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The Mummy – review

Director: Alex Kurtzman Release date: 2017 Contains spoilers This was the second false start of the Universal monsters’ reboot (dubbed Dark Universe). The first attempt, Dracula Untold, was so unsuccessful that it was allegedly dropped from the continuity. This did not set the cinematic world alight and the Dark Universe again looked unlikely. One issue was the push in both of these films at the action adventure, rather than horror. Whilst they can be used in various ways, the classic monsters ...
Tags: Amazon, England, Movies, Iraq, US, Egypt, Universal, Vail, Tom Cruise, NICK, Morton, Tom, Jekyll, Dracula, Cross, Amazon UK


World of Darkness: The Documentary – review

Director: Giles Alderson Release date: 2017 This is a documentary that charts the life so far of World of Darkness, from the White Wolf Magazine, the conception of Vampire the Masquerade (VtM), the subsequent LARP and expanding universe and moves forward to the on-again off-again MMORPG. Over-all it is an interesting documentary that leaves too much hidden behind the masquerade and, whilst there is no doubt that the game had a massive impact on the vampire genre perhaps over-inflates its own cr...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Cthulhu, Cain, Dracula, Amazon UK, White Wolf, Vampire, Reference - Media, Nosferatu, Giles Alderson, Andreas the Nosferatu, Mark Rein Hagen, Illustrator Tim Bradstreet


Writing Update 2019 week 2

On Tuesday we had the London Indie Authors Marketing Meetup – a record number were in attendance, after some 25 expressed interest. We had perhaps 17 total, with our resident French octogenarian coming down from Oxford, our resident film critic coming in late (as ever), and a host of thriller, rom-com, drama and memoir authors all round. Brad told us about his book’s nomination for the Hollywood Voice Arts award. Kaye talked about her amazing success with Amazon UK ads. Leena got a critique on h...
Tags: Photography, Writing, Oxford, Brad, Leena, Amazon UK, Kaye, Weekly Writing Update, London Indie Authors Marketing Meetup, Hollywood Voice Arts


The Art Of Kazuchika Kise Book Review

Kazuchika Kise is a veteran animator/director that has worked on some of the most highly acclaimed anime films out there, with titles like Patlabor 2 : The Movie, Ghost In The Shell, Evangelion, Blood The Last Vampire and many more. This art book features a huge collection of anime art work from the titles mentioned above, including genga ( keyframe drawings ) to character designs and colored illustrations for the numerous films he worked on. All the material showcased are fantastic, but the ...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Shell, Amazon UK, Ghost in the Shell, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Patlabor, Saya, Katsuya Terada, Character Design, Kazuchika Kise


Honourable mention: Night Thirst

This was a 2002 horror portmanteau film directed by Jon McBride, John Polonia and Mark Polonia. I spotted it on Amazon video and, when I noticed the involvement of the Polonia brothers my heart fell. Whilst I haven’t seen much of their work we know them at TMtV for the utterly awful How to Slay a Vampire and that was more than enough. However, I watch the films so you don’t have to and this purported to feature a vampire. As things go that happens to be in the wraparound section and is thus a b...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Jerome, Amazon UK, Vampire, Fleeting Visitation, Mark Polonia, Jon McBride John Polonia, Polonia, Jeff Dylan Graham, Jerome Anyway, Van Roth Jon McBride, Jerome Jeff Dylan Graham Cremains Blood, Van Roth


Short Film: Monsters Anonymous

This short film, directed by Jeremy London, was released in 2016 and comes in at around the 20-minute mark. It is a veritable Monster mash with all the favourites; Dracula (Brian O'Halloran), the Wolfman (Brent Phillip Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter), Dusty – the Mummy (Christopher Hall), Frank (Daniel Levy) a (deliberately) misnamed Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride (Sheenan Cole). As well as the classics as listed we also get brief appearances by the Devil (Jason Robbins), the Blai...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Zombie, Frank, Frankenstein, Dracula, Amazon UK, Anne Rice, Mummy, Vampire, Energy Vampire, Undead, Werewolf, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Soul Eater, Brian O Halloran


Patlabor Ultimate Blu-ray Boxset Review

Readers who frequent my blog will know that I’m a massive Patlabor fan; I have a decent collection of art books from the franchise and thoroughly enjoy both the OVA series and feature films, so when Maiden Japan announced the release of this Ultimate blu-ray boxset I knew I had to get it. The boxset includes most, but not all of the Patlabor animation media out there – The 3 TV series ( Mobile Police Patlabor, Patlabor : The TV Series and Patlabor : The New Files ) and the 3 animated feature ...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Boxset Review, Maiden Japan, Minipato


