Tag Archive: vampires

Sep 20

Stake Land

stakelandGenre: Horror / Action
Year: 2010
Country: USA

Director: Jim Mickle
Starring: Connor Paolo, Gregory Jones, Traci Hovel, Nick Damici, James Godwin

 

The most dangerous thing is to be alive

 

In the near future, bloodthirsty vampires has taken over and ruined society as we know it. A young teenager named Martin is saved by a cowboy looking fella that goes under the name “Mister” and is taken under his care and protection.

They decide to head up north to find a safe place called New Eden in Canada, but on their journey they will not only come across vicious vampires, but also a fanatic religious cult of men that are perhaps even more dangerous than the undead.

Stake Land has an interesting concept. It tries to do the post-apocalyptic thing where they switch out the zombies and rather let vampires be the evil monsters. Vampires are rarely used in this way for some reason and that does make this movie feel very fresh and original.

Sep 05

I Vampiri

ivampiriGenre: Horror
Year: 1956
Country: Italy

aka: Evil’s Commandment, Lust of the Vampire, Lady Vampire, The Devil’s Commandment, The Vampires

Director: Riccardo Freda
Starring: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D’Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida, Angelo Galassi

 

Beautiful Parisian girls were his victims!

 

A woman is fished out of the river Seine in Paris. Her body is totally drained of all blood and this is not the first time this has happened lately in the usually quiet town. Pierre Lantin is a local reporter who is trying to figure this case out, to much dismay of inspector Chantal who believe the media is only hurting their own investigation by causing terror in the city by even nicknaming the killer “The Vampire”. Who will find “The Vampire” first and how many more innocent lives will be lost before they find who is responsible for terrorizing the city?

I Vampiri is known as the first modern horror movie from Italy. It’s also the movie where Mario Bava gets to do some directing after Riccardo Freda left the set two days before the movie was finished. There’s been a lot of talk amongst Bavafans on what scenes he did and what Freda did. Some of the scenes here are very gothic and beautiful shot, but I’d like to give both the credit since it is a team effort with Bava originally as “only” the cinematographer.

May 13

Vampire Hunters

vampirehuntersGenre: Action / Horror
Year: 2003
Country: Hong Kong

aka: The Era of Vampires

Director: Wellson Chin
Starring: Ken Chang, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Suet Lam, Kwok-Kwan Chan, Anya

 

Five heroes. A coven of vampires. A lot bad blood.

 

The profession of being a vampire hunter was a valid one in the 17th Century in China. They even had vampire hunting schools at that time. Wind, Thunder, Rain and Lightning are four promising young students who are chosen to accompany a master of the craft on a journey to kill a powerful vampire. Things doesn’t go very well and their master gets lost and the foursome use the next months to track down what might have happened to him.

Vampires in China differ from the american and european ones. Here they usually hop around, spit poison, cannot see you if you are wet and generally don’t like water and they can also draw blood without biting your neck. They are not romantic, beautiful beasts but rather undead zombielike creatures.

Apr 15

True Blood – Season Five

tb5Genre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Directors: Daniel Minahan, Michael Lehmann, David Petrarca, Romeo Tirone, Daniel Attias, Michael Ruscio, Stephen Moyer, Scott Winant, Lesli Linka Glatter
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten

 

The fifth season of True Blood takes part right after the fourth one with Sookie shooting Debbie Pelt after Debbie had killed Tara while trying to kill Sookie. Pam arrives soon after looking for Eric and they make a deal that involves Pam turning Tara into a vampire. Alcide shows up shortly after Pam and Tara has gone into the ground and lets Sookie know that Russell Edgington is now on the loose. When Tara comes out of the ground, she is pissed and attacks anyone near her. Pam commands her to stay at Sookie’s house and not hurt Sookie or Lafayette who is trying to take care of her. She ends up running out of the house one night after cussing them both out.

Apr 01

Dracula

dracula3dGenre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: Italy

aka: Dracula 3D

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Asia Argento, Rutger Hauer, Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Unax Ugalde

 

 

Jonathan Harker is a young British librarian who is traveling to Transylvania to visit the castle of Count Dracula. Harker soon finds himself being imprisoned by the Count and his lovely maid Tania.

Harker’s wife Mina travels after Harker to find out what has happened to her husband. She arrives at the village and stays with her dear friend Lucy before she heads out to the castle of Count Dracula to find her husband, dead or alive.

Is there really any need for a new adaptation of the legendary Bram Stoker book in 2013? I don’t think so and I’m not very interested in seeing new films that follow the book and premise closely, but this one is done by Dario Argento. Argento is one of my favorite directors of all time and I’m one of the few who still enjoy his output these days, which include stuff like The Card Player, Mother of Tears and Giallo. All films that a big portion of his earlier fans does not care much about.

Mar 13

Frostbite

frostbiteGenre: Horror
Year: 2006
Country: Sweden

original title: Frostbiten
aka: Tale of the Vampires

Director: Anders Banke
Starring: Petra Nielsen, Grete Havnesköld, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Emma Åberg, Jonas Karlström

 

Dawn is just a month away.

