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30 Days of Night: The Beginning of the End Volume 1 – review

Author: Steve Niles Artist: Sam Keith First published: 2012 Contains spoilers The Blurb : Fright-master Steve Niles returns to the creation that launched his career for an all-new 30 Days of Night series, with warped genius Sam Keith handling the art duties. Features an all-new cast of characters being introduced to the world of 30 Days of Night for the first time! The review : Though it has flaws, the original 30 Days of Night spawned a remarkable universe that has, for the most part, been w...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Fbi, Stella, Eden, Niles, Amazon UK, Vampire, Steve Niles, Sam Keith, Sam Keith First, Adrien Stepping


Nicholas Hoult Will Star as Dracula's Henchman in Universal Monster Comedy Renfield

He’s played J.R.R. Tolkien, the X-Men’s Beast, and a romantic zombie—plus, we all witnessed him in Mad Max: Fury Road. Now Nicholas Hoult is adding another notch to his already impressive genre resume, signing on to star as the title character in Chris McKay’s Dracula-adjacent Universal monster movie Renfield.Read more...
Tags: Science, The Walking Dead, Films, Tom Waits, Paul Feig, Ryan Gosling, Leigh Whannell, Chris Mckay, Jrr Tolkien, Mad Max, Francis Ford Coppola, Rick, Charlie, Nicholas Hoult, J R R Tolkien, Van Helsing


Short Film: Crimson Matrimony

This was a short film directed by Bejan Faramarzi and released in 2015 and is a visually rather sumptuous short with the feel, perhaps, of a vampire LARP. It starts in a woodland clearing where there are two thrones. Suddenly King V (Logan South) and his Queen (Daley Catherine) appear. They are hosting the arranged wedding of their daughter Victoria (Stacy Lambdin) to Vincencio (Prakash Gandhi Natarajan). She seems less than impressed with the arrangement but he suggests she could do much wors...
Tags: Movies, Victoria, King, Vampire, Stevie Marie, Bejan Faramarzi, Logan South, Daley Catherine, Victoria Stacy Lambdin, Vincencio Prakash Gandhi Natarajan


Blood Born – review

Director: Reed Shusterman Release date: 2021 Contains spoilers Vampire infants, they add a whole level of creepiness to the uncanniness of the vampire, and this is a vampire infant film – sort of. I say sort of as it is perhaps more Rosemary’s Baby – the fear of birth and what the mother may be carrying to term. However, it is certainly a vampire film and the v word is used (though dismissed as loaded terminology). Jody Jaress as Lilith The film actually starts with screaming an...
Tags: Movies, Ola, Rosemary, Foundation, Susan, Eric, Amazon US, Makayla, Vampire, Energy Vampire, Lilith, Gravida, Vampire Infant, Ola Ola, Eric This, Reed Shusterman


Vampire Strippers – review

Director: Royce Davis Release date: 2021 * Contains spoilers * date according to Amazon, the film credits weren’t forthcoming and at the time of writing there was no IMDb page Oh my word but some films are just bad. I must admit that just the utilitarian poster for this one had my spidey senses tingling (also the lack of an IMDb page) when it showed up on Amazon Prime Video as a purchase (or rent) to view. I was sceptical but, nevertheless, it went on my watchlist and then, one day, it turned...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, US, Thomas, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon UK, Vampire, Strip Club/stripper, Royce Davis, Julion Aaron L Toland II, Julion, Thomas Eli El Shabazz, Havana Foresteen Hood, Damon Gary


Blood Red Sky – review

Director: Peter Thorwarth Release Date: 2021 Contains spoilers Netflix’s latest vampire flick, and between the very toothsome and plane-based trailer and the fact that the opening scenes show the aforementioned plane land at a Scottish military airbase this one is super hard to spoil – vampire, on plane, with son, hijackers… that is almost the plot laid out in full. Be that as it may, as an action adventure this could have been a bit of an action sub-genre classic. Alas, whilst entertaining it ...
Tags: New York, Movies, Germany, US, America, Netflix, Islamophobia, Drummond, Elias, Shelley Duvall, Farid, Vampire, Dominic Purcell, Nadja, Graham McTavish, Simon Bacon


