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Dracula (1931, USA) Review

Dracula (1931, USA) Review

Universal Studios had delved into horror filmmaking with silent films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925), but Dracula (1931) was Universal’s first “talking picture” in the horror genre. Directed by Tod Browning and an uncredited Karl Freund, Dracula was based on the 1924 stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston; adapted from the 1897 novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. After Carl Laemmle, Jr. was able to legally secure the novel’s film rights, screenwriter Garrett Fort began work on adapting Dracula for the movie theater.

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”

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“Deadlier Than Dracula!” BLACULA & THE TERMINATOR Collections from Gutter Garbs

"Deadlier Than Dracula!" BLACULA & THE TERMINATOR Collections from Gutter Garbs

Warm, young bodies will feed Gutter Garbs hunger, and hot, fresh blood their awful thirst! Gutter Garbs have released collections for William Crain’s 1972 blaxploitation classic Blacula, and James Cameron’s nightmare that won’t end, 1984’s The Terminator.

“Rising from the echoing corridors of Hell, an awesome being of the supernatural – with satanic power of sheer dread.”

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Collection: Part 1 from Cavity Colors 🧛🏻

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Collection: Part 1 from Cavity Colors 🧛🏻

Get ready to do some dark bidding on the internet. Cavity Colors are excited to open the coffin and unleash their massive What We Do in the Shadows collection. When you are a vampire you become very… sexy. ⚰️

“I go for a look which I call dead… but delicious!”

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RUCKING FOTTEN クソ 腐った Slasher Pack IX: Monsters

RUCKING FOTTEN クソ 腐った Slasher Pack IX: Monsters

Slasher Pack IX: Monsters includes four Japanese inspired horror tees from Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy and Frankenstein; available for pre-order now!

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Razor Blade Smile (1998, UK) Review

Razor Blade Smile (1998)

This late 90s vampire tale is an essential watch for any fan of low budget indie gore and Hammer classics. Lilith Silver is the ‘girl power’ embodiment of modern vampires. In skin tight PVC, Silver is an ass-kicking, sexually confident vampiric hit woman, using her undead attributes to carry out the most daring executions. But life is never simple and her choice of career brings her to the attention of occult group The Illuminati who are hell bent on preserving their own existence against whoever is hiring her to eliminate them. Armed with their skills in dark magic and with Mason-like influence in the police and government, The Illuminati set out to take down Lilith ‘The Angel of Death’ Silver, in a gory, sexual game of cat and mouse.

“Part Seductress. Part Assassin. All Vampire.”

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An Interview with Actress Julie Carmen, Fright Night Part 2, In the Mouth of Madness

An interview with actress Julie Carmen, Fright Night Part 2

Fright Night Part 2 would only work if its main vampire – following the iconic Jerry Dandrige – was strong. Regine Dandridge, the sister of Jerry, was played wonderfully by Julie Carmen. Sultry, sexy with a huge element of danger, Carmen truly became part of the Fright Night universe with this performance.

Fright Night Part 2 would have evaporated into the ethers if it were not for some dear loyal souls who originally saw the film and who continue to talk about the effect it had on them while growing up.”

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Now on Kickstarter: Vampires of Hungary 🗡 The Holy Roman Empire

Vampires of Hungary: The Holy Roman Empire

Vampires of Hungary: The Holy Roman Empire is a medieval horror/comedy comic book series written by David Jenkins, and illustrated by the incredibly talented Aan Budi Sulistyo; known for Star Missions. Intended as a five issue series, David Jenkins has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in an effort to fund the first two issues.

“Christ with me. Christ before me. Christ behind me. Christ in me.”

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Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980, Japan)

Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980)

I heard of this anime film years ago but heard such bad things it put me off, then last week I found a good review on it that mentioned the plot and I thought I’d give it a go. Firstly like many other reviewers I must admit this is probably the craziest Dracula plot ever. It’s based of Tomb of Dracula issues 40-75 and as such there’s a lot going on…

Overall this film is very true to the comic and has a good storyline but it’s too rushed. The visuals in part are faithful to the comic but frequently seem low budget. If you liked Tomb of Dracula I’d definitely recommend this. If you’re looking for a different Dracula film you should enjoy it.

“Darling, I want to tell you about the man I used to be before I became the cursed slave of Satan.”

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Saturday the 14th (1981, USA)

Saturday the 14th (1981)

Released just one year after 1980’s Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th attempts to spoof the horror genre; taking reference from ‘haunted house’ tropes of films like The Changeling (1980), and classic Universal monster movies like Dracula (1931) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), rather than from the slasher sub-genre itself.

Unfortunately Saturday the 14th’s humour feels like it should be more zany, and more madcap than it actually is. Most jokes fall flat against deadpan performances and uninspired direction from Howard R. Cohen.

“Just when you thought it was safe to look at the calendar again.”

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