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 (and I See in my blog...

Vampires, Zombies and Ghouls=?

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 Yeah he .... 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) 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.