leader of the pack.

Plot: Lucian is born in human form to a werewolf, and is spared by Viktor. This becomes Viktor's downfall as he decides to keep Lucian around as a slave. Little does he know that Lucian has fallen inlove with his daughter Sonja.

Half the main cast has returned for this pre-queal and third in the series. Bill Nighy gives one hell of a performance as the selfcentered Viktor in this one, and given he's played the character in all three films he's control of the role is unmistakable.
Taking place in the middle ages, Rise of the Lycans is a little more dramatic and alittle less in your face. The story is strong, and the actors are so comfortable in their roles you forget your watching a movie.

(I hope we see a fourth soon, and would be interested in seeing some of Kraven's backstory.)

Monday, 11 May 2009

Is it a Vampire or a Zombie?

What most horror fans have come to think of as zombies isn't really that at all. When vampires and zombies were divided in pop-culture we ended up with a Jekyll and Hide approach to the creatures, when in fact they should have been one genre.

I recently posted this on BloodyDisgusting.com (and I See Dead.com) in my blog...

Vampires, Zombies and Ghouls=?

Confused?
All 3 sub-genres can be classed under the same genre, the trouble is who gets top billing?

The classic movie definition of a zombie is the re-animated corpse that feeds off of living flesh.
The classic movie definition of a vampire is the re-animated corpse that feeds off of living blood.
And in folklore/mythology the classic definition of a ghoul is the re-animated corpse that feeds off of the living flesh and blood.

As someone who spends much of my time buried under files and books and other dusty things researching vampires in myth and movies; I have had to at times bring the stories labeled as "zombie" into the mix. Both film icons are considered viruses that are spread most often by one getting bitten. Both have the same surefire way to destroy the monster in question by decapitation.

Should vampire and zombie movies be relabeled under the same title of ghoul or given a new category all together?

Only the fans of each genre can say for sure.

As I mentioned a few posts back in Against the Dark the movies have finally caught up with the fact that vampire films and zombie films are linked. Both genres use the idea of it being a virus that spreads through an infectious bite; and both always use the term "undead" in their myths.

So, are they simply zombie films or are they vampire films ? That my pets is something to think about.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Blood Slave of the Vampire Wolf

This is a Conrad Brooks film starring Conrad Brooks. You know the dude from the original Plan 9 From Outerspace....no? Yeah he played...er .... um just a second....The Patrolman Jamie. Yeah that's it. And guess what? He's in the remake due out Sept. 9 2009 (as of this posting) as...er um...Lt. Harper. Yeah.

Blood Slave of the Vampire Wolf was a 1996 production that was very much in the style of Ed D Wood Jr.
Infact, when I saw the opening credit which was a dedication to him (hey now where have I seen that before? or right we do it all the time) I thought this was going to be a good laugh film. Boy was I wrong.
The plot didn't really exist. The lighting was over exposed most of the time and the sound kept crapping out. Mid way through I started to wonder if that was the idea.

Plot: Female movie star of the 1920's is killing the homeless and hookers in L.A. for their blood. And one member of Scotland Yard who just happens to be in the city is on the case.

It's never fully explained what the subplot is. It has a running time of 90mins, but doesn't even start to get moving until the last 20mins.

If you want to see a piece of iconic vampire history in the form of collectibles they use as props then surf your late night horror fests for it, otherwise this one isn't worth the salt you sprinkle on zombies.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Vamprio Devil, Angel, Hero

There is a documentary out on dvd about the wrestler Vampiro.
If you liked the film the Wrestler, or are a fan you really need to see this documentary on Vampiro and get a look at the reality behind the making of an event.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Against the Dark



Who let Steven Seagal make a vampire movie? Who's to blame?
Oh wait it's a Steven Seagal produced (well presents anyway) film. Hmmm. Seems it's us fans that are to blame.

Well then let me tell you why this film sucked (all puns intended )

  • Steven Seagal walks around not doing anything for 90% of the film
  • It rips off the recent wave of zombie films
  • Everyone thinks they are actually in a Blade movie
Can you tell I wasn't happy with this one?
Seriously, it's like someone took the leftover plot of 28 Days added the swords and jackets from Blade and a bunch of cut aways from Blade the series mushed them all together in a blender poured it into a Bloodymary glass and sprinkled it with Steven Seagal doing his best William Shattner impression and called it art. Or at lest they called it a direct to DVD vampire film.

Seagal has maybe 5 lines in the film, doesn't do any of the action (how can he with that pregnant belly look he's sporting) and makes the vampire genre look foolish.

The only thing it got right was the conection between vampires and zombies.

Let the Right One In

We have been hearing rave after rave about this film, so I was very excited to get a chance to rent it.
I was very let down with it.

What I liked about this film was the fact it brought back the savagery that vampire films haven't had much in the last few years (don't get me started on Twilight) and that it went into some of the folklores. Thought the idea of innocence as the key foundation between the lead characters to be a great idea.

What I didn't like about this film, was simply the editing and pace. I don't know about anyone else out there, but I seem to find subtitled/dubbed films to have a strong pace in the first half then there will be an edit break that always looks like a bad jump cut in story plot. Like a reel is missing or something, that kind of makes the rest of the pace off kilter.

Vampires have been used as the metaphor for everything in the last 200 years from fear to sex. Using it this time around as a metaphor for pre-teen self awareness was brilliant.

