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Bram Stoker’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi – review

Adapted by: Robert Napton Illustrations by: El Garing First Published: 2020 Contains spoilers The Blurb : For the first time ever Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece is being united with the definitive screen Dracula, Bela Lugosi, in an all new graphic novel. In the late 19th century, Dracula, an ancient Transylvanian Vampire, moves to England to find fresh blood and spread his evil contagion. There he encounters two women, Lucy and Mina, who become the targets of his dark obsession. Aided by a g...
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Short Film: Dracula’s Daughter (2020)

Coming in at 5 minutes this short, directed by Tony Laudati, is a reimagining of the famous scene in Dracula’s Daughter where Countess Zaleska (Ausma Fiame) has Lili (Juliet Picard) pose for her, as a life model. The location has slipped to LA from London and the characters are notably different with Zaleska showing a hint of world weariness but also enjoying her undead life one feels (where the original Zaleska was a reluctant slave to vampirism and sought to be done with her undead status). L...
Tags: Amazon, London, Movies, La, Dracula, Lili, Amazon UK, Vampire, Dracula (related, Tony Laudati, Countess Zaleska Ausma Fiame, Lili Juliet Picard, Zaleska, Nan Grey


Stakeout – review

Directors: John Otteni and Paul Otteni Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers This is a mockumentary where we follow filmmakers following, in this case, a vampire hunter. As such it has a similar pedigree as films like AS:VS At Stake: Vampire Solutions, though in that the conceit was we were in a world where vampires were known to be both real and a problem. In this we are in our world, essentially. A world in which there are no such things as vampires and a lone figure tries to prove that wrong ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Jon, McGee, Abel, Amazon UK, Vampire, Belief In Vampires, Vampire Hunter, Draven, Vampire Solutions, John Otteni, Paul Otteni, Jon Velmont John Otteni, Abel Martin Colin Wessman, Draven Grant E McGee


Short Film: Taking Shelter

Viewed at the 2020 IVFAF, this is a 2011 short film directed by Jason Gregg and is just over 11 minutes in length. It begins with a man, William (Jason Gregg, Being Human) lighting candles in his Anderson Shelter as air raid sirens pierce the night – we are, of course, in the Blitz. His wife, Kathleen (Mel Hayward), comes in with their young daughter May (Freya Gillson). There is clearly tension there as she berates him for not waiting. He responds suggesting that he wanted to light the candles...
Tags: Movies, William, Kathleen, Vampire, IVFAF 2020, Jason Gregg, William Jason Gregg, Anderson Shelter, Kathleen Mel Hayward, May Freya Gillson, Tony Banham


Dead Man Tells His Own Tale – review

Director: Fabián Forte Release date: 2016 Contains spoilers If it looks like a vampire, and it acts like a vampire, is it a vampire? In this case I’ll say yes even though the film makes a distinction between the creatures and vampires (but also has the attempted use of stakes as they act just like vampires). In this case the creatures are actually Baobhan Sith (also termed in film as bloodsucking fairies from Scottish Mythology and ‘the White Women of the Scottish Highlands’), which feels a s...
Tags: Movies, Angel, Eddie, Zombie, John Doe, Antonella, Vampire, Lucila, Fae, Macha, Bane, Use Of Tropes, Baobhan Sith, White Women of the Scottish Highlands, Fabián Forte Release, Angel Barrios Diego Gentile


Vamp or Not? I Am Not a Serial Killer

This was a film that had been on my radar and then I lost sight of, that is until Simon Bacon contacted me and asked if I had seen it. He suggested that there might be a vampiric element to this. Directed by Billy O'Brien, and released in 2016, the film is an Irish/US production, set in the US and clearly on a budget. It is based on a young adult novel by Dan Wells (which I haven’t read) and does some really interesting things during its running length. John on his bikeThings start on ...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Wikipedia, US, John, Serial Killer, Crowley, Lloyd, Dan Wells, Amazon UK, Laura Fraser, Christina Baldwin, Vampire, Fae, Billy O Brien, Max Records


