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When it comes to movie monsters, there is no comparison. Dinner with a zombie would inevitably get messy. Frankenstein's Monster is a lousy conversationalist. Werewolves are boring three weeks out of every four.
But vampires? Now you're talking. Vampires are suave, stylish and sexy. Even when they turn on you, you get the benefit of eternal youth and an excuse to stay up all night, every night.
The simplest way to become a vampire is to don fake teeth and fangs very much, I vant to suck your blood. Yet Max Schreck went much further, perfecting a chillingly inhuman look as Nosferatu with a bald head, rat's ears and long nails.
The reclusive Schreck kept his acting »
Hailed as one of the more interesting takes on the classic story of Dracula, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre is a perfect fit for a company like Scream Factory, which is all about giving proper recognition to films that may have slipped under the radar of fans over the years.
Sink your teeth into the details about this upcoming Blu-ray release!
From the Press Release
Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror fans alike, »
- John Squires
We previously reported that Wener Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre was getting a high-def upgrade from Scream Factory and we’re back with the official release date, a list of bonus features, and a look at the cover art:
“Since its release in 1979, Wener Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre has not only become one of the director’s most acclaimed films, but one of the most compelling and visually-striking interpretations of the Dracula story ever committed to film. In his haunting interpretation of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog eschews the popular conception of the vampire as confident and alluring, and instead focuses on the tragedy of the creature: doomed to immortality, weary, and disgusted at his own existence. A must for both cinephiles and horror-fans alike, the award-winning Nosferatu the Vampyre makes its Blu-ray debut on May 20th, 2014 from Shout! Factory.
- Jonathan James
Sure, “Vampire Academy” is an adaptation of a wildly successful Ya series chronicling the lives of teenage vampires, but the similarities to “Twilight” stop there.
Aside from dealing with a different vampire mythology, director Mark Waters said the tone of the film is drastically different from that other vampire franchise.
“It actually had this kind of element of subversive humor to it,” he said during the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday. “The ‘Twilight’ movies are great in their own right, but they certainly don’t have any sense of humor to them. And this did. And my brother added even more of it when he wrote his screenplay.”
This is Mark and his brother Daniel Waters’ second vampire pic. Their first collaboration, “Bloodsucking Freaks,” never got off the ground. Mark said they avoided “subjugating studio development hell” this time around.
“I usually welcome coming in at the end of a genre cycle, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Stars: Luke Roberts, Jon Voight, Kelly Wenham, Ben Robson, Holly Earl, Stephen Hogan, Richard Ashton, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Vasilescu Valentin | Written by Pearry Teo, Nicole Jones, Steven Paul | Directed Pearry Teo
Dracula is one of the most prolific, some would say overused, characters in fiction – from literature, to theatre, to cinema and television, Dracula has been one of The most re-interpreted horror monsters. Be it the well-loved Hammer movies, the silent black and white vampire of Nosferatu or more modern takes such as Francis Ford Coppola’s gothic take on the character, Dracula is often seen as one of the go-to horror icons. The character has even inspired a whole genre of vampire movies that, whilst not utilising the official moniker, are clearly influenced by Bram Stoker’s novella – and Dracula: The Dark Prince is no different.
Misunderstood, despised and hunted, Dracula (Roberts) is driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for »
- Phil Wheat
Most people these days know F.W. Murnau for his silent classic Nosferatu, but many have argued that his best work came after he emigrated to America and went to work for Fox. Specifically, Sunrise: a romantic melodrama concerning love lost and found, stands as perhaps the greatest cinematic expression of the Silent Era, and remains a treat not only for film buffs but for anyone interested in strong storytelling. Fox has just released a new Blu-ray edition of the film, and while it's not the Criterion Collection, it should prove more than enticing for fans and casual viewers alike. Hit the jump for my full review. Among its other notable aspects, Sunrise was one of the first movies to use an integrated soundtrack, though it remained dialogue-free and only music and audio effects were included on the film. In many ways, that's a selling point, since its haunting narrative needs no further embellishment. »
- Rob Vaux
Directed by John S. Robertson
During the silent era, the reinvention of visual horror allowed filmmakers and producers to experiment in film techniques that would become a mainstay in the genre’s mode of expression. Many of these relied heavily on makeup (Frankenstein, Dracula) or early pioneering special effects (The Haunted Castle, The Phantom Carriage), but some relied on more human sensibilities. Mere movement and facial expressions dominate the horrific tone in F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu; Max Schreck’s grotesque, almost Korinian features have remained a cornerstone of vampiric imagery for nearly a century. In the same vein, John Barrymore managed a horror portrait in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that has left John S. Robertson’s vision of the Robert Louis Stevenson story a target for restoration and preservation against countless other Jekyll remakes. »
- Zach Lewis
They are perhaps the most versatile monster we know. The vampire. Sometimes sexy, sometimes proper, sometimes feral, sometimes classic. The vampire comes in so many different forms.
There are so many to choose from. Vampires have been present in movies and television forever, so picking out the most vicious is no mean feat. We've done our best to narrow it down to the Top 11 but also have our usual honorable mentions to help flesh out the list (pun definitely intended).
We'd like to recognize the infected Alpha male vampire from I Am Legend; that dude was simply badass. In any version of Salem's Lot, be it either of the television mini-series or the book, Kurt Barlow has always been Type 1 brutal. Chris Sarandon's Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night »
- Scott Hallam
Directed by F.W. Murnau
William Fox had seen Faust, Nosferatu, and The Last Laugh, and on the basis of these German masterworks, he brought their creator, F.W. Murnau, to Hollywood. What he got was a truly distinct cinematic vision, which was what he had in mind: something to set a few Fox features apart from the other studios’ output. What he probably didn’t expect was just how much of that “artsy” European touch he was going to get with Murnau on contract. Were American audiences going to go for this type of movie, with its symbolism, melodious structure, and overtly self-conscious style? At any rate, Murnau’s first picture at Fox was one to remember. Sunrise, from 1927, is one of the greatest of all films. It is a touching, beautiful, and artistically accomplished movie, one of the best ever made, »
- Jeremy Carr
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