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To celebrate the release of the gruesomely brilliant Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (check out our review here) on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve taken a look at the all-time top 5 movie vampire hunters.
1. Abraham Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter)
An absolutely killer performance from up-and-coming star, Benjamin Walker, (Flags of Our Fathers) as the 16th President of the United States puts Abraham Lincoln firmly at the top of our list. Spurred on by his desire to avenge the gruesome death of his mother, this white-knuckle adventure follows Lincoln as he risks his presidency, his family and his life to protect America from an uprising of blood-thirsty vampires.
Paying homage to all the classic monster stories, including Bram Stoker »
This story first appeared in the Oct. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Jan. 17, 1980, issue of The Hollywood Reporter was full of ads promoting that year's Oscar hopefuls -- everything from eventual winners like Kramer vs. Kramer to crazy long shots like George Hamilton courting consideration as best actor for his campy turn in the vampire comedy Love at First Bite. Amid all the hoopla, it was probably easy to overlook one relatively unassuming, full-page, black-and-white display ad announcing a new movie called Argo, described only as "A Cosmic Conflagration … commencing principal photography,
- Bill Higgins, Borys Kit
This column contains possible spoilers from the new Tim Burton film "Dark Shadows." The first science-fiction-related parody I recall experiencing was "Superduperman" by Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood in the fourth issue of Mad. I.ve read or watched many others over the years, including "Quark," the Adam West "Batman" series, "Love at First Bite," "Young Frankenstein," "Galaxy Quest" and Seth Rogen.s "The Green Hornet." Evidently I belong to the target audience for this type of material, and I proved it again last weekend by catching Tim Burton.s send-up of "Dark Shadows." Parts of Burton.s movie are hilarious and parts fall flat, and that got me thinking about what works in this kind of story and what doesn.t. As usual, this is a topic I can.t discuss without tossing in some spoilers. »
The trailer for Tim Burton's big-screen version of Dark Shadows has hit the web, and it's raising some hackles among true believers (like myself). What we all hoped would be an atmospheric chiller looks to be a madcap comedy, and not a funny one.
As a long-time fan of the original Dark Shadows, I've been following this project pretty closely. When Johnny Depp persuaded Burton to come aboard as director, I was excited. Burton was a monster kid and dedicated Dark Shadows fan with the chops and temperament to do justice to one of my childhood favorites.
When Burton filled his cast with names such as Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earl Haley, Chloë Moretz and Christopher Lee, I was even more excited. These are great actors who consistently do good work.
When Burton chose John August to write the script, I was even more even more excited. When »
I think it’s fair to say that there is a little bit of fear in the air surrounding Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows. This fear does not stem from the ghastly sight of vampire Barnabus Collins; though that debate does rage on regarding the art department’s choice of make-up design. However this fear does come from the fact that Not One single teaser trailer or clip has been released as of yet from the film which is set to come out on May 11. This is almost somewhat unheard of in Hollywood. Months are typically devoted to marketing a film to raise the hype meter and to gather a fanbase who is familiar with the story, characters, and look of a film. Given the absence of footage from what is clearly an anticipated film for our readers and Tim Burton fans around the world, it brings me some »
- Michael Haffner
5 items from 2012
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