Blood from Stone – review

Director: Geoff Ryan Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers Filmed in Laughlin, Nevada, this vampire film feels more a character study than anything else – particularly following two vampires as they try to live very different lives. It could have also felt a little bit like a Tarantino type of movie… I don’t think it got there in those terms but it was certainly a worthwhile attempt to draw us into a neo-noir that shows two very different takes on eternal life. Vanja Kapetanovic as Joe/J...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Cctv, Victoria, Joe, Amazon UK, Laughlin Nevada, Darya, Vampire, Vanja Kapetanovic, Geoff Ryan Release, Joe Jure, Joe Allen Vanja Kapetanovic, Jure Alilovic, Jure, Darya Gabriella Toth Gabriella Toth


La Rose de Sang – review

Director: Klaudia Lanka Release date: 2014 Contains spoilers Viewed at the 2020 IVFAF, this feature can be summed up in a single word, melodrama. Not that there is anything wrong with melodrama when done right, and this was certainly a good melodrama. A romance, most definitely, with a fairy-tale heritage. It also boasted, as we will see, some wonderful sets, the strangest of idiosyncrasies and a central performance which managed to single-handedly bring Jean Rollins’ work to mind. vict...
Tags: Movies, Joseph, Vampire, Apollonia, Jean Rollins, Belon, IVFAF 2020, La Rose de Sang, Klaudia Lanka Release, Wladislas Julien Belon, Apollina Jennifer Brigant, Tobiec Philippe Bataille, Benjamin Lhommas, Joseph Benjamin Lhommas, Lucyllia, Jennifer Brigant


Short Film: Three in a Coffin

Eric L. Hansen’s short film comes in at approximately the 12-minute mark and is a cute foray into the relationship between familiar and vampire. What is interesting is that the film gives the familiar a new title of keeper, which is an unusual term for the role. After establishing shots of a building, the film starts with a coffin. It opens as vampire Jami (Stephanie Quist) awakens and she awakens the other occupant. Her mortal keeper Bo (Joe Casterline) and tells him she is hungry. Bl...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Jami, Bo, Amazon UK, Charles Baudelaire, Vampire, Bothe, Teagan, Eric L Hansen, Jami Stephanie Quist, Bo Joe Casterline, Gerald A Thornton, Teagan Kadi Brazil, Kadi Brazil


Dracula is not Dead – review

Director: Luizo Vega Release date: 2020* Contains spoilers Viewed at the 2020 IVFAF (I have used the date as the release date therefore, as I have no evidence as to an earlier release). This is a really tough film to review as it is more a piece of performance art than a film with structured narrative. This is looking at fashion, influence, celebrity culture etc through the vampiric lens and to me it is a good lens to critique this through as the entire thing seems vampiric. Dare I say that if ...
Tags: London, Movies, Paris, Vogue, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Van Helsing, Dracula, Voltaire, Vampire, Vlad Ţepeş, Lilith, Vlad Dracula, Nosferatu, IVFAF 2020, Luizo Vega


Desire Path – review

Director: Marjorie Conrad Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers Some reviews write themselves but others… not so much. Definitely the case of the latter when watching a film described as “An experimental vampire film with haptic visuals, minimal dialogue, and characters defenceless against their own drives, for lovers of slow cinema.” What I can say was it was absolutely lovely to look at, but is that enough? Amy Deanna as Lana It starts with Lana (Amy Deanna), as she moves, the camer...
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Short Film: Mr. Hush Legacy

The film Mr Hush was not the greatest film ever, but it had something about it that could have been exploited. Some nine years later (in 2019) director David Lee Madison released a short film that was a prequel set in Gettysburg, on the second day of the battle. In truth this tried to be clever in the way it handled the battle but I think it was a little too empty and the film could have had the primary character, Stark (David Lee Madison), move completely away from the battle and it would have...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Gettysburg, Amazon UK, Vampire, David Lee Madison, Edward X Young, Hush Edward X Young


