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Angels of Darkness (aka Styria)

Beginning March 1, 2015 the motion picture Styria aka Curse of Styria aka Angels of Darkness will begin airing on Showtime Cable. This most recent major film adaptation of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s gothic classic Carmilla has been in the works for several years and vampires.com has been covering it for nearly as long! We even…

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Review: The Unwanted

Until the recent Curse of Styria, it had been literally decades since a major film adaptation of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s gothic classic Carmilla. Now, yet another film version is making the rounds of film festivals. For what it is worth, I recommend both! The Unwanted may be the least literal of the two. Or not….

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Sneak Peak: Styria

We’ve covered the upcoming motion picture Styria for over a year. This marks the first major film adaptation of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla since 1989 (the Nightmare Classics version)! This week I was invited to a private screening of the current edit of the film. A few things remained unfinished. One or two scenes haven’t…

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Carmilla Adaptation STYRIA Needs Your Help

As some of you may know, I’ve been following the production of Styria for some time.  This is the first major effort to seriously adapt Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic novella Carmilla in over twenty years.  Last year I even did a three-part interview with Mark Devendorf, one of the writer/directors of the project. Now…

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STYRIA A First Look

Post production on the first major film adaptation of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla nears completion.  With that comes a new Facebook Page as well as a teaser trailer online for only 48 hours.  By the time anyone reads this, the teaser will most likely no longer be available.  So we here at Vampires.Com offer…

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Nightmare Classics “Carmilla”

As noted elsewhere at Vampires.com, at least two films based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire classic are on their way to movie theaters.  One, Styria, remains in post-production whereas The Moth Diaries is seeking a distributor. Time to take a look at the last major version of Carmilla maybe?  Why not? Nightmare Classics back…

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Interview With “Styria” Director (Part Three)

The last of my three-part interview with Mark Devendorf, one of the writer/directors of the new film “Styria” now in post-production. It is a re-telling of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” but set in 1989 Hungary. You cast British and Polish actors. Tell me about that. Its kind of strange for two Americans to make…

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Interview With “Styria” Director (Part Two)

I continue my chat with Mark Devendorf, one the writer/directors of the upcoming film “Styria” based on the vampire classic “Carmilla.” The movie finished filming in November and is now deep in post-production. The location you showed me, the castle? That looks amazing! All these places are falling apart. About five years ago you could…

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Interview With “Styria” Director (Part One)

Mark Devendorf is one of two writers/directors deep in post production of the latest adaptation of Le Fanu’s classic vampire tale “Carmilla.” His version, titled “Styria,” stars Stephen Rhea (“Interview With The Vampire” “V for Vendetta”) and Eleanor Tomlinson (“The Illusionist” “Alice in Wonderland”). He very kindly sat down to answer my questions. Most film…

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The Vampire Princess

Odds are you (like most people) have never heard of Princess Eleonore Elisabeth Amalia Magdalena von Lobkowicz. A quite important (or at least wealthy and highly placed) person in her day–the first half of the 18th century, roughly–she vanished into obscurity along with countless others who had position and power yet did little enough to…

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Ten Things You Don’t Know About Dracula

1. He never once hints that he himself is Vlad the Impaler (although there is the suggestion that maybe he is related to that figure). For that matter, the most current scholarship into the novel indicates Stoker himself hardly knew anything more about the historical Vlad Tepes (pronounced tseh-PESH) than the name. It sounded good,…

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Adaptations of Carmilla

For fans of the undead, a favorite topic of debate remains comparing the various film versions of “Dracula.” Even limiting oneself to those explicitly based upon Stoker’s novel, over a dozen versions exist from “Nosferatu” (original and remake) to both Universal versions in 1930, both adaptations that starred Christopher Lee, all three BBC Draculas, the…

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