Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Special: Vampires!

At night, they come out to feed. *cue terror music*

Vampires have been present in the arts since the 18th century. They have  been haunting our dreams, bringing our books to life, and gracing our screens for our entertainment. They pop in and out of pop culture, sometimes good, sometimes...twilight. It starts off when you are young of course. It comes under a friendly form offering chocolates. But then it just gets darker from there. I'll showcase a few great ways to get your Vampire dose. Now hang that garlic!

Blade Trilogy
This series was iconic. It presented a much grittier and sexually driven Vampire, capable of charming humans into dark alleys. The fight scenes are incredible and they are paired perfectly with the soundtrack. It's quite fun to watch. And Kris Kristofferson kicks major ass! It has everything that a Vampire movie should have: LOTS OF VAMPIRES. Although the third one strays a bit, the first two remain a lot more faithful to the concept of the original vampire. It's a perfect series to watch in time for Halloween! The only thing that sparkles in this movie is the guns.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Of course this had to be on the list. This show kinda re-vamp-ed the genre in the late 90's and introduced us to vicious bloodlusting vampires bent on destroying the world. And where this story gets creative is that the girl in the dark alley, yeah, she can kick that Vampire's ass! Joss Whedon created a clever concept of a single girl fighting the evil forces above a Hellmouth, a gateway granting access to all of Hell's creatures. Although it is dark and has serious social undertones, some of the characters are hilarious as hell. It's witty and charming and twisted and it's the kinda series where you feel a part of, almost like you're there with them. God, I love this show.

From Dusk Til Dawn
Oh yet another flawlessly written script by Quentin Tarantino. This slick action-western manages to hide it's vampires until the very end when all hell goes down. It has humour, it has bloods and guts, and it deffo has hot vampires. The only truly sad part about all of this is the spawned sequels. Apart from those, you are all clear to watch one awesome movie! And it has Juliette Lewis. Come on, who needs any more convincin'?

You may also enjoy the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I had the pleasure of reading Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned. What vampire tale is your favourite?

Candles are out,
Eleven's Ink

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