Dracula, Motherf**ker! – review

Author: Alex De Campi Illustrator: Erica Henderson First Published: 2020 Contains spoilers The Blurb : Vienna, 1889: Dracula's brides nail him to the bottom of his coffin. Los Angeles, 1974: an ageing starlet decides to raise the stakes. Crime scene photographer Quincy Harker is the only man who knows it happened, but will anyone believe him before he gets his own chalk outline? And are Dracula's three brides there to help him... or use him as bait? A pulpy, pulse-pounding graphic novel of Cal...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, California, La, Los Angeles, Vienna, Dracula, Percy Jackson, Amazon UK, Vampire, Alex de Campi, Erica Henderson, De Campi, Quincy Harker, Dracula Motherf, Alex De Campi Illustrator


Drácula de Denise Castro – review

Director: Denise Castro Release date: 2018 Contains spoilers Viewed at the 2020 IVFAF, this was a feature that had an interesting premise but did just enough to turn me off through its running length. Now, that might seem unfair, coming straight out of the gates and some may be my own prejudice coming through – but ultimately aren’t reviews always coloured by the critic’s prejudices and biases? Yet despite this, after thinking about what was done with the film, it became less embedded in my...
Tags: Movies, Bram Stoker, Denise, Dracula, Claudia, Transylvania, Ricard, Coppola, Alfredo, Stoker, Vampire, Bathory, Vlad Ţepeş, Erzsébet Báthory, Tepes, Bran Castle


To Drink of Your Blood – review

Director: Edin Alain Martínez Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers A Mexican film, Beber de tu Sangre (in the original Spanish) has appeared on Amazon video as Violent Delights and is a strangely compelling film that is certainly well shot in a photography sense (though there is a practical effect that is less than fantastic) and is sort of a character study meets partial-body horror. It is also not afraid of the human body and opens with Alani (Ana Paulina Martínez) as she moves atop partner G...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Gabriel, Joshua, Javier, Dorian Gray, Amazon UK, Vampire, Lizbeth, Alani, Edin Alain Martínez, Alani Ana Paulina Martínez, Gabriel Guillermo Zapata, Lizbeth Jitzel Galicia, Javier Ernesto Salinas, Vania Olivia Adriana Pérez


Short Film: End of Shift

The 2020 International Vampire Film and Arts Festival (IVFAF) was, due to the pandemic, virtual. Even better it was free to attend and over the two days showed plenty of films – both features and shorts. The great thing about a virtual festival was I was able to screenshot as I watched and I will be bringing you articles, based on those not covered before on TMtV, over the coming months and the first is Mexican short End of Shift – which actually won the Golden Stake for best short at the festi...
Tags: Movies, Michelle, Tony, Chopin, Silvio, Vampire, IVFAF 2020, Telio F Espinoza, Count Stenbock


Chills Down Your Spine – review

Director: Mathew Kister Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers The portmanteau Shivers Down Your Spine was a good fun, obviously budget restricted, indie horror anthology (with the score being let down as the vampire segment was one of the weaker in the film). It was also lengthy, coming in at around the 2-hour mark, this apparently set a challenge and this sequel comes in at round about the 2-hours and fifty-minutes mark. It is also a quality step-up from the previous film and whilst it does hav...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Serial Killer, Whirlpool, Sin City, Tiffany, Payne, Amazon UK, Nora, Vampire, Norah, Mathew Kister, Sabihah Megan Shepard, Benito Garcia, Jeff Steve Eaton, Sabihah


Ma Petite Sophie – review

Director: Rubén Bautista Release date: 2018 Contains spoilers This Spanish film was based on a short film of the same name from a few years before and came somewhat from leftfield, appearing on UK Amazon Prime Videos in time for Halloween 2020 but with nothing within the description to suggest it was a vampire genre film. Rather it talked about primary characters Sophie (Natasha Nejla) and Julio (Fernando Cano) celebrating their 5th anniversary when a person knocks on the door and the visitatio...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Italy, Diana, Sophie, UK Amazon, Amazon UK, Julio, Vampire, Belief In Vampires, Ma Petite Sophie, Rubén Bautista, Sophie Natasha Nejla, Julio Fernando Cano, Violeta Alba Santalla Fonte, Diana Laura García


