Welcome to the first day of our Bloody V-Day Hop. Valentine’s Day isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, for most of us, it brings back bitter memories of lost love and disappointment. In celebration of this horrific holiday, we bring you the only things that are more gruesome; vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghosts. Enjoy following along with the participating blogs ———> HERE <———-
First, I feel like I should start off by saying that I can’t possibly mention all of the various forms of Dracula; there are simply too many. I’m sure I have forgotten your favorite, or some major cult classic. Please feel free to lecture me on the error of my ways down below in the comments section. I would love to hear what your favorites are!
Where else to start but the Classic Dracula?! Bloodthirsty, dangerous, pointy teeth. If you haven’t seen one of the original movies, you need to go back to the roots.
Nosferatu (1922) – This silent classic was originally in German under the title Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, but amazingly enough, dubbing isn’t required to change it over to English. 😉 This is a must see for all beginner vampire fans.
Dracula (1931) – Bella Lugosi became the quintessential Dracula with this performance. To this day, his spotlight gaze strikes terror into the hearts of… toddlers…
Dracula (1992) – Gary Oldman plays Dracula, and unsurprisingly manages to overshadow his lesser cast mates (Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves). On the plus side, Anthony Hopkins plays Van Helsing, and Tom Waits plays Renfield!
Interview with the Vampire – I was really torn on how to categorize this one. It has the historical gothic feel to it, so this is where I’m going to stick it. Who would have guessed that Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise could make good vampires?! Antonio Banderas? Yes please! *wipes drool* The first movie was fairly well done, but let’s not talk about the sequels. *barf*
Dracula (1897) – Bram Stoker’s novel is still a much loved classic tale. It has withstood the test of time, and has made it through the technological revolution to stand strong as THE vampire book. When I was a pre-teen, my aunt sat me down and insisted that this be the first vampire book I read. I listened to her advice and pass it on to others. You can NOT claim to be a vamp fan, never having touched this classic literature. Not allowed.
Tale of the Vampire Bride by Rhiannon Frater – So this isn’t technically a classic… yet. Frater writes in the gothic horror style, and resurrects a story of Dracula’s wife, Glynnis.
There are only so many ways the classic vampire movies can be redone before the premise gets “boring” and “overused”. In other words, they stop making money. Hollywood began to come out with the second generation of vampire, taking it to a whole new level, and renewing the money-making industry. There was a whole lot of garbage that came out of this fad, but there were a few gems that are worth mentioning.
Lost Boys (1987) – I was 7 when this movie came out. I knew it was going to scare the pants off me, but Corey Haim was in it! How can I possibly not watch this?! I don’t think I slept for a week, and a part of me never forgave Corey for betraying my trust.
Blade (1998) – Blade was so badass! Black leather, motorcycle, cool gadgets and excessive weaponry. He was among the first vampires with a soul, following a moral compass. He combined our love of darkness and evil, with the inherent need to cheer for the hero.
Underworld (2003) – This one was all about Kate Beckinsale. GAH! I want to be her! I know there are sequels, and I know I watched them, but I can’t for the life of me remember what they were about…
Buffy – Movie or TV show. Doesn’t matter. They were both completely corny, and I utterly love them. I often watch all seven seasons of Buffy, back to back. It’s a long binge. I tried to watch the spin off Angel series, but I can’t seem to get past that last season.
True Blood – While this is a fairly new show, it really has taken vampires to a whole new place. Vampires have never been so sexy, and I mean that in the most carnal way possible. Gone are the days of implied feeding. Special effects and makeup have finally caught up, and the desensitized minds of the public are ready! Bring on the blood and full nudity!
Honorable mention goes to TVs The Vampire Diaries. An overall entertaining cast, with a good dose of evil to compensate for the good.
Vampire Academy – I have only read the first two, so I can’t really speak on the full series. They were fun, and I will one day read the next one. I’m just slow like that. I won’t even comment on the movie coming out, since I thought the trailer looked a bit like a parody, rather than a serious attempt at making a good film.
Sookie Stackhouse – The books are SO MUCH BETTER than the TV show. But… the series could have stopped after book 8 or so. Enough is enough. It’s not nearly as gory as the show, but much sexier, heavier on the romance. It will appeal to a whole different audience.
I Am Legend – This is a super fast read. It was interesting, but really didn’t live up to the hype in my eyes. One man trying to survive in a dead world. It’s been done before, and I saw the twist coming from a mile away.
Interview with the Vampire – The first book was mostly historical, but from that point on, the series began to take on a more modern feel. Lestat even becomes a rock star! The first few books are required, in my opinion, but I have yet to meet someone who has kept up with the series completely. Have you?
For every horror movie, there are twice as many “fluffy” flicks. Vampires have taken a wrong turn somewhere down the road, and have, in some cases, become good natured and even *gasp* cuddly! Whether it’s being infused with a soul, or just their own strong will overcoming the need to feed, these fanged monsters are not so much terrifying, as they are good for a laugh.
MUST SEE (or not…):
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) – Riding on the coattails of the ’92 success of Oldman’s Dracula, came Leslie Nielsen! Hardly a classic must-see, but it couldn’t escape the mention. A fun spoof, but sooooo bad.
Dark Shadows – Over a year since I watched it, and I’m still on the fence with how I feel about it. I was enjoying it up until a certain point, and then something went wrong and it was all kinda of cheeezzz. This is probably the only Johnny Depp movie that I wasn’t in love with. Bad role choice?
Twilight – This is a love or hate choice. The “Twi-hards” will defend it to their graves, while others are forcing down bile at the mere mention. I am not a fan. Lets leave it at that.
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore – While I haven’t read this one yet, I wanted to add it to the list since I love Christopher Moore. His writing is sarcastic and witty, and I know it will be right up my alley.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Yes, I know this was already in the movie list. And yes, I know I said I didn’t like it. I will, however, admit that I actually enjoyed the books. Please don’t hold it against me! In my defence, I read it before they were popular. You have to read this so you at least know what everyone is talking about.
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