 

Frostbite is a vampire movie with some comedy sparkled on top of it. It starts off in World War 2 where a few soldiers find refuge in what looks to be an abandoned shelter. They soon find out that the place might not be abandoned at all and that they are not alone. Cut to present day and a mother and daughter is moving to the north of Sweden where it will be no daylight for an entire month. The mother, Annika, starts to work at a local hospital with where Dr. Beckert works, who she is a great admirer of. Dr. Beckert has a strange patient that he keeps feeding red pills.

The daughter, Saga starts at the local school where she quickly becomes friends with the local kids who enjoys doing normal swedish activities such as drinking and doing drugs. She gets invited to a party where they get ahold of these strange red pills and the night ends like every swedish high school party does with bloodshed and carnage.

Jan 26

True Blood – Season Four

true4Genre: Horror
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Directors: Michael Lehmann, Scott Winant, David Petrarca, Daniel Minahan, Jeremy Podeswa, Michael Ruscio, Romeo Tirone, Lesli Linka Glatter
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell

 

 

True Blood is back again and it starts with Sookie being in a magical fairyland, where she finds her grandfather Earl. Earl is looking exactly the same as when he disappeared many years ago. He tells her that he can’t believe she is all grown up since he has only been away for a few hours. Sookie feels that something is very wrong here and tries to make a run for it together with her grandpa. They manage to escape in a portal before the head fairy closes it and when Sookie returns, she finds out that she has been away for over a year, even though it felt like nearly an hour for her.

Jan 08

True Blood – Season Three

tb3Genre: Horror
Year: 2010
Country: USA

Director: Daniel Minahan, Scott Winant, Michael Lehmann, David Petrarca, John Dahl, Lesli Linka Glatter, Anthony Hemingway
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgård

 

 

In the end of season 2, Bill went missing after proposing to Sookie in a restaurant. Sookie tries to get help from Eric in finding Bill. Bill has ended up in Mississippi after being brought there by werewolves on the command of the vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington. Russell knows about Bill’s alliance with the vampire Queen of Louisiana and is willing to do whatever it takes to get him on his side. He also has help from Bill’s creator and nemesis Lorena and if Bill doesn’t do as he wishes, then Sookie will be in danger. Sookie heads to Mississippi to locate him with the help of Alcide, a werewolf from those parts that have been assigned to protect Sookie by Eric.

In the meantime, Eric is in trouble with the The Magister who has done a raid on Fangtasia and is accusing Eric of selling vampire blood, something he is doing under the command of the vampire Queen Sophie-Ann. Eric is blaming Bill for this and sets out to find Bill for The Magister while he has Pam in captive. Eric soon also arrives at Edgington’s place in Mississippi, where Russell catches him in a lie and he also finds out that Bill now is loyal to Russell.

Jan 07

Nosferatu the Vampyre

POSTER - NOSFERATU THE VAMPIREGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: Germany

original title: Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast

 

 

Jonathan Harker is a real estate agent traveling to visit the recluse Count Dracula at his castle in Transylvania. When he gets close to the castle, he gets warned by locals that the count is a bloodsucking vampire. He ignores the warnings and meets the strange character at his castle where he spends the upcoming nights.

The property that the count is after is in Wismar, Germany where Harker is from. The count also sees a portrait of Harker’s wife Lucy and gets mesmerized by her looks. He decides to buy the property and travel to Wismar, leaving Harker imprisoned at the castle. Harker has to escape and get home before Dracula gets to his young and lovely wife.

Nosferatu The Vampyre is a stylish remake/homage to the legendary 1922 movie. It is handled very respectful by director Werner Herzog and it oozes of style and atmosphere. It stays true to the original movie and the small things that are changed or added work very well. He also had to shoot the movie in both german and english at the same time. The general consensus seems to be that the german language one is better and that’s also the one I watched.

Dec 22

True Blood – Season Two

tbses2Genre: Horror
Year: 2009
Country: USA

Directors: Daniel Minahan, Michael Lehmann, Scott Winant, John Dahl, Michael Ruscio, Adam Davidson, Michael Cuesta
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley

 

 

True Blood is back again after a highly successful first season. The second season further explores Sookie’s relationship with Bill, Eric gets bumped up to the main cast and is not just a strange evil looking creature anymore, Jason gets himself involved with more trouble and a creature takes control over the entire town of Bon Temp.

Bill’s punishment for killing a fellow vampire last year was to turn a young, innocent female into a vampire that he has to train. This vampire was Jessica Hamby, who are now trying to adjust to the life of being a vampire and a teenager at the same time. Eric demands the telepathic help from Sookie after he has been informed that another sheriff and his creator Godric has ended up missing in Dallas. Tara’s cousin Lafayette has been caught by Eric after he has sold vampire blood as a drug to people and is now being kept in Eric’s dungeon underneath Fangtasia. After being healed, Sookie agrees to help Eric find Godric in trade for the freedom of Lafayette.

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