Why You Should Pre-Order Digital Minimalism

A copy of my new book, hot off the presses, on the custom-built minimalist library table I use to find focus in an otherwise noisy world. My new book, Digital Minimalism, which comes out on February 5th, is available for pre-order. If you live in the US, you can pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or a local bookstore (as well as many other retailers). If you live in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India or Africa, you can pre-order the UK edition at Amazon UK. (The book is also ...
Tags: UK, College, Africa, Uncategorized, US, New York Times, Amazon UK, Amazon Barnes Noble, Europe Australia New Zealand India, Digital Minimalist Book Club


Playing with Tropes: Cannibal

This is a 2010 film directed by Benjamin Viré and whilst not a vampire film per se it has a level of ambiguity woven within it and definitely touches on one of the major tropes of the genre. It also plays with the concept of mental health impairment – in this case agoraphobia. However this is not a fear of open spaces so much as the actuality of agoraphobia, a form of anxiety that leads the sufferer to avoid situations, including social ones, where it might make escape impossible. This can tran...
Tags: Movies, Cannibalism, Max, Bianca, Amazon UK, Vamp, Genre Interest, Renfield, Bianca When, Use Of Tropes, Benjamin Viré, Max Nicolas Gob, Helena Coppejans Raw


Ekimmu: The Dead Lust – review

Director: Andy Koontz Release date: 2017 Contains spoilers This film appeared on Amazon Prime Videos and the picture of fangs accompanying the film there caught my attention – as you would imagine. I also knew the name Ekimmu, and suspected it was a vampire type. A quick peruse of Bane’s Encylopedia of Vampire Mythology was in order. (Incidentally, you’ll see me refer to Bane a lot. It isn’t perfect, by any stretch, is expensive and certainly takes a very wide view of what might be constituted ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Serial Killer, Sarah, Steven, Mary, Mike, Beth, Hank, Amazon UK, Eli, Mike Mike, Koontz, Vampire, Vampiric Ghost, Vampiric Possession


Spider-Man : Into The Spiderverse – The Art Of The Movie Book Review

Easily one of the better films of 2018, Marvel/Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man : Into The Spiderverse combines a groundbreaking visual style informed by the comics that inspired it with an equally captivating story-line, garnering tons of film and animation awards including the Golden Globes. I’m proud to have contributed a small part to the film ( I was one of the lighting/compositing artists ). This art book delves into the stunning concept art created for the film, with a surplus of s...
Tags: Anime, Sony Pictures Animation, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan


Honourable Mention: Ripper Street: A White World Made Red

I’d not, before this season 4 episode, watched any Ripper Street – a detective series set in Whitechapel at the end of the 19th Century. However my wife is a fan and had mentioned this episode to me and it came up in a chapter of Dracula an International perspective. In that volume it is described thusly: “The theme {connecting Dracula with the Ripper} was made even clearer through television’s Ripper Street episode, A White World Made Red set in 1897, the year of Dracula’s publication. In the ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Jackson, Lucy, Reid, Dracula, Amazon UK, Magdalena, Dylan Smith, Ripper Street, Genre Interest, Porphyria, Dracula (related, Janice Byrne, Det Insp Reid Matthew Macfadyen, Drake Jerome Flynn


New Leaf Vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, England, New York, London, Patricia Highsmith, Australia, China, Germany, India, US, Frankfurt, Britain, Italy


NYV: Punk – review

Author: KV McQuain First Published: 2016 Contains spoilers The Blurb : Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll... and the UNDEAD!?!Forced to flee across the country, a teenage runaway must struggle with self-discovery and raging hormones on the New York Punk scene while being hunted by an ancient, bloodthirsty evil.For fifteen year old Christian, living in rural isolation with only his mother for company was as boring and bleak a life as he could imagine. Nothing ever happened and the most exciting thing to l...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, New York City, Christian, Amazon UK, Vampire, Aswang, Djinn, Bhuta, Bajang, Mati-anak, Strigori, New York Punk, OMFUG


Short Film: Midnight Death

This is a short 11-minute film directed by Deanna Meske and is the sequel to the short film Midnight Thirst. The first thing I noticed about this was that the photography seemed that bit more polished, the film looking to have a bit more budget perhaps. It warps towards the end into a much wider vista than the narrow family view of the first film (and the majority of this). However, we start with a scene that looks like a little girl, Rachel (Rachel Ryals), playing with an older girl, Teagan (K...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Rachel, Amazon UK, Vampire, Jocelin, Teagan, Deanna Meske, Jocelin Deanna Meske, Rachel Rachel Ryals, Teagan Katie Monds


