9 items from 2008
There are so many places for the mind to go with a movie called Lesbian Vampire Killers. First, you got your lesbians. Depending on who we're talking about, that's pretty hot. Or, you know, it's Rosie. But for the sake of argument, let's go more Portia Di Rossi.
Then you got your vampires. Again, you could be talking Team Edward or Max Schreck as Nosferatu. And then killers is self-explanatory, although you could be a lesbian vampire who kills, someone who kills lesbian vampires, or a lesbian that kills vampires. So it's three little words that go great together, but offer a world of cinematic opportunity.
And then there's the totally sweet new poster for this British vampire flick...and I think it's exactly the movie we thought it would be all along.
We don't have a U.S. release date yet, which is a crime against nature in my book, »
- Colin Boyd
The Vault of Horror blog recently posted The "Cyber-Horror Elite's" Top 50 Horror Films of All Time. This list was generated from the Top 10 lists of "32 cyber-horror notables," as detailed Here.
This was created (as stated in the above blog post) in retaliation against HMV's "highly flawed" survey of the top 50 horror movies of all time, culled from HMV’s annual survey of more than 6,000 customers, and conducted on HMV.com over a four-week period between September 19 and October 20, 2008 (source: Here ).
This blogger does nothing to explain why he feels HMV's poll is "highly flawed," so I'm assuming it's simply because he didn't like the list, which is hardly the same thing. If there's a more scientific reason why it's "highly flawed," it wasn't addressed in the above blog post.
In his initial response to HMV's list he states, "... you have Saw in the top 5, which, even as a supporter of that movie, »
5 - Near Dark
4 - Nosferatu
3 - Nightwatch
2 - Nosferatu the Vampire
1 - Dracula
The freaks come out at night
We could have put any number of mainstream vampire movies up here - The Lost Boys, Interview with the Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Blade, etc. - but really, these are better movies. Plus, they're creepier, and since we're not talking about the Top Five Movies About Florists, I think creepy is a good component.
That's not to say the Blade movies or Underworld or the Frank Langella Dracula aren't worthwhile. A lot of them are. But I think I've got valid reasons for all of these. Before we get to the list, other top nominees included Shadow of the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Vampire Hunter D, The Hunger, Fearless Vampire Killers, Fright Night, Lifeforce, and the truly bad Bordello of Blood. Oh, and the just as bad Van Helsing got one vote. »
- Colin Boyd
By Troy Brownfield
You may recall that I opened the new Unkillable Classics column with a discussion of Frankenstein. It’s almost a given now that installment two should cover the other big Universal release of 1931, that other standard-bearer of the horror genre that’s forever linked to that first film. The film for today is, of course, Dracula.
Like Frankenstein, I discovered this film for myself via the local broadcast outlet that carried the “thriller” package weeks. By that time, there were already plenty of other Dracula associations that I could make from pop culture. I fondly recall an issue of the Super Friends comic from DC (in fact, it was issue #10 from 1978, making me about five upon its release) where the heroes crossed paths with a group of characters that resembled the classic movie monsters. It turned out that these “monsters” were in fact the super »
By Matt Singer
We're getting into the Halloween spirit at IFC.com this week by taking a look back at some famous movie makeup jobs (that are, at minimum, 25 years old) that have maintained their power to scare the bejeezus out of viewers. These kids today with their computer generated imagery and their Blu-rays and their "Saw V"s! Back in our day, we didn't have computers to do our imagination's dirty work for us. Visionary artists had only prosthetics, wire, plaster, rubber and a whole lot of Karo syrup to bring their creations to life! Back in our day, these were the movies you rented on Halloween! At the video store! As far as we're concerned, they still should be. And don't you dare teepee our Web site or we're calling the cops. [Part one of our list can be found here.]
5. Videodrome (1983)
Directed by David Cronenberg
Special Makeup Effects by Rick Baker
To the best of my knowledge, »
- Matt Singer
By Stephen Saito
Andrew Clement was ten when he implored his father to see "The Exorcist," only to have his dad come back from seeing the William Friedkin horror classic and tell him, "You are not seeing that film!" These days, Clement is partners with Dick Smith, the man who was responsible for Linda Blair's spinning head and the pea soup, and takes pride in carrying on Smith's proud tradition -- "We did [a dummy] for the end of 'Cloverfield,' which was in the final frames of the film," said Clement. "And people are having this emotional reaction to this character dying and it's just a piece of my rubber."
Such rubber is the stuff ten-year-old's nightmares are made of, and as part of our weeklong celebration of the ingenious makeup magicians and creature creators like Clement that are precise in their scares and liberal with the red-tinged corn syrup, »
- Stephen Saito
Vampires turn some people on. Others, I’m sure, are repelled at the idea of an immortal creature sucking their blood right out of them like a fine wine (or delicious milkshake: pick your poison). But for women as victims in vampire films, the horror and temptation of a vampire’s kiss stroll hand in tenuous hand, tentatively smiling at each other in a relatively clichéd (but yet oh-so-watch-able) way.
Let’s examine the typical vampire film scenario, taken straight out of Bram Stoker’s Dracula—Nosferatu (1922), which changed the name after the rights to Stoker’s book could not be obtained, the classic Bela Lugosi version (Dracula, 1931), and even Coppola’s try in 1992 (Dracula). Putting aside the roots of the infamous Count from a 15th century impaler by the name of Vlad and the Victorian sexual repressions that combined to create a story still being told (and retold) over a century later, »
Every week, Film School Rejects presents a film that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922) There is something obviously other-worldly about Nosferatu, specifically about Max Schreck's portrayal of Count Graf Orlok, but »
- Cole Abaius
New York City’s IFC Center is getting into the seasonal spirit with a series of classic fright-flick screenings starting next week. Most notably, the art-house theater will show a new 35mm print of Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu Wednesday-Tuesday, October 29-November 4. The acclaimed director’s 1979 remake of the F.W. Murnau classic stars frequent Herzog collaborator Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula and Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker.
In addition, as part of its Waverly Midnights series, the IFC Center will present a retrospective of ’80s fright films every weekend at the witching hour through the end of the year. The series begins this weekend, and the full lineup is:
• Nov. 7-8: Landis’ An American Werewolf In London
• Nov. »
9 items from 2008
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