Short Film: Mutant Virus

A college effort, by the looks of it, and a budget of just $65, this is a 5-minute short directed by Jonah Henrickson and there isn’t a huge amount to say about it. A man (A.J. Brady) with a strange skin tone looks down on a group of people. A girl (Morgan Aranda) is nearby and he tells her not to worry – he’s a good guy. The three below are vampires and are discussing the merits, or otherwise, of student blood. The girl, on request, gives him a ball to distract them (actually probably more get...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Mickey Mouse, Brady, Mickey, Amazon UK, Vampire, Vampire Hunter, Manuel Hernandez, Jonah Henrickson, Morgan Aranda


Carmilla (2019) – review

Director: Emily Harris Release date: 2019 Contains spoilers I always get excited when a new version of Carmilla is produced. The Sheridan Le Fanu story is a cornerstone of the genre; massively important in itself and in its influence on the genre, an influence that sometimes might be hidden under a bushel. This version is not a horror film, rather it plays with the uncanny instead of terror (though it has a couple of bloody moments). Indeed it may actually be more a ‘belief in vampires’ film th...
Tags: Amazon, England, Movies, Charlotte, Laura, Styria, Greg Wise, Amazon UK, Lara, Jessica Raine, Fontaine, Vampire, Energy Vampire, Belief In Vampires, Carmilla, Emily Harris


Short Film: It’s Normal

This 2018 short film from director Nicole W. Solomon is about 16-minutes and is very clever in one specific way, which ties to the title, that I really enjoyed. We start off with scenes from the city and posters of missing people. Kay (Latresa Baker) has visited Lucy (Tara Cioletti) after she failed to answer calls and texts. Kay and Lucy are both part of a grief support group, which runs a buddy system and Kay knows it is a particularly tough time for Lucy. Lucy suggests she is just really tir...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Lucy, Kay, Reina, Amazon UK, Lucy Lucy, Vampire, Nicole W Solomon, Kay Latresa Baker, Lucy Tara Cioletti, Reina Rory Lipede


Blood of Drago – review

Directed by: Homer Broadnax Release date: 2019 Contains spoilers One of the key things for a film is to have a consistent and believable storyline (unless, deliberately, the script and direction can pull off suspension of disbelief extremely well). I know we are talking vampires, but that is our film’s conceit – reactions, for instance, should then have some reasoning grounded in the way the built character might naturally react. All the above might indicate that there is something rotten whe...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Movies, Robin, Vincent, Morgan, Mira, Lisa, Amazon UK, Drago, Adrianne, Vampire, Dorian Grey, Homer Broadnax, Alli Hart, Vincent Drago Clint Hummel


Nosferatu.Com – review

Director: Julien Dève Release date: 2020 Contains spoilersFound footage films are a strange beast. Not my favourite genre of film they are often an excuse for low quality photography and limited SFX. That’s not to say that they are all bad but, for every Rec (2007) there are several films that aren’t brilliant. All of which introduces us to Nosferatu.com a French found footage vampire film. brandishing the crossSo the film begins With footage from a camera, in a corridor. There is a no...
Tags: Movies, Jeremy, Alex, Lemmy, Marco, Steph, Franck, Vampire, Ghoul, Zompire, Julien Dève Release, Jérémy Anthony Lefebvre, Marco Julien Dève, Anthony Lefebvre, Alex Adrien Leboulanger, Mat Emmanuel Gost


Nosferatu (BFI Film Classics) – review

Author: Kevin Jackson First published: 2013 The Blurb : F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), the first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, remains a potent and disturbing horror film. One of the outstanding documents of Weimar culture's dark side, the film's prevailing themes of human destructiveness, insanity, and moral and physical pollution had a stinging topicality for contemporary audiences. Kevin Jackson's illuminating study traces Nosferatu's production and reception history, includ...
Tags: Movies, Jackson, Bram Stoker, Weimar, KEVIN JACKSON, Dracula, Amazon UK, Murnau, Stoker, Vampire, Reference - Media, Nosferatu