Evil On Queen Street: Bloodlust – review

Director: Matt Spease Release date: 2019 Contains spoilers This low to no budget offering is actually the third film in a sequence but, from what I can tell, it is the first with a vampire theme. There is one moment of back exposition that might lose a viewer coming in to this one unsighted on the other films (as I was) but mostly it stands alone – which is a positive of course. As I started watching this, I had a silent inward moan as I thought it was going to be a chore but, despite myself, f...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, NIC, Tracy, Cruz, Zombie, Sophie, Vlad, Amazon UK, Vampire, Vlad Ţepeş, Tracy Tracy, Sophie Caitlyn Bailey, Vlad Ţepeş Ryan Heumier, Damien Cruz Kevin T Oliver, Freeman Buddy Campbell


The All-Nighter Asks an Important Question: What If Vampires Were Superheroes?

Superheroes are so blasé. Now, vampire superheroes? That’s a cross-demographic hook that we’re very much into. io9 has an exclusive look at Comixology’s next comic from Chip Zdarksy and Jason Loo, alongside colorist Paris Alleyne, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and editor Alison O’Toole, after their collaboration on …Read more...
Tags: Science, Kindle, Fiction, Literature, Alex, Superhero, Alison, Joy, Ian, Amazon Studios, Cynthia, Vampire, Comixology, Alleyne, All Nighter, Zdarsky


Brooklyn Love Stories – review

Director: Sonejuhi Sinha (segment) Release date: 2019 Contains spoilers Not my normal genre of film, admittedly, but vampires do get everywhere. This time they get into an anthology of love stories set in and around Bushwick, Brooklyn (the original title of the film was Bushwick Beats). The segment we are interested in is entitled Love Trumps Hate and it did quite a bit of world building in its short running length. vampire genocide The segment starts at a butcher’s shop, the camer...
Tags: Movies, Bushwick, Harlow, Sadie, Amazon US, Bushwick Brooklyn, Vampire, Britne Oldford, Sonejuhi Sinha, Brooklyn Love Stories, Ed Furs, New York State Line, Silver Bullet Coalition, Vampire Rights Reform Association, Sadie Britt Baron, Harlow Britne Oldford


Blood Red Sky Pits a Vampire Against Hijackers and Almost Lives Up to That Killer Concept

Blood Red Sky begins with a frame story—an aircraft makes a wobbly landing in Scotland as troops gather below—before introducing us to a mother and son preparing to travel from Germany to New York. She’s obviously gravely ill and hopes that a specialist in America can cure her. However, as anyone who’s seen the trailerRead more...
Tags: New York, Science, Scotland, Germany, Fiction, America, Netflix, Elias, Vampire, Dominic Purcell, Nadja, Only Lovers Left Alive, Fictional Characters, Peter Thorwarth, Alexander Scheer, Creative Works


‘Interview With the Vampire’ TV Series Lines Up ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Alan Taylor

Notable director Alan Taylor has joined the upcoming AMC series Interview with the Vampire. The Emmy-winning veteran is the latest addition to the series that will be inspired by Anne Rice‘s 1976 gothic horror novel of the same name. This is the kind of news that you can really sink your teeth into. According to Variety, Alan Taylor will direct the first two episodes of the series and serve as executive producer on season 1. Taylor has a long-standing history directing award-winning shows li...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Movies, News, Amc, Newark, Alan, Taylor, Kennedy, Rice, Amc Networks, Mark Johnson, Christopher Rice, Anne Rice, Rolin Jones, Alan Taylor


Violet’s Prey – review

Director: Kelly Thompson * Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers * the film credits Kelly Thompson as director – Amazon credits cinematographer Seth Sosslau. Lockdown themed films were a sure thing, and this film backdrops the Covid-19 pandemic but then fails to do anything except have it as a mentioned backdrop. It is, without a doubt, a micro-budget film and it gives me no pleasure to write negative reviews of such films but… The film is poor, there are good ideas but the filmmakers had neit...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Ruby, Dick, Judy, Violet, Amazon UK, Vampire, Kelly Thompson, Helen Thompson, Seth Sosslau Lockdown, Dick Brandon Beckham Aylor, Ruby Kelly Helen Thompson, J Stark, Ruby Violet, Brandon Beckham Aylor