On a ratings scale, I give this a 5 out of 10 fangs.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Angel Cast Member died


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090331/entertainment/obit_andy_hallett

The actor is said to have died this past weekend of heart troubles.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

In Support of BD News covering Twilight

I was over on Bloody Disgusting .com just a few minutes ago, reading one of the latest news feeds.
The article was written by one of the head staff members. Mr. Disgusting.
His articles are always well written and up to date.

The topic was the upcoming Twilight movies. In this case, Eclipse, which will be the third film in the series. All fine and good. As always a straight to the point article.
The issue I am having is not the article, but one man who kept spamming the article.
We already know that this franchise is not for everyone. It is geared to teenaged girls, and a few select vampire/werewolf fans. I myself have had mixed feelings about this series.

-No I do not like the way the books and movie portrayed the lead character as a stalking boyfriend.
-Yes I do like the fact they made a series of stories and a film about teenaged desire without having alot of overly sex crazed segments.
-Yes I do like the fact the author researched vampire and werewolf folklore and used it as a main theme throughout the books, and did not rely just on hollywood's take on the genres.
-Yes I do hope this makes people want to read more in general as well as pick up the classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, Carmilla, etc.

As reporters/journalists you don't always get to pick and choose your stories. When you are in the industry that Bloody Disgusting.com is part of, you have to go with the flow at times. And right now Twilight is the flow. Like it or not. Teenaged melodrama that it is, it is still a vampire/werewolf genre piece. The company who made this film and it's upcoming sequels are a key player in the horror/thriller/sci-fi genre.

The guy who was spamming the news article, if you don't like what BD is reporting then just stop reading their site. Don't be an asshole and spam them. The staff are just doing their job, and doing it damn well too.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

The Actors of Ken Russell's Gothic


I have to admit, this started out as a post on Natasha Richardson, (1963-2009) but I have not seen enough of her films to do it justice.

I however loved her as Mary Shelley in Gothic. Which was infact her first film.

This film has been the major launch pad for most of it's actors, many of them have continued on in the Horror/Thriller/Sci-fi genres. The main cast runs like this:

Natasha Richardson .....Mary Shelley
Gabriel Byrne......Lord Byron
Julian Sands.........Percy Shelley
Timothy Spall......Dr. Polidori
Myriam Cyr.........Claire Clairmont


Myriam Cyr who played the character of Mary Shelley's sister, went on to be in a few other Frankenstein productions, but is more known for her small role in I Shot Andy Warhol as one of the members of Andy's Factory. (Her sister Isabelle Cyr has played a vampire in the two Karmina films as well as on the tv show the Hunger)


Timothy Spall most recently can be seen in the Harry Potter films. His role of the inspector in Immortality the Wisdome of Crocodiles oppisite Jude Law earned him international reviews. But for fans of the Frankenstein story, he can be seen in the opening of The Bride as the Igor character.

Julian Sands is most famous for his two times as Warlock. The actor has played every type of classic horror creature from a witch, to a vampire to a werewolf. (Witch Hunt, Tale of the Vampire, Werewolf Hunter: The Legend of Romasanta) Two of his creepiest characters I feel were his roles in Naked Lunch and the television series Blood Ties.

Gabriel Byrne played first the priest in Stigmata and then the devil in End of Days both released in 1999. Two roles that set him as a horror star.

Natasha Richardson made a few appearences on Tales from the Crypt. The few films I have seen her in were drama/comedy roles. Chelsea Walls, Made in Manhattan, and Evening.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Twilight DVD

The countdown is on.

We knew it would happen, some of us are happy some of us are not. Either way, the movie will be out this Saturday on DVD, and already pre-sales have broken some records.

And the series of sequels have begun production. All three (New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) are being shot back to back.

New Moon is set to be released Nov 20th 2009

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Wizard of Gore Remake

This film comes under the heading of Non-traditional vampire films.

We open with a man who is bleeding to death but trying to get his story out there. We follow what is the longest flashback (movie is booked with the guy printing his newspaper and his reader) where we are introduced to all the major characters at this sex club carnival.
A stage magician who has drugged our lead actor then becomes the focus in a string of murders.


How does this come into the class of a vampire? The mind control. Everyone of the main characters is feeding off of the confusion and greed of someone else in the film. This film stars Crispin Glover, Jeffery Combs, Josh Miller (from Near Dark) and Brad Dourif.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Elemental my good man

Polidori, Stoker, Rice, Meyers.
These authors have all redefined the elements in their vampiric worlds that have helped to redefine the subcultures that surround them.

33 years ago, we were introduced to the Brat Prince who broke all the rules when Anne Rice handed us Interview with the Vampire (1976). Introducing the idea of the Talamasca which blurred the lines between human and supernatural when she mixed her vampires (the Vampire Chronicles) with her witches (The Mayfair Witches) giving the readers popular new terms, ideas, designs and motives. Having vampires no longer living in a solitary limelight but open covens created a fledgling world everyone could sink their teeth into.

If Dracula was the King of the Vampires, then Lestat was the proper heir to the thrown.

Now, in under 4 years Stephenie Meyers has taken it down a notch and offered us her pillowy soft version with Twilight. Dazzling the dewy eyes of millions with her sparkling Cullen Clan. Edward Cullen the vampiric version of a Jane Austen hero, is another type of rule breaker. But it is Meyer's offering of the Volutri (the high council of vampires rulers) that has sparked new elements in the vampire subculture.

Where Lestat is the ultimate bad boy, Edward Cullen is just a babe in the woods.