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Vampire. Envision the creature. Do you picture the classic cloaked version? Or the frilly shirt-wearing kind? Or the feral? Or god forbid the sparkly ones? Vampires come in all shapes and sizes, and with Rigor Mortis coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 8th, we decided to take a look at some of our favorites.
Ever since Bram Stoker brought us Dracula, filmmakers and storytellers have been modifying vamps and making them into all sorts of unique beasties. Some are pretty and some are really, really ugly… but they all drink blood and use humans like we use cattle.
Rigor Mortis features a very unique type of vampire, and it's always fun to see a creature that expands the legend.
So let's take a look at some of the coolest types of vampires that have come into our lives.
For starters, we'll begin with the classic vampire. And what do we mean by "classic" vampire? »
- Scott Hallam
There’s a hint of trepidation any time a new series lands on the small screen. Censorship limitations, fiscal restrictions and an abundance of writers and directors can easily serve as points of distraction for promising concepts.
Sometimes there are just too many chiefs and not enough Indians, and when you’ve got too many chiefs attempting to hold rule over a tribe with the barest of necessities, things can head south in an instant. That’s the law of the land.
Ultimately, the legitimately scintillating concepts tend to succeed, assuming the funds are there to capitalize on and the featuring network is lenient enough to truly push the envelope, if the idea in question calls for the courageous, that is.
FX’s new monster, “The Strain” (which premieres on July 13th), calls for the courageous, unquestionably. A brilliant interpretation of one of history’s most-beloved classics (more on that, »
- Matt Molgaard
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
Killer bug and insect invasion films are some of the most challenging to really nail in a memorable manner. I honestly believe that’s why so few directors and production companies will even entertain the idea of approaching the critters.
They’re typically goofy flicks, and most who would consider themselves “serious” filmmakers (whatever that is) probably wouldn’t waste a scoff at the thought of creating one. But every once in a while something special arrives and leaves its mark on our psyche.
Perhaps it’s an over-the-top exploitation piece that happens to piece the puzzle together properly. Maybe it’s a film so astonishingly complex and multi-layered that one cannot avoid the intrigue of a grand mind fuck. It doesn’t matter why bug flicks work or how bug flicks work. What matters is that when the truly innovative minds out there set out to make a film of this nature, »
- Matt Molgaard
In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have »
- Brad Brevet
MTV has released an extended trailer for the fourth season of its werewolf thriller which premieres June 23rd. This season sees the gang being targeted by a group of hunters targeting supernatural creatures.
Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of its supernatural thriller series "Hemlock Grove". All the episodes of the new season will premiere on the streaming service at once on July 11th.
HBO have released a second full-length trailer for its upcoming drama about how the Earth's population deals with the disappearance of a random 2% of the population. The new series premieres June 29th.
Starz has released a new introductory featurette for the first season of its period time travel romance drama "Outlander" which premieres August 9th. The clip boasts some new footage showcasing the scale.
Whilst the many vague teasers have probably caused some to lost interest, »
- Garth Franklin
Tyrion Lannister, Daryl Dixon, John Diggle... These are the TV characters we couldn't bear to lose...
Following the rumour that a monster-ratings show about to go into its fifth season has killed off yet another character, we at Den Of Geek thought we'd do our bit to protect our TV loved ones. It may well be dramatically expedient or a narrative necessity for a few cast-members to be sent their P45s from time to time, but there are some characters we simply can't let them take away.
To this end, we've harnessed the power of the desperate, snivelling beg. Below, our writers have chosen the vulnerable TV characters from currently-airing shows that they'd be lost without, and in unison we ask, please please don't kill them off.
So TV gods, if you're listening, hear our prayers...
Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead
Those of us who have more »
As a filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro is best known for the bottomless reserves of imagination manifested in his direction; whether he’s putting his artistic stamp on preexisting characters (a la Blade II or the Hellboy films) and niche cinematic traditions (as in Pacific Rim), or spinning his own dark, modern fairy tale with the award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth, del Toro injects his work with personal vision and creativity. Put another way, you’ll always know a del Toro film when you see one.
But there’s another side to the Mexican auteur that isn’t recognized quite as widely, and that’s his status as a mentor and producer. From The Orphanage, to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, to last year’s Mama, del Toro has long invested himself in helping upcoming filmmakers bring their own projects to life on ...
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- Andy Crump
You’d think that vampires would be averse to the summer season, but instead they’re all coming out to play. The final season of True Blood arrives on HBO in June – and in July, FX will premiere the first season of The Strain, a horror series based on the novel of the same name by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The two writers co-scripted the pilot episode of The Strain and will serve as executive producers for the rest of the season. Del Toro’s first feature film, Cronos, was a vampire movie and he later went on to direct Blade II, so it’s safe to say that he’s comfortable in the genre.
The Strain kicks off with a Boeing 777 arriving at JFK airport, completely dark with the shades pulled down and all communications offline. ...