The Vampire (2013) – review

Director: Geoffrey Orlowski Release date: 2013 Contains spoilers I noticed this on Vimeo and, having watched the trailer, decided it was likely worth a shot. What I watched was a definitely budget indie with a lot of heart and perhaps a tad too much ambition. Of course, too much ambition is not necessarily a bad thing and for each moment you might accuse of being a misstep, this did make a correct call and there is a base here for the fimmakers to build from. Alissa Scherb as Zee We...
Tags: Movies, America, Ava, Hunter, Zee, Vampire, Werewolf, Porphyria, Created By Science, Oona, Frankenstein's Monster, Geoffrey Orlowski, Alissa Scherb, Zelene Alissa Scherb, Jarrett Mark Needham New, Ramsey Mark Joseph Peek


What We Do in the Shadows Releases a Delightful Season 3 Teaser

Like many of you, I spent most of 2020 catching up on television. All those times I said “I’d love to watch that, but I just don’t have the time” went out the window. I finally had all the time, and as a result was able to catch so many shows I’d missed—including the phenomenal What We Do In the Shadows. And with the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, What We Do In The Shadows, Van Helsing, Vampire, Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Urban Fantasy, Nadja, Abraham Van Helsing, Harvey Guillen, Natasia Demetriou, Mark Proksch, Nandor, Guillermo Harvey Guillén, Nadja Natasia Demetriou


Short Film: That Very Special Night

Viewed at the 2020 IVFAF. So, this 2018 short by Mark C. Pollock comes in at under 5 minutes and is pretty simple in structure. Starting with a country road, we see headlights and in the car are Ed (Tom Sephakis) and Sally (Terri Coleman). She wonders whether he is having a mid-life crisis as she recognises the spot… After all it was the first time. This leads to a conversation around that first time, which touches on gender roles and personal fears. It also becomes clear that the two are marri...
Tags: Movies, Ed, Sally, Vampire, IVFAF 2020, Mark C Pollock, Ed Tom Sephakis, Sally Terri Coleman


My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It to – review

Director: Jonathan Cuartas Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers The vampire genre is often used as a medium to explore issues. In the case of My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It to, I read the film as an exploration of the life of a care-giver, of the pressures that come to bear – obviously exaggerated as the one they care for is a vampire but such exaggeration can offer insight… What the film also does is offer the viewer a relentlessly bleak vision that didn’t offer a character to overly s...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Movies, Dwight, Thomas, Rose, Pam, Blu Ray, Jessie, Amazon UK, Thomas Thomas, Vampire, Patrick Fugit, Jonathan Cuartas, Jessie Ingrid Sophie Schram, Dwight Patrick Fugit Cirque


Vampires Are Real – review

Director: J.R. Timothy Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers This is a really odd film to review. It is essentially a 1’ 40’’ improv (cut down from a reported 2’ 20’’ according to IMDb). How much you can then enjoy the film depends both on the quality of the improv but also your tolerance for it. In this case I ended up being quite taken by the two loser characters at the heart of the film, which kept me engaged but the engagement was limited. The film takes the form of a mokumentary that follow...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Stewart, Amazon UK, Vampire, Belief In Vampires, Vampire Hunter, Ghoul, J R Timothy Release, Stewart J R Timothy, Everritt Taylor Nielson, Everritt


Short Film: The Moon, The Bat, The Monster

This short film was around the 6-minute mark and directed by Robbie Dias. It starts with science nerd Helena (Emily Schlachter) who is working on DIY wormhole technology. Her efforts are disturbed by Roxy (Cinthya Brasil) who enters Helena’s room swigging from a hip-flask. Helena covered her work so, of course, Roxy beelines for it and manages to knock some classic monster collectables into it. That night Helena has a nightmare about the classic monsters and a nearby cemetery. She forces Roxy t...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Roxy, Helena, Frankenstein, Dracula, Amazon UK, Vampire, Werewolf, Frankenstein's Monster, Robbie Dias, Helena Emily Schlachter, Roxy Cinthya Brasil, James Espinosa, Ulysses Julio