Dracula the Messiah: Part Two – the Seducer – Review

Director: Gregory Motton Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers This is the second of a trilogy of films, based around the novel of Dracula and quite ambitious in scope – this part, which takes us up to Lucy’s funeral, is shorter than part one and comes in around 1.5-hours. This shorter running length should have helped the film but it did drag. I mentioned when I reviewed Part 1, the deceiver that it was tonally reminiscent of necrorealism. Not so this part, probably because of the parlour drama...
Tags: England, Movies, Lucy, Van Helsing, Quincy, Dracula, Carfax, Seward, Mina, Vampire, Vlad Ţepeş, Undead, Lilith, Mick Ford, Renfield, Jonathan He


Short Film: IvY

This is a short film that was directed by Rubén Abarca in 2017 and comes in at 14 minutes. For me this plays interestingly with the relationship between the vampire and their Renfield and, whilst it does little more than hint, there is an intertextual link with the grooming aspect explored in Let Me In. In the opening scenes we get a montage featuring Claudia (Elisabeth Vila) and we see her eat and also cleaning a blood-spattered bathroom. One scene is sexual, but she seems to be alone (actuall...
Tags: Movies, Claudia, ALICIA, Vampire, Renfield, Rubén Abarca, Claudia Elisabeth Vila, Alicia Sara Castro, Ivy Martina Fernandez Alicia, Elisabeth Vila, Claudia This


Vampires vs. the Bronx – review

Director: Osmany Rodriguez Release date: 2020 Contains spoilers Vampires vs. the Bronx was a Netflix production, released at the start of October as we entered the Halloween season. As we will explore this horror-comedy, that is pretty much kid friendly, has a pedigree that stretches from the Lost Boys, though the adult horror elements are turned down by a noticeable notch. On the other hand, this actually addresses some social issues within its running length. It is also referential to the g...
Tags: Usa, Movies, US, Netflix, Salem, Bronx, Sam, Haiti, Michael, Frank, Bobby, Tony, Zoe Saldana, Rita, Dracula, Becky


NYSferatu: Symphony of a Century – review

Director: Andrea Mastrovito Release date: 2017 Contains spoilers Please note the review is taken from a screener, the screenshots, therefore, have a layer of watermarking that may, or may not be obvious. So this is a rendition of Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens created as an animated rotoscope recreation and moves the film from 19th Century Germany to 21st Century New York, though the foreground figures keep the form of the original film. It is startlingly beautiful but it is the reappr...
Tags: UK, New York, Movies, US, Syria, George Bush, Ellen, Palmyra, Trump, Hunter, Alex Ross, Ellis Island, Dracula, Nutter, Murnau, Vampire


One Death at a Time – review

Author: Thomas M Hewlett First published: 2016 The Blurb : “People think Alcoholics Anonymous is for drunks. It’s not. It’s for us, the real drinkers. The blood drinkers. All the rest of those meetings are just for show.” Los Angeles, 1948. Detective Jack Strayhorn is killed while chasing down a suspect in the Black Dahlia murders all by himself. Los Angeles, 2010. Jack Strayhorn is back in L.A. as a private investigator with a simple mission: catch the bad guys and try not to kill any innocen...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Los Angeles, Jack, Thomas, Amazon UK, Black Dahlia, Vampire, Werewolf, Fae, Hewlett First, Jack Strayhorn


Vamp or Not? The Dinner Party

Released in 2020 and directed by Miles Doleac, the Dinner Party makes no secret within its trailer that cannibalism sits at the heart of the film. However, it is not that which has led to this Vamp or Not. Rather, it is a secret of one of the characters and, for that, there is a spoiler over a key aspect of the film. The film itself opens with a table spread with food, until the panning camera takes us to a character, Sebastian (Sawandi Wilson) who is wounded and spraying blood from a neck woun...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Cannibalism, Vincent, Dinner Party, Jeff, Haley, Sebastian, Adam, Sadie, Amazon UK, Jeffery, Carmine, Vampire, Miles Doleac, Lilith