Halloween 2012 Movie Special Day 5: Fun with vampires

Horror which bites you in the…
What’s the next logical step in classic, iconic horror figures after the zombie brainiacs? Yes, those bloodsucking vampires are sure to please the eye, but not the throat.

Suck on this, Mother…of Tears
Probably one of the oldest creature on celluloid (say hi to Nosferatu) and spawning a whole gothic-horror-music-life-style-thing, the vampire is the best example how to either make a bad or good movie. Countless reinterpretations, this is of course a very short selection of vampire flicks.

The good, the bad, the ugly which bite… it’s for you to decide, so get your shawls out (it’s cccccoooold outside anyway) and get comfy with mulled wine or red wine…whatever is to your taste… in our next stop at hellbound horror.

Vampire Girls vs. Frankenstein Girl
(Japan 2009, directors: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu, original title: Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken)

A school girl makes her classmate her soon-to-be-companion-lover-slave and gets in a fight with another girl…built from bits and pieces.

From the crazy minds of the Tokyo Gore Police creators, it’s surprisingly light-hearted entertainment, but with bucket loads of gore and blood. As expected, sometimes the whole screen is filled with red, splattering against the camera.

The story is of course utter nonsense and doesn’t really try to stay true to the original monsters, and it takes a while until they confront each other, but it has lots of cool ideas and memorable moments. The only downside is the humour and overacting. Sometimes it works, but together with some childish music, it doesn’t always succeed.
Still far less downtime than the so-called classic Tokyo Gore Police, it’s Japanese craziness par excellence…but only uncut.

Therefore I provided a link to the German uncut version for those living in that country…which is in short supply. Otherwise import is as always the best option, and the US region-locked BD looks quite nice (even though I had some parts where the disk wouldn’t run or had sound problems; could be my player needs a long-overdue update).

Rating: 7/10
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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
(USA 1994, director: Neil Jordan)

A vampire tells his life/death story to a reporter.

With so many vampire movies trying to be either too bloody, too clichéd, too teenie nowadays, this is prime example of one which hasn’t aged at all. Charismatic characters with believable performances by the actors/actresses, perfect pacing in storytelling, the long running time of a bit over 2 hours isn’t felt at all.

There are countless memorable scenes and dialogues which makes it hard to pick a favorite, if at all. This is a movie which is just as perfect as vampire movies can get. Even if the emotional whining and philandering about the human/undead condition can be detrimental, it works just fine here as the audience feels for every one of the characters.

For me, this is even better than the book, which is quite long and drags on a bit.

BTW, don’t believe the 2/5 star ratings from Amazon Germany for the BD version. There is a new version which looks and sounds just great and is definitely an improvement over the DVD.

Rating: 10/10

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Queen of the Damned
(USA 2002, director: Michael Rymer)

A vampire wants to overcome his loneliness by becoming a rockstar and frees an evil queen.

What happened here? Anne Rice seemed to be pretty pissed off that her novels were butchered, but as I haven’t read them all (just started with one which felt a bit boring), this movie doesn’t even work as a stand-alone-product. The queen herself doesn’t get enough screening time to be even remotely dangerous or scary (Aaliyah, R.I.P., isn’t the greatest actress). The Lestat character (who was just perfectly done by Tom Cruise before) is a mixture of bad acting and whining ridiculously. His love story with a human woman (who reminds faceless due to her acting skills) doesn’t touch in any way. The vampire fights look cheap…the list goes on and on.

It all feels and looks like an overblown MTV music clip which has also problems with its narrative structure, as the flashback sequences work to a certain degree, but the rock music aesthetics are too much for-all-you-hardcore-goth-music-fans in your face.
The music is actually the only redeeming feature which makes watching this poor attempt of a vampire flick bearable.

Rating: 4/10

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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