Interview with the Vampire TV Show Rises Again at AMC

We’ve got a new Lestat-us update, and it’s a good one. After years of trying to bring Anne Rice’s vampire franchise to the small screen, AMC has greenlit a new adaptation of Interview with the Vampire. And it looks like this is just the beginning of vampire season for the network.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Amc, Literature, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Cruise, Hulu, Louis, Mark Johnson, Vittorio, Christopher Rice, Anne Rice, Rolin Jones, Merrick, Stoker


Looking for Something to Suck: The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes – review

Author: R. Chetwynd-Hayes Editor: Stephen Jones First published: 2014 Contains spoilers The Blurb : In these exsanguinating stories, Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes masterfully reinvents the vampire genre as he introduces the reader to a cleaning woman who discovers she is working for Dracula's son; a couple trapped in a house created by the mind of a centuries-old vampire; a young boy whose ancestor is depressed by his undead existence; a creature of darkness that sucks the life-force from its victims,...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Britain, Ian, Dracula, Stephen Jones, Amazon UK, Vampire, Energy Vampire, Undead, Werewolf, John Carradine, Les Edwards, Dracula (related, Werewolf/vampire Hybrid, Jim Pitts


You Are My Vampire – review

Director: Hoi Lee Release date: 2014 Contains spoilers You are my Vampire is a Korean romantic comedy in which a character may or may not be a vampire. It leaves you with a sense at the very end but the primary character Gyu-Jung (Choi Yoon-Young) does come across as a bit of a fantasist and so may not be the most accurate witness. Indeed Gyu-Jung is painted as a bit of a loser. Some 30 years old she is, as the film starts, living with her father (Kim Jong-Goo), a divorcee who runs apartments a...
Tags: Movies, Metaphor, Bram Stoker, Dracula, Vampire, Belief In Vampires, Choi Yoon Young, Hoi Lee Release, Gyu Jung Choi Yoon Young, Gyu Jung, Kim Jong Goo, Moon Hee Kyung, Heo Ji Soon Kim Hyung Mi, Lee Joo Hyoung Lee Jae Yoon Gyu Jung, Kang Nam Gul Park Jung Sik, Park Jung Sik


Short Film: Sang Papier

Just under 8-minutes, this Canadian short film was directed by Kevin T. Landry and despite not being related to its antipodean predecessor, I couldn’t help but be reminded of What We Do in the Shadows in that I could imagine the vampires from that film in this situation. It is a quiet night in a Canadian airport, we see a shadow moving along the wall and a bored looking customs guard does not look up as the lone traveller (Alexand Fournier) approaches. When he does it is to see a passport with...
Tags: Movies, Vampire, Grigori, Kevin T Landry, Alexand Fournier


Honourable Mention: The Wings of Dracula

Lucas Alifano as Seward This is a “zoom play”, directed by Starina Johnson and the script of which was written by a friend, David MacDowell Blue. This friendship is one of the reasons for giving this an Honourable Mention (rather than reviewing the play), the other being that I have watched a few zoom plays over lockdown and they all suffer to a greater or lesser degree for not being more traditionally staged. In this case, the Fierce Backbone company really did make the best of the...
Tags: England, Movies, Lucy, Whitby, Van Helsing, Dracula, Seward, Amazon UK, Demeter, Vampire, Undead, David MacDowell Blue, Holmwood, Lucas Alifano, Starina Johnson, Hillingham Carfax


Crowdfunding: The Damnation of Dracula

You may recall when I looked at the Sébastien Godin directed Blood Rites of the Vampyr and found an enjoyable low budget film with definite nods to Jean Rollin working in consort with a more modern sensibility that reminded me of auteur Chris Alexander’s work. The film was shot on an ultra-low budget yet managed to maintain an authentic arthouse/horror feel. Godin, along with producer Chris Darton are looking to make The Damnation of Dracula with a much higher budget than Blood Rites had and, t...
Tags: Movies, Wes, Sarah, Creek, Dracula, Godin, Jimi, Birdie, Vampire, Chris Alexander, Jean Rollin, Sébastien Godin, Ali Chappell, Chris Darton, Dustin Mills, Buffalo Mines


