Doing something a little different around here today. Some of you may remember last year when I was published in The Bride of Monster Serial, a compilation of essays on horror movies. Recently the follow-up has come out, Taste the Blood of Monster Serial, and it’s all about vampire movies, covering everything from Dracula to Blacula and more. I have three essays in it, namely being reviews of The Vampire Bat (1933), Fright Night (2011) and my rousing/strange defense of the Twilight saga.
And you can win a copy of it! Wallace has generously provided a hard copy of the book for me to give away so long as you participate in the following contest. Either leave a comment, shoot me an email, or tweet me your favorite vampire movie and why in 100 words or less. I’ll post the results here, with the most persuasive (or funniest) getting a free copy of the book.
I’ll post the entries and announce the winner a week from today, so don’t sit on your butt. Enter today!
Tom Bingham · April 22, 2015 at 3:13 am
My favorite vampire movie is “Nosferatu”, because Max Schreck’s character is so darned ugly. He’s an undead monster, and looks like it. He’s not a suave, sophisticated, romantic figure, as Dracula is so often depicted. You can really believe this horrible-looking creature sleeps in a coffin!
James Downs · April 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm
‘Shadow of the Vampire’ (2000) is a vampire film about making a (pre-code) vampire film, which plays with the possibility that the crew might just actually be filming a real vampire. Quite apart from that brilliant concept, the details of silent film production and the atmospheric eastern European settings are superbly presented. A film both playful and haunting.
Mike O'Connor · April 24, 2015 at 2:07 am
If I can’t go with the original NOSFERATU since it’s already been picked (and let’s face it, Max Schreck’s Orlock is STILL the most supernatural creature ever committed to celluloid), my back up choice would be Terence Fisher’s BRIDES OF DRACULA which features Peter Cushing at his Van Helsing-est (love the high drama of dealing with the bite) and the interesting choice of making the vampire a Wildean aesthetic dandy (he may be called Baron Meinster, but in my mind he’s Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas).
David Hollingsworth · April 26, 2015 at 10:06 am
My favorite vampire film is “Let The Right One In” from Sweden. It didn’t take the familiar approach to the genre, but in fact put it’s own chillingly lyrical spin on it. It was a cross between a horror film, a cautionary tale about bullying, and a tale of adolescent hell. ‘Ellie’ wasn’t your typical vampire, she looked like a normal. young twelve-year old, who has been so for a very long time. She killed people because she had to, in order to stay alive. It is also a very existential film about guilt, longing, and friendship. I would call it a benchmark of the modern horror film. To cap it off, it has one of the creepiest underwater sequences in movie history. This is how you make a horror film, one that lingers, and hypnotizes you long after it is over. It is one of my top ten favorite films of all-time.
Danny · May 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm
I like that one a lot, too, and you do a great job of explaining why. Thanks for entering!
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