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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…