Monday, 22 February 2010

Live Evil -2009

Plot: The world has gotten so polluted that the vampires are starved. Different breeds of vampires have not only started to turn on each other, they have sectioned off whole cities of the few fresh blood left and employ a blood pusher. One man knows about them and has made his life's work destroying them. At the death site of each vampire he's destroyed he's left his calling card, literally. Now he's tracked a small group of vampires to the heart of L.A. and this time it's personal.

Let me just say right off Tim Thomerson!
How can you go wrong with Tim Thomerson as your lead, well you just can't. The idea of this film is solid, and the fact they brought in a few different types of vampires made for an interesting dynamic with the level of emotion for each breed.
There are times when you are rooting for Benedict (like when he and his group are arrested by the other vamps or when he sees the goth girl poison the human) and times you are rooting for Priest.
This film made me think very fondly of Thomerson's other vampire films Trancers series (yes the debate over if Trancers are zombies or vampires will continue) and Near Dark.
This movie also reminded me very much of a book I read back nearly 20 years ago called Vampire Winter (radiation after the 3rd world war has poisoned humans making them mostly unsafe for vampires to feed from)

Keep your coffins crossed that there might be a sequel in the works.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Vampire Diary -Movie review

Plot: Holly is a documentary film maker, working on her latest project the Weekend Vampires of the London clubs. While taping a group of goths in a club one night, she discovers that someone is following and video taping her. Vicki follows Holly home and seduces her, before long the Weekend Vampires are turning up dead and Vicki is the main suspect. Not only does she claim to be a real vampire she's also pregnant.

The style of this 2007 British movie is very much like an episode of Urban Gothic, in fact Keith Lee Castle (who has a very brief role in this film as a goth dj )did an episode of the British horror show with the same loose plot line. The documentary of a real vampire.
There were more then a few traces of Immortality Wisdom of Crocodiles (must find a human to love them completely) and Vampire Clan (the 2002 movie based on real life criminal Rod Farrell) as well as Carmilla, making it feel over used and old.

I was disappointed by this film. Had it been a straight up telling of Carmilla it might been easier to digest.
You are however left wondering how much of what Vicki tells Holly is true and how much of it is for the sake of the documentary she's suppose to be making. There are a few plot holes that never get sorted out (like how come she has all her teeth if she was born with fangs and had them forcefully removed? ) as it switches gears from a thriller to a drama.

Monday, 8 February 2010

I'm The Vampire That's Why -by Michele Bardsley

Book #1 in the Broken Heart Oklahoma series.

Plot: Jessica is a single mom, widowed after her husband was killed in a car accident. As she is taking out the trash she's attacked by a creature and killed.
Only, Jessica doesn't die, she gets turned into a vampire. Not only is she now dealing with being one of 11 towns people who were turned that night, she has to deal with being the soul mate of one of the oldest vampires ever. Imagine, finding out you are a vampire, the soul mate of a Irish vampire prince and still having to make the weekly PTA meetings at your children's school.

I stumbled on this book one afternoon while at the mall. I had never heard of it before, but it was on a big book sale bin at christmas time. So glad I picked it up. I was looking for something "easy" to read this weekend and spotting it on my "To Read" pile picked it up. I could not put it down. I devoured this novel in just over a day. It's anything but "easy".
You are tossed back and forth slightly between the images of a modern mother and a 1950's mom. Jessica is a very realistic character who could very easily be telling you her story over coffee as to being a fictional vampire. The Irish folklore is weaved in; to perfection as you go deeper into the lives of the now vampire clan that the lead character has been thrust into.

It was a laugh out loud book, with moments that had me repeating the lines to myself as I made coffee on the rare moments I put the book down. And bonus for us fans out there of The Prince Bride (it's referenced and quoted more then once) and Remington Steele (all the males in the O'Halloran clan look like Pierce Brosnan)

The writing is witty, smart, fun and erotic. I went looking online to find there are 5 more in the series which I need to get as soon as possible.