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New Dracula in LA

October contains Halloween, and as a result theatre-goers with a taste for the gothic can look forward to productions of Dracula.  These vary from the Balderson-Deane classic (which made Bela Lugosi famous) to such fresh takes as last year’s “feminist” version or an adaptation on roller skates or for that matter more than a few…

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New Feminist Dracula

Many and varied are the stage adaptations of Bram Stoker‘s famous novel. Most famous of course is the Balderston-Deane version that brought stardom to Bela Lugosi, Ted Miller’s Count Dracula, the Frank Wildhorn musical (perhaps most famously done in Japan with a female Count), even Orson Wells’ radio adaptation. Theatre 68 (which produces works for…

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Undead of Penny Dreadful

What follows is rife with many a SPOILER. You have been warned! Now that the finale of the first season of Penny Dreadful has aired, with more than a few surprises (as well as few plot twists many of us saw coming from miles away), let us consider the vampires in this series. Not least…

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Let’s Remake Lesbian Vampire Killers

One of the biggest recent disappointments in vampire cinema (at least for me) in recent years was the utterly unfunny Lesbian Vampire Killers (renamed simply Vampire Killers for the American DVD release). And I think the problem lies in one decision.  Okay, that isn’t quite true. Quite a few bad decisions ended up made, but…

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Zenoscope Comics Releasing an All New Vampire Series!

Awesome news for my fellow comic book junkies! Zenoscope Comics is having a huge comic book event, titled Unleased, which involves the release of multiple new horror comic series, including a vampire series titled The Eternal! Check out the details on Unleashed below. From the Zenoscope website: “Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans for a major…

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‘The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing’ Teaser Trailer Released

With gamer heaven, better known as E3, quickly approaching, news on upcoming video games is beginning to trickle in and a few indie game developers are using this time to showcase their goods in advance. Developer Neocore has just released a teaser trailer (see below) for their RPG adventure game The Incredible Adventures of Van…

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Tom Cruise to Star in Van Helsing Remake … WTF?

From vampire to vampire slayer – Tom Cruise will be playing the starring role in an upcoming Van Helsing flick. I actually wrote about this project two years ago, back when it was just a silly rumor, but now it has been officially confirmed and this movie is actually happening… seriously. Why do I find…

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Dracula 3D Begins Filming

Filming has begun on a new version of Dracula, directed by none other than the maestro of stylish gore–Dario Argento! How do we know? Well, for one thing because a star of the film tweeted as much. Asia Argento, daughter of the great director and veteran of her father’s Phantom of the Opera (among many…

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7 Most Overrated Vampire Films

Lots of “Ten Best” lists for vampire films wait for the would-be reviewer or simple researcher on the web. Almost as common are “Ten Worst” lists. Plenty of debate then follows, about which title deserves its placing and so on. But this list goes after something different. Not best or worst anything. Rather, which vampire…

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Top 10 Grossing Vampire Movies

As you may remember, a while back I wrote about the top ten vampire movies, so you may be wondering why I am making another top ten list. Well, the films compiled on that list (see it here) were the highest rated vampire movies based on thousands of votes. Since it was based on ratings…

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Play ‘Van Helsing’ and Kick Dracula’s Ass!

Every now and then I come across something that makes my inner child giggle with glee, like today, when I discovered Van Helsing, a board game from Mayfair Games. Ooh yeaah, an old school board game! Maybe not as sweet as a vampire video game, but hey, any type of game with vampires in it…

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Who Should Play Vampirella?

J. Forrest Ackermann, or “Uncle Forry,” had many claims to fame within the annals of horror. Apart from his magazine, the tours of his memento-brimmed home up until his death, his ownership of both the Dracula and Mummy rings, he also created an iconic character who wanders in the imaginations of countless fans. She of…

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