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.