Sabotage: Book 2 in the Occupation Series – review

Author: Jeff Dawson First published: 2018 Contains spoilers The blurb : June 22nd, 1941. Hitler launches Operation Barbarossa. He defiantly states that when the door is kicked in, Stalin’s corrupt government will collapse. German forces stream across the open plains, devouring everything in their path. There is nothing to stop them, or is there? The clans have melded together and for the moment are working as one. They buried Stephan and are looking for quarters where Nicole and Dmitri can bir...
Tags: Movies, Russia, Red Army, Hitler, Eastern Europe, Stalin, Nicole, Stephan, Svetlana, Amazon UK, Dmitri, Vampire, Zhukov, Jeff Dawson, Konstantin, Himmler


Tokyo Ghoul (2017) – review

Director: Kentarô Hagiwara Release date: 2017 Contains spoilers So, I have previously looked at the first two seasons of the Toko Ghoul anime as a 'Vamp or Not?' Within that I looked at the close relationship between vampires and ghouls in comparative mythology and early vampire literature, I examined the specific tropes in the series and concluded that Tokyo Ghoul should, likely, be classed as vampire or, at the very least, of genre interest and a vehicle that uses vampire tropes. I don’t int...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Tokyo, Rize, Amazon UK, Vampire, CCG, Genre Interest, Ghoul, Ryoko, Separate Species, Kentaro Hagiwara, Kaneki, Masataka Kubota, Toka, Ken Kaneki Masataka Kubota


Short Film: Online Order

Viewed at the 2020 IVFAF. This was a 2020 short by Johan Nayar that comes in at just under 5 minutes. It was inevitable that lockdown and how people cope with it would become a theme within films and that is what is explored in this. It starts at day 7 of a lockdown that sounds as though it was well policed. Vincent (Luis David Rodriguez) thinks about a girl he met just before lockdown started, Sia (Karolina Kula) and, eventually, decides to ring her (by then it is day 22). online date...
Tags: Movies, Sia, Vampire, IVFAF 2020, Johan Nayar, Vincent Luis David Rodriguez, Sia Karolina Kula


Transfusion: Vampires Versus Robots – review

Author: Steve Niles Artist: Menton3 Contains Spoilers The blurb : In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? And which are the real bad guys? Find out in this horrific new story by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte! The Review : In an apocalyptic world a group of huma...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Amazon UK, Vampire, Undead, Steve Niles, Vampiric Machine


Lilin’s Brood – Review

Directors: P.W. Simon & Artii Smith Release date: 2016 Contains spoilers The Lilin were a form of Jewish demon that became tied into the Lilith myth and are known as the offspring of Lilith and Samael, they are more often called Lilim. So, having said that it is clear that, with this film, we are looking at the Lilith mythology as a basis for the story. We are also in the world of found footage again. Though, as the main characters are a group of camera wearing Investigative journalists called ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, New Orleans, Zombie, Wolf, Thomas, Ron, Vanessa, Danny, Nate, Amazon UK, Mummy, PLU, Vampire, SAMAEL, Marie Laveau


The Amityville Harvest – review

Director: Thomas J. Churchill Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers Where to start? Well, it isn’t an Amityville movie, not in how I know them (though I have to admit I have not stayed abreast of the various films). Rather it is a vampire film set in the town of Amityville. Probably so that it could play off the other franchise’s name. It also is not a harvest. Harvest would suggest a deliberate gathering of the crops – as I’ll mention later, there doesn’t really have seemed to be a deliberate e...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Lincoln, Cosmo, Vincent, Zombie, Christina, Booth, Lexi, Amazon UK, Amityville, Lana, Vincent Miller, Vampire, Ghoul, Thomas J Churchill