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Vampira: The Movie (2006)

The new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE chronicles the life of Maila Nurmi, the first horror host. In 1954 her big break came when she played the "glamour ghoul" ... See full synopsis »
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The new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE chronicles the life of Maila Nurmi, the first horror host. In 1954 her big break came when she played the "glamour ghoul" Vampira, who weekly wandered through a hallway of mist and cobwebs to greet her weekly viewers of obscure horror movies on a new medium called television. Her newfound fame led her to pal around with some of Hollywood's elite: Marlon Brando, James Dean and Anthony Perkins. But Vampira's show was abruptly cancelled. Two years later, in 1956, Nurmi appeared as Vampira again in the 1956 low-budget horror / sci-fi film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, directed by Edward D Wood Jr. (dubbed the worst film of all time). But you can't keep a good vampire down and Nurmi's character rose from the dead again in 1993's Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The movie renewed interest in her and she has achieved a Bettie Page-like cult status ever since.

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Written by Smokey Miles (as Count Smokula)
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Groundbreaking Documentary
16 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was blown away by the substance of this documentary of extremely rare and vanishing information on Maila Nurmi a.k.a. Vampira. One thing you would never expect--and the disk is worth it for this alone--is the many sage lessons in life that Maila shares. The sequences come together in a tight weave of insights from those who knew her before her fame, and tributes from her horror host "descendants," almost none of whom have ever been coaxed to talk before. But the main star, as it should be, is Maila herself, breaking new ground in dramatic fresh interviews, and never-told stories.

Just like when any cult hero gets honored, we can only be amazed by how many stalkers and frauds with an ax to grind come out of the woodwork to say they should been the ones interviewed instead of the more relevant people and Vampira confidants chosen to be in the film. But that's just an interesting back story that surfaced. What I notice is that the documentary doesn't try to be the be-all and end-all encyclopedia on the subject. I'm thankful for that because it doesn't get caught up in the repetition of things seen elsewhere that an all-encompassing tome would bring. While there is a sliver of necessary overlap, the truth is the film is packed with anecdotes and analysis that obviously doesn't exist anywhere else. The documentary is also worth it for the extras alone, mostly Count Smokula's hilarious tribute song "Vampira." The packaging of the disk itself adds to the mystique, perfectly capturing her life and times, and helping to make it a must-own collector's treasure.


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