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Tony Sokol Jun 20, 2017
Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have detected another classic novel to sink their teeth into. Bram Stoker’s Dracula begins with a real estate deal. Jonathan Harker secures the Transylvanian count some scattered properties in Whitby, England, where he can kick off his cape and hide his native soil. Those hiding places are discovered through some stiff detective work. 127 years after the 1897 publication of the classic horror novel, the quintessential vampire will be returning to England. Moffat and Gatiss are in negotiations with the BBC to create a new Dracula miniseries.
Dracula will be the first time Moffat and Gatiss have collaborated since Sherlock aired its long awaited season 4 earlier this year. The future of Sherlock has not yet been decided. Work on the new Dracula series will begin after Moffat finishes his sixth and final season on Doctor Who.
Dracula has been adapted for stage, screen and TV many times. Stoker wrote the first theatrical version. It was first adapted to film by F. W. Murnau in Nosferatu in 1922. Bela Lugosi went from stage to screen when he starred in the 1931 Universal Studios classic. The BBC produced the TV movie Count Dracula, starring Louis Jourdan in 1977.
Gatiss is on record as a fan of the 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula, which starred Christopher Lee as the count and Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing. Moffat took on classic horror in 2007 when he wrote the series Jekyll. Gatiss played Dracula in a full-cast audio play from Big Finish in 2016.
There is no word on whether Dracula will be set in modern day England.
Source: Variety »
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Abel Ferrara's King of New York (1990) is playing June 16 - July 16, 2017 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.“In striving to sin, to blaspheme, Ferrara’s heroes assert with Lucifer their moral autonomy, their sovereignty, their heroic identity, their glory, pitifully”—Tag Gallagher We’re introduced to Frank White (Christopher Walken) with one of director Abel Ferrara’s iconic roving pans, creeping left–right from the darkness of the prison wall to the harsh white of Frank’s cell. Frank is placed small in the frame, positioned slightly off-centre towards the bottom corner, his back to the camera as he prays silently. The prison bars dominate the composition, abstracted into silhouettes by Ferrara’s chiaroscuro lighting. A police baton enters the frame and knocks twice on the cell door, jarring Frank out of his concentration. The door is then »
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
Using vampirism for allegorical purposes, Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration is a truly stunning and heartbreaking effort from a first-time director who demonstrates an appreciation for horror, showing how the genre can be a vessel for exploring stories with deeper meanings without getting too preachy or heavy-handed. Anchored by incredible performances from Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine, The Transfiguration defies yet embraces its conventions, all while playing like a love letter to the vampire sub-genre. This riveting progressive horror story sunk its teeth deep into my soul.
The Transfiguration follows Milo (Ruffin), a troubled teen living in New York City with his older brother, Lewis (Aaron Clifton Moten), after losing both of his parents. Milo has a fascination (“obsession” might be a more accurate term) with vampires, and it’s starting to spill over into his everyday life. Consumed with thoughts of blood and killing, Milo even studies online »
- Heather Wixson
Region B Blu-ray
Vlm Media (Finland)
1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 68 74 min. / Street Date November 25, 2016 / Available from Cdon.Com / €19.95
Cinematography, Editing: Erik Blomberg
Costume, Wardrobe, Makeup: Mirjami Kuosmanen
Original Music: Einar Englund
Produced by: Aame Tarkas
Directed by Erik Blomberg
A few years back the pioneering disc boutique Mondo Macabro imported a number of exotic Eastern horror films, such as Purana Mandir from India. The movies seemed a real cultural curiosity, an imitation of our genre filmmaking with local touches added. Phil Hardy’s Encyclopedia of Horror reference book whetted my appetite for scores of amazing-sounding foreign horror pictures, that I thought I’d never see. Many have been made available in the digital age, although not always in this Region. A friend loaned me this exotic picture, »
- Glenn Erickson
5 items from 2017
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