Handbook of the Vampire: Bloodsuckers from Beyond: Cold War Era Space Vampires of the Cinema
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Written for Handbook of the Vampire by Matthew Jones the Chapter Page can be found here. This chapter of the Handbook looked into science fiction vampires that were contemporaries to, and analogous of, the Cold War, with a view to opening a discourse on, what Jones terms, “the elusive extraterrestrial film vampire”. With that in mind, though the Thing from Another World is mentioned in passing amongst other, famous, monster features, it is not studied within the essay as a vampire film with an extraterrestrial origin to its creature. Given that it was released early into the Cold War its ab ..read more
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Short Film: Morbius Fan Film
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Coming in at just under 4-minutes this is a fan film from 2020, which was directed by Blake Ridder and Alperen Emirzeoglu. The premise is simple, just offering the keynotes version of Morbius (Louis James) changing into the Living Vampire and then a surprise Marvel character appearance at the end, which I will spoil as the YouTube page this is on calls the short Wolverine VS Morbius, with Wolverine also played by Louis James. Bat DNA So, it is voice-over for the basic background about Morbius and concern from sweetheart Martine (Lauren Staerck) before she leaves the lab area, sw ..read more
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Death Rider in the House of Vampires – review
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Director: Glenn Danzig Release date: 2021 Contains spoilers There was always going to be a shadow of doubt over this film after Danzig’s feature directorial debut with Verotika which, whilst not as bad as made out through some reviews, was still a fairly poor film. Stood against that was the thought that this Western vampire film had some interesting stars appearing in it. Unfortunately, it did fall under said shadow, with some mistakes that are probably down to Danzig’s inexperience in the feature film industry. opening scenes The film itself reminded me, to a degree, of ..read more
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Protégé Moi – review
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Director: Robbie Lopez Release date:2023 Contains spoilers It is a bad sign when I have to rewatch a film, that I had been watching for review, because I fell asleep first watch. I mean, I am a man of a certain age but most vampire films, no matter how poor, keep my attention locked and my eyes open. I think, as we'll see, the issue with this film was the lack of cohesive narrative. opening After a production credit that borrows the Marvel production music we get a negative silhouette animation telling the story of Ambrigio who goes to Delphi, consults the Oracle, falls in love ..read more
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#DRCL midnight children, Vol. 2 – review
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Art and story: Shin'ichi Sakamoto First published: 2024 (UK) Contains spoilers The Blurb: In this beautiful, evocative, and often surreal retelling of Dracula, a fearsome enemy comes from the east, bringing with it horrors the likes of which have never been seen in the British Empire. Standing opposed are Wilhelmina “Mina” Murray and her stalwart companions, united in a cabal that eclipses gender, nationality, and station until they can achieve victory. The lines between reality and fiction blur as Count Dracula’s influence grows within the halls of Whitby School. The arrival of the ecce ..read more
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Blood Renegade – review
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Author: E.H. Drake Release date: 2024 Contains spoilers The Blurb: How does one deal with life after death when death doesn’t seem any different… except the need for blood? As Gabe struggles with his new reality, Lily avoids all her responsibilities to him. But soon, their newest investigation makes confrontation inevitable. They are forced to run from human authorities and the vampire Court, all to protect a new comrade. Can the two resolve their differences and come together for the common good? The review: This is the sequel to Blood Herring and the second of the trilogy. We meet Lily ..read more
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Vampire Femmes – review
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Director: Tim Sullivan Release date: 1999 Contains spoilers A shot on video flick from the late nineties, this is ghosting around on VHS (and had a DVD release at one point) and it is really from the low budget stables. It looks dreadful nowadays but there is a suggestion that the lighting was interesting once-upon-a-time, at the very least, and it has some interesting plot aspects. It starts with headlights and a sign that suggests an open house viewing but only at night. The car comes to a halt and Frank (Richard Marks, The Malibu Beach Vampires) gets out of the car and knocks at the d ..read more
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Piranha Women – review
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Director: Fred Olen Ray Release date: 2022 Contains spoilers This one was suggested by my friend Leila but I did already have it on my Tubi watch list. In fairness I can see a fair argument to suggest this is not Vamp. We get flesh eating, but not particularly blood/fluid/essence eating and the transformation might be likened as much to a fish-like lycanthrope as a vampire. But I have decided to accept it, for no other reason that it contains vampiric breasts. Also the director is Fred Olen Ray, who is a stalwart of both low budget horror generally and vampire films specifically and so I ..read more
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Short Film: Junji Ito Collection: Rumors
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From the Junji Ito Collection comes this short anime recreation of the manga Rumors This episode first aired in 2018 and, as I mentioned in the look at the manga, the majority of the story follows Soichi making up rumours about himself and spreading them around school. Part of this involves him pinning up a lipstick advert in the schoolroom that features Miss Fuchi, the unheimlich or even monstrous model who made her first appearance in the manga Fashion Model. The impact on the schoolkids is immediate and creates fertile ground for Soichi to spread rumours that she is in town and terrorisi ..read more
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Use of Tropes: Ghostkeeper
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2w ago
Now the wendigo (or windigo, in this) is an odd one in that it originates from Native American myth and thus is not the standard, undead, vampire. It is, however, cannibalistic and whilst sometimes drawn as an antlered spirit is also sometimes drawn as a person. It is safe to say it has crossover into the vampire myth/archetypes, especially when drawn by filmmakers, and is worth looking at on a case-by-case basis. When it comes to this 1981 Canadian film, directed by Jim Makichuk it is more difficult as the film is more a slasher than anything else and we see little of the windigo (John Mac ..read more
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