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Bite me Vampire Movies
Below is a list of 10 'must get films' for vampire enthusiasts
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Interview With The Vampire (1994)
This Warner Bros production of Anne Rice's best-selling vampire chronicle was absolutely beautiful to watch on the large screen. But it was not without its problems prior to screening. After publicly slating the casting choice of Tom Cruise as Lestat, Anne Rice withdrew her comments after Neil Jordan, the director, sent her a preview tape of the film.
She bought a full-page advert in an American newspaper, expressing her delight at the film's script, cinematography, the direction and the acting. Cruise WAS Lestat, down to the last detail. He lost weight, researched his role for six months reading all of Anne Rice's books which featured his character. He grew and dyed his trademark dark crew-cut to transform into the golden-haired vampire Lestat. Brad Pitt was a beautiful, mournful Louis, and 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst dazzled as the child vampire, Claudia.
Each scene drifted into the next, as told to a modern day reporter by Louis - a New Orleans vampire whose mortal life was cut short when he met the enigmatic vampire Lestat. His story tells how they made an orphan become a vampire child, doomed to be imprisoned in her small weak body for eternity. He tells how he watched her turn bitter and angry, and how he was forced to participate in her murderous attack on Lestat. He remorsefully recounts their search for vampires in the old world and how they eventually met their own kind in Paris.
Only a few chapters from the book were omitted and the ending was changed to encourage a sequel, but all in all the result was stunning, leaving the viewer emotionally charged and entranced. The film 'Interview With The Vampire' introduced many new readers to the world of Anne Rice and hopefully, the follow-up 'The Queen of the Damned' will do the same.
2
Dance of the Vampires
The most beautiful horror film ever made, Roman Polanski's understated Hammer pastiche is haunting, lavish and screamingly funny in equal measures. As well as being at the top of his directorial form, Polanski delivers his best screen performance, ably supported by Ferdy Mayne and the tragic Sharon Tate and the music is audio poetry.
3
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The film which introduced a new generation to vampire films by virtue of it's spin off series remains sharp, funny and polished, if not as achingly hip as the television version. Kristy Swanson essays Buffy with just the right mixture of spunk, style and sex appeal, and Donald Sutherland is great as her Watcher.
4
Horror Of Dracula (1958)
The ultimate vampire movie: Christopher Lee's definitive Dracula stalks a dark, menacing Transylvania doggedly pursued by Peter Cushing's immaculate Van Helsing. A little slow in places, but the film still packs more of a punch than any subsequent effort and the climax remains breathtaking more than 40 years on.
5
Dracula (1979)
Frank Langella swishes a very stylish cape as the disco Dracula, effectively presenting the count as a matinee idol for the first time. Unfortunately, the quality of the opposition lets the film down and allies the audience with the funky Count, which isn't really the idea. But Langella's charisma, some stunning photography, a magnificent performance from Kate Nelligan and a super John Williams score make this an underrated gem.
6
The Monster Squad
Nobody who liked monsters as a kid can fail to fall in love with this film. A very suave Dracula resurrects Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy and the Gillman in a small American town in order to find a secret amulet. Only a motley crew of teenage horror buffs can stop them, and they do so in impressive style.
7
Lair of the White Worm
An absolute load of rubbish, but the campest 90 minutes of celluloid you'll ever see, this film has it all: monsters, mansions, vampire policeman, a rock song, Hugh Grant and Amanda Donohoe naked. No matter how many flaws a film has, Amanda Donohoe without clothes compensates and this film is very well compensated indeed.
8
The Lost Boys
Noisy, sometimes quite grown up teen-vamp film, which just has the edge on Vamp and My Best Friend is a Vampire by virtue of a bigger budget and a slicker narrative. Not the comedy you might think, this was undoubtedly the most influential vampire film of the eighties. Despite this, the long mooted sequel has not been forthcoming.
9
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Much better now than when it was released, Francis Coppola's take on the Stoker book is gaudy, vibrant and stylish, and features great performances from Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder. If you can overlook Gary Oldman's interpretation of the Count as a curiously asexual hippy, you'll have a lot of fun with this one.
10
Vampyres
The ultimate erotic horror film, Jose Laraz's delicious cocktail of gratuitous lesbianism and overt bloodletting still impresses with it's effective simplicity. Crude in places, its raw power remains undiluted and Anulka looks good enough to eat.
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Bite me Vampire Books
Below is a list of 10 'must gets books' for vampire enthusiasts
1
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The original dangerous stranger and the band of good honest men who get in his way. Repressed sexuality by the carriage-load. If you haven't read this yet, complete your education now!
2
I am Legend by Richard Mathison
Absolute classic. Paranoid, claustrophobic story. The tale of one man's attempt to survive against hordes of the undead, fighting to retain his humanity. Final chapters shock and thrill when our hero makes a startling discovery.
3
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
Funny, modern, slick Mortal/Vampire love story. Set in San Francisco present day. Many a true word spoken in jest in this hysterical account of one woman's quest to survive being given the 'dark gift' and the boy who loves her just the way she is... Ahhh.
4
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
First in the series of intricate tales - the Vampire Chronicles. Introduces us to the characters made famous in the film of the same name. Absolute cracker of a novel.
5
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Further adventures of the lovable rogue.
6
Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Origin of the Species for Anne Rice's fang gang. Fills in the back story then turns all of your perceptions on their heads. If you have come to love the Family Rice, then this will be right up your street.
7
Sisters of the Night edited by Barbara Hambley and Martin H. Greenberg
Slivers of pure gold in this anthology. Best short story by far is 'The Bloodbeast'- a Viking tale, rich with authentic flavour, adding a whole new dimension to the genre. Not all vampires wear a tux.
8
The Vampyre Encyclopedia by Gordon Melton
An absolute invaluable reference guide to vampires. Meticulously researched and well organized. Includes a 55-page filmography; vampires in plays, opera, and ballet; a 13-page list of vampire novels; and an extensive index. The A to Z entries. Phew!.
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The Compleat Vampyre - The Vampyre Shaman by Nigel Jackson
Religion, myth, magic, legend and fact all come together in his handy reference guide to the many different species of vampire around the world.
10
Dracula: Prince of Many Faces: His Life and Times
The ultimate erotic horror film, Jose Laraz's delicious cocktail of gratuitous lesbianism and overt bloodletting still impresses with it's effective simplicity. Crude in places, its raw power remains undiluted and Anulka looks good enough to eat.
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