My Favorite Art Books of 2018

74 is the final count for the number of art books I’ve reviewed this year in 2018; a slight dip from the 82 I did last year. Quantity notwithstanding, 2018 was still a fantastic year for those of us who enjoy beautiful art books, with plenty of amazing book releases, and I hope next year will be even better. As we welcome 2019 here’s the round up of my favorite art books of 2018 ( in no particular order ); I hope you’ll find something of interest in the list. Do note that not all the books l...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Tokyo, Anime, Lucasfilm, Gorillaz, Simon Stalenhag, Mondo, Alex Ross, Tokyo Japan, Amazon UK, IDW, Amazon Japan, Jin, Akira, Satoshi Kon


Jin-roh – The Wolf Brigade Storyboard Art Book Review

Japanese publisher Fukkan has released this beautiful storyboard book for Hiroyuki Okiura’s highly acclaimed anime film Jin-roh The Wolf Brigade ( released back in 1999 ). This is the first time the storyboards have been released as a proper publication; previously a small version was also bundled with the Jin-roh limited edition dvd. Included in the book are a couple of sketches and colored illustrations that were used in the various video releases, as well as a lengthy interview with direct...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Miyazaki, Amazon UK, Jin, Satoshi Kon, Hiroyuki Okiura, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Jin-roh, Storyboards


Sleepless Nights – review

Director: Wayne Whisenant (segment) Release date:2016 Contains spoilers This is another portmanteau effort this time masterminded by veteran b-movie/straight to video impresario Todd Sheets (from a TMtV point of view he was the writer of the truly risible Vampire Holocaust). And whilst time has moved on the filming quality of this film seems stuck in a straight to vhs era. Now, this is played with; the film starts with a “feature presentation” screen straight out of grindhouse. But it still loo...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Serial Killer, John O Hara, Amazon UK, Edwin, Vampire, Wayne Whisenant, Edwin Parker John O Hara, Michaela Paxton Tarbell, Ariah McLaws, Ashley Whisenant, Regine Dandridge


The Art Of God Of War Book Review

Santa Monica Studio’s God Of War is one of the best games I’ve played in quite a while. There’s so much to like about the game; the tremendous graphics, the tense game-play, the rich Norse mythology woven into the story, and much more. I only wished it was longer; but I’m sure we have sequels to look forward to now that it has won the Game Of The Year awards, among many other accolades. This official art book for the game delves into the incredible concept art created during pre-production, w...
Tags: Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Santa Monica Studio


Honourable mention: Doomsday County

This was a themed anthology film from 2010 and whilst there are two parts that draw our attention – Vampire Academy directed by Art Brainard and Betty Beretta directed by Steven Shea – it receives an honourable mention as it really doesn’t add up to more than a fleeting visitation. The cover promises “Vampires, Zombies, Aliens…” and it is the latter two that are mostly on show in the segments – all set around the titular Doomsday County, which sits on a gateway to Hell. attack Vampir...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Vampire Academy, Zombie, Amazon UK, Vampire, Fleeting Visitation, Steven Shea, Doomsday County, Art Brainard, Betty Beretta, Mark Hlavin, Tara Lightfoot


Kiss my Ashes – review

Director: Sam Salerno Release date: 2018 Contains spoilers There is weird and that can be good. Some directors specialise in weird and you can recognise the genius within that surrealism. Then you have this. In many respects weird for weird’s sake this struggles to maintain coherency through its length. That’s not to say that there weren’t any clever ideas within, just that it didn’t realise them very well and the affected dialogue was not the greatest. There were also some lazy moments. ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Sam, Gregory, Tim, Clive, Tiffany, Scarlet, Amazon UK, Cynthia, Vampire, Sam Salerno, Gregory Brett Burrier, Cynthia Dani Ardilla, Mykayla Booth, Scarlet Mykayla Booth


Playing with Tropes: The Omega Man

One of the great things about introducing the “Playing with Tropes” section to the blog is that I finally feel I can cover off this 1971 film directed by Boris Sagal. Based on Richard Matheson’s I am legend, it is arguably the most famous direct make of that book, if not the most accurate (that honour remains with the Last man on Earth). In making it, Sagal eschewed the vampire aspect that was central to the original novel and made a film steeped in Cold War paranoia, which nevertheless still c...
Tags: Amazon, Family, Usa, Movies, Vincent Price, America, Christ, Harlem, Jesus Christ, Neville, Lisa, Charlton Heston, Ritchie, Amazon UK, Living Dead, Mathias