Click to continue reading ‘The Strain’ TV Trailer: Vampires on a »
- H. Shaw-Williams
1998′s Blade movie was undoubtedly the trigger that instigated the current huge popularity being enjoyed by comic book movies as a genre – the pioneer of the modern comic book movie, so to speak. It was swiftly followed by fellow Marvel offerings X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002) and the rest is history.
Such was Blade’s success, it spawned two sequels – 2002′s Blade II and 2004′s Blade: Trinity – and a 2006 television series (Blade: The Series) that was set in the same continuity as the movies, albeit starring a different actor (Wesley Snipes was replaced by Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones).
However, it has been ten years since the last movie and the television series did pretty badly performance wise (it was cancelled after one season because of poor ratings). Sticky Fingaz certainly won’t be asked to return and, at 51 years old, Wesley Snipes’ vampire hunting days are over. So how about a Blade reboot? »
- Kev Stewart
Soul or blood-sucking creatures have been a part of folklore for thousands of years, and the modern vampire myth grasped the imagination in the early 18th century and has never really left us since.
A striking retelling of the story came in 2004, with John Ajvide Lindqvist's stunning novel Let the Right One In - later adapted into Tomas Alfredson's 2008 Swedish film and Matt Reeves's 2010 English-language remake Let Me In.
5. Edward Cullen from Twilight
"I love Twilight. I used to live in Luton and had a Cineworld ticket thing, and I'd go along to those films in a Ghostbusters top so that all the teenage girls that were sitting around »
Echo of the Mountain also scoops a top prize at the film festival in Mexico.Scroll down for full list of winners
Matias Lucchesi’s debut feature Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) scooped a top prize, the Golden Mayahuel and €14,700 ($20,000) in cash, in the Ibero-American competition of the 29th Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg), March 21-30.
The Argentinian production follows an adolescent girl’s quest to reconnect with her estranged father and was launched last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Generation Kplus Grand Prix.
Sold by Urban Distribution, it beat competition from 18 other titles to take the top prize and also received the best screenplay award and the Feisal (Latin American Film Schools) trophy.
Lead stars Paula Herzog and Paola Barrientos shared the best actress prize.
Echo of the Mountain (Eco de la Montana), a documentary directed by veteran Nicolas Echevarria, won the prize for best Mexican film, which included »
- email@example.com (Alexis Grivas)
When it comes to superhero adaptations, you'll be hard pressed to find someone with more experience in the genre than David S. Goyer, whose credits include Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade: The Series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman and the upcoming Constantine TV series. Oh, and there's also Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the 90s TV movie starring David Hasselhoff. Speaking to Comic Book Resources, Goyer has discussed comic book movie fans, and whether he pays any attention to their expectations when it comes to bringing these characters to the screen...
"You’re dealing with an incredibly vocal but incredibly tiny sort of [group]. That’s a mistake that I think a lot of sometimes networks and movie studios make is sort of listening too much to [them]. I mean, it »
- Gary Collinson
Trevor Hogg chats with Ales Kot about comics and the creation of Edward Zero...
“What is an artist?” asks Ales Kot. “If anything done sufficiently well is art, then I certainly come from a family of artists. My mother was a social worker and became an interior designer; her mother worked at the post office most of her life and her father worked as a steel worker, an army specialist, and a truck driver. My father worked as a miner, then sold steel and then built up a soccer club; his father worked on a high position in a steel factory and taught physics and mathematics while his mother worked in a store selling food most of her life. Thankfully, I was always encouraged to read and write and think on my own, at least by certain members of the family.” Kot believes, “Any merger of visuals and text is comics. »
Geez, it seems you can't turn around this week without hitting one Marvel casting announcement or another. And fresh off three new additions to "Ant-Man," the comic book studio has booked their bad guy for "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron." THR reports that Thomas Kretschmann has been cast as Wolfgang von Strucker in the movie. Wait, Thomas who? He's the guy playing Abraham Van Helsing right now on NBC's "Dracula," and he's mostly known stateside for his genre movie work in stuff like "Blade II," "Wanted" and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," while also showing his dramatic chops in stuff like "The Pianist" and "U-571." So yeah, the German actor should do just fine playing the ageless former Nazi at the head of Hydra. The actor joins franchise newbies Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and James Spader in the Joss Whedon-directed movie, with of course, all the other Avengers expected to return. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What happens when man violates the laws of God and science? For Captain Walton (Sutherland) and the crew of a weather-beaten ship stranded in the icy sea, the answer follows their rescue of a scientist close to death, frozen in fear, and insane with dire warnings. Victor Frankenstein (Newman) has a story to tell—a story as chillingly real as the tortured howls emanating from the Arctic fog and as timeless as the need to be loved.
Made for the Hallmark Channel back in 2004, this version of Frankenstein comes from director Kevin Connor who brought the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, At the Earth’s Core and The Land that Time Forgot, to the big screen in the 70s and is once again based on the classic Mary Shelley tale, only »
- Phil Wheat
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