Saturday, September 29, 2012

Vampire Saturday Sept 29th

Dudes, I just spent the last hour and a half watching a kid's movie.  Not the one I thought I'd get to see this weekend either.

My movie de jour today  (Day 278)  on the one movie a day blog was    The Vampire Dog  

That's seriously  a sentence I never thought I would ever say or write. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sept 25th 2012 Random vamp stuff

Hey my Spudguns! 

I just wanted to run in here and say hey... hey!

I have been putting some energy into this blog as of late, to bring it back from the dead... it's alive!... well, it's Un-dead...  anyways, because I have been doing my damnedest to balance out my blogs.  I have a few, and if you're a loyal Spudgun, then you know it's hard to keep up with it all.  And if you're a loyal Spudgun, then I LOVE YOU!!!! ... except the zombie in the back of the room who is spewing zombie goo all over my crypt. I don't love you, you're making too much of a mess.  And who let the werewolf in here? Dude, I just had the carpets shampooed.

Yes I'm in a good mood and part of that is the fact that there are some new vampire films being released in the next few weeks.

The movie Hotel Transylvania is being released this coming weekend.  A 3D cartoon done in the style of classic monsters.  I may have to rent a hearse for this one. 

Tim Burton's Dark Shadows  is getting a DVD release next week on the 2nd of October.  

While, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is getting it's DVD release on the 23rd of October.

And of course,  the final installment of the Twilight Saga- Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Twilight #5) is going to be in cinema on November 16th. 

Hope everyone is having a groovy week.  

all dates are Canadian and American release dates.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Vampire as Metaphor

Agent 807, Oz will lend you some study notes use them wisely.

Sunnydale High October 1999 2000 2001
Everything can be found in the image of the vampire. From love to lust to feeling like a leftover slice of bacon.  {remembers the time the group of students ate the school mascot then the principal }

 Connecting the movies Interview with a Vampire, Twilight New Moon, and Insatiable; what metaphor is the most obvious?

The metaphor would be food.  see the essay from March 20 2012 I did for film study class
The idea that most vampire stories are ethical ideas of having a meat diet vs having a vegetarian diet are explored in the stories of Interview with a Vampire, Twilight New Moon and Insatiable. But are not excluded to other vampire stories. 
More times then not, the lead vampire is in some way trying to control the desire to have human blood (meat diet) and makes it a point to only have animal blood (aka a vegetarian diet)

The next obvious metaphor would actually be addiction. Once again, Interview with the Vampire would be the best choice to look at.  Louis struggles through out most of the Chronicles with the desire to have human blood. He usually manages to keep his hunger at bay with dogs, chickens etc.  When he does at one point take a human life, he compares it to loosing what was left of his humanity.
He's lost control of his addiction, the same way someone who's in rehab might loose control, ending their sobriety.

A good outline Agent 807, but you need to expand on the topics.  Your grade is a C+

Quote of the Day- Sept 22nd 2012

Once again, I did a quote of the day over on my one movie a day blog - the quote there was from Julie/Julia and not suitable for here... but for this blog,  I decided to go with ....
The Little Vampire (2000)

Rudiger - "You're not a brother"

Tony- " Well, I'm not a sister"

When the character of Rudiger first sees Tony from his bedroom widow, and Tony is dressed up as a vampire with ketchup and paper fangs.

(you might have noticed that I'm doing my best to have the quote of the day on the same day for both blogs.  One of these days, I might even do the same quote on the same day for both)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Birthday...


The actress who plays the iconic character has a birthday this week.  (Sept 17th)

An original scream queen,  who everyone loves and can identify with.

"I can take it, I can shake it, I can cook it, I can bake it if I don't have the recipe I'll fake it"  - quote from the final dance scene in the movie Elvira Mistress of the Dark

Happy Birthday Cassandra Peterson


Friday, September 14, 2012

Sept 14th 2012

Just a note... again, I'm on a roll... to say that I just posted over on my one movie a day blog about the movie The Moth Diaries. (Day 264)

This film is based on a book, which is based on another book - the classic novel  Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.

I have not read The Moth Diaries, but I have read Carmilla, and this (the movie version)  is one of the better remakes of that story.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sept 13th 2012

Just a little note on here to say, I just posted on my one movie a day blog... the movie de jour was Snow White and the Huntsman
(Day 263)

And if you haven't seen the movie, you might be asking why it's relevant for this blog.  Well, because the evil queen in this version is a vampire.

Based loosely on the Countess Bathory.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Quote of the Day

As today was a day I did a quote over on my all year movie blog, I thought I'd add one here too.
Over there, it's a quote from the Goonies.  But that just won't fit here, so instead, going with one from Buffy the Vampire Slayer  original movie (1992)

Amilyn- "We're immortal Buffy, we can do anything"

Buffy- " Oh yeah? Then clap"

Kristy Swanson (as Buffy)  to  Paul Reubens (Amilyn - who's missing an arm) while they're in the school basement at the prom.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thoughts on the ....

Okay, so I got to see the first episode of the show.
As in Episode 1 Season 1.

I know, I mentioned that even though this show has been on air for the last few years, this is the first it's been available in my area.   Now, I wasn't going into this completely blind, as I've read the original books ... 20 years ago.

My first thought while watching this was, I could have sworn the lead female character was suppose to be this mega blonde. As in near albino blonde.  But, it has been 20 years since I've read the books and my memory is not what it should be.

I've also seen trailers and commercials for this over the last couple of years, so the reveal of the two brothers wasn't much of a shock either.
Sort of takes away from the whole point when you look at it from that point of view.

So far, episode one was good.  I think it laid down the ground work for the feuds well.  Honestly though, it could have had at lest one more fang-filled scene.  But, for a one hour episode, it managed to get the baseline of the story told in a clear and understandable way without coming off as egotistic.

If by chance, you're like me and haven't seen the show before, it's about two vampire brothers who are fighting over the same girl.  One will stop at nothing to get the upper hand, while the other just wants to be able to live in peace.

I actually talked about the original books on another blog about 3 years ago.  Comparing the story plot to a few other vampire movies/books with the same theme.
I believe, the theme is used so often because it's a theme that defies generations and fads.  It's something that happens all too often.

I can see why this show has gained the following it has. Which, had you asked me a few years ago I might not have.