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The Strain (2009)

The Strain (2009)

Reading The Strain made me ridiculously depressed that the rumors that Guillermo Del Toro was on the short list to direct the 3rd installment in the Twilight Saga were not true. A) Because the man can spin straw into goal (see my previous post on Blade 2; and B) Because Del Toro can write one […]

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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Dale and I saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland this afternoon. Amazing. I was prepared to be very disappointed with the movie – the pictures of Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter and Helena Boehm Carter’s Red Queen were too gruesome for me and the trailers made it seem as if Burton was simply remaking the original […]

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District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)

Fabulous. This movie is so great that as soon as it finished, I wanted to play it from the beginning again. The story is about what happens when aliens finally do make contact with earth. However, instead of coming with peace, new technology, or even conquest, the one million aliens on the ship are emaciated […]

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Do your best!

Do your best!

I love the sharks in this scene. The guy with the horns is a demon and he has sharks for henchmen/ servants. But they are sensitive sharks. So when Beaut snaps at one of the sharks, the shark bursts into tears. Click on the image to enlarge and remember to read from Right to Left. […]

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Them (2006)

Them (2006)

No, not a vampire movie but pretty scary. GAH!!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever been so frightened of teenagers in hoodies. The film depicts the story of Clem and Lucas, two average people living in a remote house in Romania. One night they are awaken to scary noises and then they suddenly find themselves in […]

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Yashakiden

Yashakiden

As if I wasn’t already reading 3 or 4 books simultaneously, I started Yashakiden: the Demon Princess today. It’s by Hideyuki Kikuchi, author of the Vampire Hunter D series. The story is part of the Demon City Shinjuku universe. There is an anime and manga based on Demon City Shinjuku, but I haven’t seen/read them. […]

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Vampires Reading Vampires

Vampires Reading Vampires

This has got to be one of my favorite scenes on Vampire Diaries. Damon is confused by New Moon. Damon: “What’s so special about this Bella girl? Edward is really whipped.” Caroline: “You gotta start with the first book. It won’t make sense if you don’t.” Damon: “I miss Anne Rice. She was so on […]

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A Word About Teenage Vampires

A Word About Teenage Vampires

I watched an episode of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries last night. The show, which is a loose adaptation of a novel series of the same name, takes place in the town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. It centers upon the vampire brothers Damon and Stefan, and Stefan’s love interest Elena. This will undoubtedly become a […]

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Blade (1999) and Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (1999) and Blade: Trinity (2004)

I watched a classic the other night with my friend J.: Blade. We watched Blade: Trinity (2004) first, and as it turned out, it didn’t much matter that we watched them out of order. The episodes in the narratives have a certain interchangeable quality to them. Blade: Trinity with a voice over by a guy […]

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My Manga Summer: Until Death Do Us Part

My Manga Summer: Until Death Do Us Part

One reason I got so out of the habit of watching and posting blogs about vampire movies is because I spent most of my free time this summer devouring manga. So, I’m going to try to write little by little about the manga I read over the summer. First up: Until Death Do Us Part […]

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Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009)

I finally saw Thirst, the Korean vampire movie by director Chan-wook Park. I first heard about it the past summer when I read that it won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. I had been waiting for it to be released with English subtitles ever since. Kang-ho Song plays a devote priest, Father Sang-hyeon, […]

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Daybreakers (2010)

Daybreakers (2010)

It seems appropriate to return to my neglected blog with a review of Daybreakers, the new Ethan Hawke vampire movie. Daybreakers is set in 2019. Because of some “outbreak” 10 years ago, almost all humans have been turned into vampires and life now runs from sundown to sunrise, as opposed to the other way around. […]

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Near Dark (1987)

Near Dark (1987)

Summer vacation is winding down. Despite my intent to complete the Top 70 Vampire Films of All Times list, I only made it through about 2/3. I’ve also been on some what of a manga kick this summer, but more on that later. Last night I watched Near Dark, a 1987 vampire flick directed by […]

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Kuroshitsuji

Kuroshitsuji

I’ve been reading a manga called Kuroshitsuji this week. It is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. In English, it will be called The Black Butler. It’s a great deal of fun. The story is about Ciel Phantomhive, the 12 year old Earl of the Phantomhive family, and his butler, Sebastian. Ciel is […]

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Thirst

Thirst

Hey – check this out. A vampire film one the Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival this year.  

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More Thoughts on Dracula 2000

More Thoughts on Dracula 2000

I complained in my previous entry about Dracula 2000 that it didn’t live up to its potential and that a lot of it was pretty campy. But it did cause me to think a little bit more about the ways in which religion, the Catholic church in particular, gets leveraged in vampire movies and literature. […]

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Dracula 2000 (2000)

Dracula 2000 (2000)

I just finished watching Dracula 2000, #68 on the Top 70 list, and it was one of those movie watching experiences I hate. And that is, I hate it when you feel like a movie could have been WAY better and actually sort of cool but then something must have gone very, very wrong in […]

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Bordello of Blood (1996)

Bordello of Blood (1996)

Last night JP came over and we set out to watch Bordello of Blood, #70 on the Top 70 list, and John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos. Jon Bon Jovi is the main character in Los Muertos. The movie is a loose sequel to the first John Carpenter vampire flick. And much better, I might add. […]

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On the Use of Religious Tropes

On the Use of Religious Tropes

Father Abel with a steampunk-esque bible. The illustrator of Trinity Blood has a real technology fetish. The more ornate the better. Besides those amazing AX priests and nuns, another reason I get such a kick out of Trinity Blood is its obsession with religious references. It’s pretty much inescapable. Among them are: The vampires are […]

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An Interlude in Honor of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

My friend and colleague Chad and I taught a class called Speaking Pictures for Interim 2009. Here is a little presentation I did on parody and the aesthetification of violence. I hope the links still work….. ******** Die Walküre What’s Opera Doc? (1957) Clips from Mystery Men. Chapter 8: Wisdom of the Spinx Slow Motion […]

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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Ok. So, as I said last night, we watched From Dusk Till Dawn. #19 on the Top 70 list. The screenplay was written by Quentin Tarantino (he acts in it too) and the film was directed by Robert Rodriguez. It opens with a Texas Ranger and a gas station store clerk chatting about the recent […]

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My head hurts…

My head hurts…

I just finished watching From Dusk Till Dawn, #19 on the Top 70 list. For various unimportant reasons, I ended up watching the first half last night and then finished the second half this evening. Man. Watching the movie this way made it seem like two entirely different movies! I had one impression of the […]

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Trinity Blood (2005)

Trinity Blood is one of the novel-manga-anime “worlds” I got caught up in last month. “Angst” is Trinity Blood’s middle name because boy! is this an angst ridden bunch! Trinity Blood is set in a post-apocalyptic (of course) world. There was a great war between humans and vampires 900 years ago and now the humans, […]

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John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

Dale and I watched John Carpenter’s Vampires with JP and JK last night. Wow. What to say, what to say? The movie is #55 on the Top 70 list and any doubt I may have had about whether the list is organized by popularity versus quality have been banished. The movie is completely campy. And […]

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Nadja (1994)

Nadja (1994)

I have to get back on track with the Top 70 list after my long detour through Vampire Hunter D, Hellsing, Blood+, and Trinity Blood. It is so interesting to me how each title has multiple incarnations — manga, TV series, movie, novelization — and that each version has distinct differences in plot. But that’s […]

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