Sitges Review: Stake Land

  At one point in fabulously envisioned Stake Land, the loner-hero takes a brief snatch of down time from kicking up road dust and vampire killing to relax on an outdoor recliner chaise. It is the moment that you realize that the film has far more in common with a classic American Western than the current craze of Vampire movies. But this is only one of...

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Thoughts on the LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Remake

You go on vacation and it is a relatively slow movie and news week, but my interest perked up upon glancing at the two released stills from Matt “Cloverfield” Reeves’ english language remake of Let The Right One in. First off, if you average out the Row Three contributors’ picks on 2008 films, Låt den rätte komma in was probably the most...

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Vampire Double Bill: “Thirst; Vampyr”

Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009) With New Moon madness now upon us here in North America, I thought the best way to put an end to my recent hiatus would be a fresh attack against the Stephenie Meyer-penned, dreamy teen boyhunk vampires ‘n’ werewolves phenomenon, hitting it with a double-shot of alternatives for the jaded, sick and tired vampire fans of...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: Vampyr (1932)

They say never judge a [DVD] by its cover. Well, with Criterion’s recent release of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s (Passion of Joan of Arc) Vampyr (IMDb), I just couldn’t help myself. As a big fan of Murnau’s Nosferatu, just looking at images from Dreyer’s film, I couldn’t help but be captivated and intrigued. Criterion seemed to...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Unlike Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, the majority of vampire films (at least those that achieved any level of notoriety) have been presented solely from mankind’s perspective. F.W. Murnau’s 1922 horror classic, Nosferatu, wasn’t so much the story of the evil Count Orlok as it was that of Hutter and his long-suffering wife,...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: 1st Bite

Oh, how to resist writing a review on Hunt Hoe‘s unusual, often frustrating, but just as often satisfying cultural-cuisine-genre fusion without resorting to facile food metaphors or puns? Maybe I should indulge. 1st Bite (opening on one lonely screen in the Greater Toronto suburbs after a two year run on festival circuit) often does, throwing everything...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

In the early 1920’s, director F.W. Murnau set out to make a movie based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. The resulting film, titled Nosferatu and starring Max Schreck as the vampire, remains to this day a masterwork of horror. Shadow of the Vampire, released in 2000, is a fictional account of the making of Nosferatu, with one small modification. This...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: Horror of Dracula (1958)

Produced in England in 1958, Horror of Dracula was Hammer Studio’s take on the legend of the world’s most famous bloodsucker. Interestingly enough, the film’s title was changed upon its import into the United States, having been released simply as Dracula in its native country. The reasoning behind this change was that the distributors didn’t want there to be...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: Nosferatu (1922)

In 1922, F.W. Murnau directed his gothic masterpiece, Nosferatu, the first ever feature-length version of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel, Dracula. Unfortunately, Murnau failed to purchase the rights to the novel before doing so, and was therefore forced to alter his story ever so slightly. He had hoped that, by changing the character’s names and moving the...

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The Vampyre Chronicles: The Hunger (1983)

Welcome to another experimental RowThree column. A bit of a free form flow of ideas and observations of vampire movies. It turns out that a lot of folks around here dig on the blood-sucking set. No, not the MPAA, but rather the movie monster/legend that has probably spawned more films than any other: Nosferatu, Vampyre, Tom Cruise. While you could make a minor...

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