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New DRACULA via Kickstarter!

The age of crowd-funding has arrived and with it lots more independent films!  Yours truly even used the process to fund a stage production of LeFanu’s classic Carmilla, while the producers of The Curse of Styria used one to finish post-production on their independent film.  Among them, a new kickstarter project looking to make a…

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Vampire Books Coming October 2014

October is finally here! There are a lot of great books coming out this month, check them out. Enjoy! Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (Oct 28, 2014) Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world…

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Remembering Lugosi

On this date, August 16, in the year 1956 the actor most associated with Bram Stoker‘s famous Count, died. He had a heart attack while sitting on his couch in his Los Angeles home. Perhaps inevitably, a new series of rumors about his life sprung up. One, that he was clutching a script by his…

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NBC’s Dracula What Do YOU Think?

TV Friday: Dracula remake a dark, tall and handsome treat Canada.com Jonathan Rhys Meyers makes a dark, tall and handsome prince in Dracula, the latest incarnation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of a mysterious stranger who appears from nowhere and…t…

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NBC’s Dracula What Do YOU Think?

TV Friday: Dracula remake a dark, tall and handsome treat Canada.com Jonathan Rhys Meyers makes a dark, tall and handsome prince in Dracula, the latest incarnation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of a mysterious stranger who appears from nowhere and…t…

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Biting Critique: Vampire Lore as Vehicle For Social Commentary

With the 6th season of True Blood having just concluded, and with fans eager for new episodes, it’s fascinating to reflect on the bevy of issues the show has addressed over the course of its run, including: xenophobia; subjugated groups gaining tolerance in an increasingly permissive society; humanity’s constant struggle to reconcile animalistic urges with…

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Non-Fiction Spotlight: The Romance of Dracula

The Romance of Dracula by Charles E. Butler is, in his own words, “a personal journey of the Count on celluloid.” I think that is a perfect way to describe this book, which is part film critique, part essay, and part personal reminiscence. Like Mr. Butler, I love the vampire film genre as well as…

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New Trailer for NBC’s Dracula Released! Watch Now!

I’ve got goodies from NBC’s Dracula! NBC has released two trailers for the upcoming show and the release date! NBC has announced that Dracula will premiere Friday, October 25 at 10/9c.Woo! That’s not too far off! Now for the trailers! The first is one we previously shared with you, but the second is all new!…

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Review: The Annotated Carmilla

When I was asked to review this book, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I confess that I haven’t read many annotated books, since my preference is to simply experience the story for myself and move on rather than to analyze and deconstruct. However, my other reservation came from the fact that Joseph Sheridan…

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A Vampire’s Native Soil

We all know the story about the vampire and its bond to its native soil. Right? According to the tale, a vampire can only rest in soil from the land of their origins. A vampire needs their native earth, it can’t survive without it. We all know the story, but where did it come from?…

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Vampires Should Be Evil

I encountered the Vampire tale first through the movies, staying up late Friday and Saturday nights watching Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and then Christopher Lee portray Dracula. The Count was the epitome of evil, his whole existence on this Earth one purpose, to feed and create more of his kind. Vampirism was like a plague,…

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The Latest on Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Harker’

There is a huge, blockbuster vampire film, starring A-list celebs in the works! Harker, a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, has been picked up by Warner Bros and already has both Leonardo DiCaprio AND Russell Crowe attached to the project. The film is only in the early stages and it’s already looking fan-freaking-tastic! Written by…

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Vampire Books that People Can’t Stop Talking About

Another book post, because I love me some books. Onwards! I recently discovered that Amazon lets you see the “most reviewed” books when you do a search. Of course I had to check out the most reviewed vampire books, and oddly enough, I was a bit surprised by the books that came up. People LOVE…

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Lets Remake Lair of the White Worm

Another in a series of essays about vampire films that should be remake, better. I formally give permission for anyone and everyone to use any ideas contained herein to make such a film, without credit or acknowledgment or recompense to myself. Lair of the White Worm was late film director Kenneth Russell’s deliriously over-the-top homage…

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Review of Virgin Vampires

Way back in the 1970s, Hammer films had plans (never realized) to make a fourth Karnstein film as a follow-up to Twins of Evil.  The title was to have been Vampire Virgins. When I heard of the following graphic novel, little wonder if I wondered about any possible connection! Virgin Vampires (or Once Upon a…

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Bram Stoker at 165

On this date in 1847, a young man was born in a seeming ordinary middle class family in Dublin.  He ended up famous, perhaps in the way he might have most preferred–as a novelist.  His name was Abraham but so was his father’s so maybe that is why most folks seem to have called him…

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Favorite Brides of Dracula

The vast majority of Dracula films and television shows show the Transylvanian Count either transforming or having transformed some stunning female into one of the undead.  The more faithful versions include his three brides in the castle.  In Francis Ford Coppola’s version their status became more clear.  With flimsy clothes, haunting a bedchamber with enough…

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Updating Dracula for Modern Audiences

Stephen King tells a story.  He mentioned the idea of Count Dracula in a modern setting, and his wife Tabitha said Bram Stoker’s most famous creation would be run over by a New York taxicab in minutes.  Somehow the idea seems right.  Arguably the most successful translation of the Count into the 20th century was…

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NBC orders DRACULA Series With Jonathan Rhys Meyers

This week NBC and Britain’s SkyLiving made an announcement sure to spark debate among vampire fans–a new television series based on Dracula!  Among other things, they also introduced the actor who’ll be the latest incarnation of the infamous Count.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors fame joins the likes of Bela Lugosi, Sir Christopher Lee,…

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Last Voyage Inching Forward

For a long time now, we’ve heard about a project based on Dracula but focused upon just one story element.  The film?  The Last Voyage of the Demeter, all about the doomed schooner whose unwittingly brought the Transylvanian vampire from his homeland to England.  For  time director David Slade (30 Days of Night)  was attached,…

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