The Art Of Bob Peak Book Review

Bob Peak ( 1927-1992 ) was an American commercial illustrator. He is best known for his developments in the design of the modern movie poster. This extensive art book features a huge collection of both his personal and commercial illustrations, including Time and TV Guide covers as well as dozens of film posters for movies like Superman, Apocalypse Now, Star Trek – The Wrath Of Khan and many more. This book looks to me to be a Japanese translated edition of an original Eng...
Tags: Amazon, Time, Anime, Bob, Khan, Amazon UK, Bob Peak


Bethesda Charges PS4 Gamers 250% More For Fallout 76 Micro-Transactions

Bethesda’s reputation has taken yet another hit, thanks to charging PS4 gamers almost three times more for in-game currency. Bethesda was found to be charging PS4 gamers two and a half times more for “Atoms”, the in-game currency of Fallout 76, in its Amazon UK store. British Xbox One gamers can purchase 1100 Atoms for […]
Tags: Amazon, Games, UK, Money, Xbox One, Anime, Ps4, Fallout, Bethesda, Dlc, Amazon UK


Vanished – review

Director: Matt Spade Release Date: 2018 Contains spoilers A budget movie from 2018, I was impressed by the crisp clarity of the photography in this. Unfortunately, despite ambition, the film itself did not work as well as it might. To me, as I watched it, I was struck that it felt like a low budgeted attempt to capture something akin to Salem’s Lot but it failed to capture either the atmosphere or the scope of the famous mini-series and so felt limited where it could have played up the wider v...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Charity, Pennsylvania, Salem, Sarah, Tom, Tommy, Laurie, Amazon UK, Tom He, Vampire, Matt Spade, Laurie Greyson, Tommy Given, Tommy We


The Art Of Black Panther Book Review

A fascinating and highly entertaining film from start to end, Marvel’s Black Panther film is also one of the studio’s biggest hits to date. This book takes the reader on an immersive journey behind the incredible concept art created during the pre-production stage of the film. The amount of world building required to create a believable, imaginary African country Wakanda is quite daunting and it really shows in the many environment concept pieces featured in the book. Another highlight for me...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Nakia, Wakanda, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan


“The Penguin Classics Book”, by Henry Eliot

I hope I may be forgiven for recommending a book which is not an ebook, but is rather a large and heavy hardback book, but it’s such a great book I wanted to make people aware of it. As I’m sure most people will be aware, the “Penguin Classics” series has been around for over 70 years, and its 1200 books currently in print include many of the world’s greatest books, both fiction and non-fiction. To quote from the introduction of this book: Quote: This book is in...
Tags: Books, Reading Recommendations, Amazon UK, Henry Eliot


Kissing Cousins: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

One of the most famous horror icons, the Monster often misnamed Frankenstein is a mainstay of the wider horror genre and Mary Shelley’s (originally anonymously published) 1818 novel is intimately connected to the vampire genre as it and Polidori’s the Vampyre; A Tale were both conceived at the Villa Diodati on a fateful night during the Year Without a Summer. It was to my great shame that I had not read Shelley’s work and I had already committed to remedy that when I read Groom’s the Vampire: a...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Mary, Frankenstein, SHELLEY, Varney, Amazon UK, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Genre Interest, Varney the Vampire, Mentioned In Passing, Polidori, Frankenstein's Monster, Villa Diodati


Ghost In The Shell 2 – Man Machine Interface Manga Review

Ghost In The Shell 2 – Man Machine Interface is the 2nd manga sequel to Shirow Masamune’ groundbreaking comic Ghost In The Shell ( the 1st being Ghost In The Shell 1.5 – Human Error Processor ). Known as the cyber entity Motoko Aramaki, the former “Major” now works as a security expert for Poseidon Industrial. While the art work in Human Error Processor still retained the goodness of Shirow’s “classic” style, with traditional media used to render the colored illustrations, Man Machine Interf...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Shell, Amazon UK, Shirow, Shirow Masamune, Man Machine Interface Manga Review, Man Machine Interface, Motoko Aramaki


The Little Vampire (2017) – review

Directors: Richard Claus & Karsten Kiilerich Release date: 2017 Contains spoilers Based on the books of Angela Sommer-Bodenburg the Little Vampire has had the small screen treatment, in the form of two series the Little Vampire and the Little Vampire: New Adventures, the big screen treatment, the little Vampire (2000) and now gets the 3D animation treatment (though the DVD is not in 3D). The film is definitely pitched at kids, after all it is based on kids’ books, but it doesn’t nuance in the w...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Germany, Anna, Rudolph, Gregory, Tony, Transylvania, Amazon UK, Thompsons, Maney, Vampire, Tim Pigott Smith, Kevin Otto, Little Vampire, Rasmus Hardiker