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Good Vampire Films: Captain Kronos- Vampire Hunter

It’s very hard, in fact probably impossible, to write a series of reviews on Vampire films without mentioning Hammer. The British studio made hundreds of horror films over a period of decades, and many of the archetype vampire movies have either Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee in them- and invariably something-of-Dracula in the title. Later Hammer tended towards the poor, if I’m absolutely honest, but occasionally they did try something different, and usually it was treated with utter disdain by the public. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the attempts to break the mold were bad, quite the reverse as they tended to be better than the stock Hammer fare. Captain Kronos is a fine example of this.

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Good Vampire Movies: Innocent Blood

Next up for what I hope will be a weekly series until the next installment of Twilight slithers its way on to screen is 1992’s grossly underrated and unfairly overlooked Innocent Blood. This film doesn’t have a UK DVD release, and this strikes me as very strange as this is an excellent film from an icon of horror with a cast that would be universally recognised as superb. Innocent Blood is a sexy, violent, and comical vampire film; an unusual and inventive hybrid in a genre that has been stale for some time.

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Because I’m sick of shit Vampires: Thirst

 

Well, I’ve had enough. I’ve tolerated shitty emo-vampires or ridiculous screechy vampires for far too long and my patience has finally snapped. I’m pig sick of vampires that sparkle like a magpie’s wet dream in sunlight, or vampires as an excuse for some drippy sub-Mills and Boon level romance drivel, or piss-poor lame cowardly fucking vampires. It’s reached the stage where if I even see the word “Vampire” on a film, then I’m automatically reaching for the off switch. Read More…