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Underworld: Awakening

The going trend for movie series is that by the fourth film is that it’s not a matter of more story telling to be had but just more money for Hollywood to make.  The stories tend to dwell off original course or tend to re-tell what has been told in a slightly different way.  Well…with the fourth installment in the Underworld series, Underworld: Awakening is the dwell off original course type.  Don’t get me wrong the premise of vampires versus werewolves is still the main focus but the element of human involvement takes a step forward here.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Fright Night

Tom Holland’s original Fright Night from 1985 is a movie that I’ve always loved and, as confirmed by a recent DVD viewing, still very much do. It manages to be both fun (and more than a little campy) at the same time it presents itself as a credible, even frightening horror film. It has, even to this day, some of the best vampire (and vampire-death) affects I’ve seen in movies (achieved, not for nothing, using “simple” makeup, costumes, prosthetics, puppets, and lots of stage blood – take that, billion-dollar CGI houses!). Of course, I had the knee-jerk negative reaction to news of a remake, but the casting announcements (David Tennant! Colin Farrell! Toni Collette!) were very interesting and not only gave me hope that it could be good, but as the release date neared actually got me quite excited to see it. And after last weekend’s viewing, I can finally and wholeheartedly confirm that it wasn’t completely awful.

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Fright Night (Devil’s Advocate Review)

“I may not be drunk enough for this” – Peter Vincent

Fright Night, a remake of the 80’s horror film of the same name, aspires to be a blend of Rear Window and Dracula. But the best parts of this movie are used sparingly, giving us far less Rear Window, and more tween drama.

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Fright Night

Tom Holland’s original Fright Night from 1985 is a movie that I’ve always loved and, as confirmed by a recent DVD viewing, still very much do. It manages to be both fun (and more than a little campy) at the same time it presents itself as a credible, even frightening horror film. It has, even to this day, some of the best vampire (and vampire-death) affects I’ve seen in movies (achieved, not for nothing, using “simple” makeup, costumes, prosthetics, puppets, and lots of stage blood – take that, billion-dollar CGI houses!). Of course, I had the knee-jerk negative reaction to news of a remake, but the casting announcements (David Tennant! Colin Farrell! Toni Collette!) were very interesting and not only gave me hope that it could be good, but as the release date neared actually got me quite excited to see it. And after last weekend’s viewing, I can finally and wholeheartedly confirm that it wasn’t completely awful.

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Director Spotlight: Vampires

The best thing about October for a DA, is reviewing Halloween-type movies. October is my favorite month because I can watch all the halloween movies I love. And for those who don’t know me, I love vampires. I’ve seen hundreds of vampire movies, even the bad ones. To many vampire enthusiasts, vampires represent eternal life, and in some movies, an often lonely eternal life. More recently, we have seen Vampires become more sexual with franchises such as Twilight and True Blood. So, for the final week of October, I thought John Carpenter’s Vampires would be appropriate.  Vampires shows the more savage life of vampires and vampire hunters. In Vampires, we notice that vampires have black blood, which is different than other vampire movies.  Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: John Carpenter

It’s October which means the leaves change colors, kids beg for candy, and we celebrate Christopher Columbus successfully enslaving the indigenous people of this country.

If you think that’s scary, check out our John Carpenter spotlight for his classics: Halloween, The Thing, Into The Mouth of Madness, and Vampires.

Follow along and leave us feedback with your thoughts on the films as we give our thoughts weekly.  That is unless you’re too scared.

Daybreakers (200th Post)

Brief synopsis of the film goes like this: in the near future of 2019 it seems that a bat carried a mutation that transformed any person bitten to take on the characteristics of a Vampire ( no reflection, burst into flames in sunlight, craves blood, etc.) and the problem isn’t that the vast world’s population are Vampires but the fact that their human “food crops” are placing the human population to zero. Now the vampires look to their Hematology researchers to find an “alternative” food source. Ethan Hawke plays the lead researcher on the quest to “save” the Vampire species. His journey leads him to find more than an alternative but possibly a solution to end all problems. Read the rest of this entry

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

A friend mentioned that in her opinion Hollywood is destoying Vampires.  I will second that motion, while adding that it’s the entire fiction genre that has destroyed the Iconic Vampire over the last few years.  Ever since Francis Ford Coppola version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, we have seen the Vampire swift from a being of true terror to a being misunderstood by the world because of superstition.  We have seen this being, once human, struggle internally to seek that balance between supernatural being and morality.  It’s plight is an extreme version of, wait for it…Redemption. Read the rest of this entry

Underworld: Rise of The Lycans DVD (Devil’s Advocate Review)

I enjoy vampire lore quite a bit, but when it comes down to mythical beasts, werewolves rank tops with me.  So, by that rationale,  Underworld: Rise of The Lycans ought to be the most appealing of the three Underworld films for me.  Unfortunately, the Lycans are awfully mistreated and it does not sit well with me.

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Underworld: Rise of The Lycans DVD

Underworld: Rise of The Lycans is basically the origin story of the franchise, with a twist from the previous two.  Instead of seeing the story through the vampire’s point of view, we see it through the werewolves.

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