Thursday, 3 December 2009

Vampathon: Summoning up the Vamps

The experience of the Vampathon was quite an interesting one. The idea was a vampire marathon to countdown until the release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. During the process I revisited old favourites, caught up on unseen classics, saw vampire related theatrical releases and even snagged in vamp films on the festival circuit. In the above vlog I do a run down of the films seen to revisit, reminisce and ponder what's next. List of the films discussed are listed below the picture in order mentioned for reference, and you can also check all my vampire film reviews here (33 and counting).


The Vampathon began with:
Twilight and Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in

Ended with:
The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Classics that I loved:
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922), Dracula (1931), Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey, Shadow of the Vampire

Newly interpretations:
Near Dark, Black Sunday / La maschera del demonio, Martin, Rabid ,The Hunger

Didn't quite hit the mark for me:
Thirst / Bakjwi

Appreciate, with flaws:
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Queen of the Damned

Under Appreciated:
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Didn't work for me:
Blade II, The Night Flier, Dracula 2000

Turned off:
Fearless Vampire Hunters, Bitten

Slightly disappointed:
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979), 30 Days of Night

Loved original, revisit not so much:
The Lost Boys

Loved 'em then & still love them now:
Blood & Donuts, Blade, Blade: Trinity

Enjoyed more on revisiting:
Interview with the Vampire

Bonus Festival Gem:

Awesome Nosferatu's:
Max Schreck in Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
Klaus Kinski in Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire

Awesome Dracula's:
Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)
Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Dominic Purcell in Blade: Trinity

Lady Vamps:
Barbara Steele as in Black Sunday / La maschera del demonio
Vampire Girl in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
Selene in Underworld Trilogy: Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
There are more but often it's a surprize when the vampire is a women, so I don't want to spoil that surprize!

Hybrid films:
Underworld Trilogy: Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Night Watch / Nochnoi Dozor, Day Watch / Dnevnoy Dozor

What's next: Zombies? Werewolves? Witches?

Upcoming Vampire Films: Daybreakers (January 2010) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June 2010)


Franco Macabro said...

Awww, sad to see you didnt like Park Chan Wook's Thirst, I freaking loved it! Because its just so different.

Check out my views on it here:

Suzie Ridler said...

"I'm a little vamped out"

"Black is the new black"

I love your sayings Shannon! Always interesting to partake in your vlogging and of course vampires rock. That is sad that Lost Boys lost its charm a bit for you. I agree, Seline is definitely my favourite female vampire, not that there are too many to choose from!

I say bring on the witches!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I agree with you Connoisseur that Thirst is a very different vampire flick. I think there was a coldness and harshness that really didn't sit well with me, and some of the gore felt gratuitious. It's too bad as I was looking forward to it for ages!

I should totally do a list of women vamps, they are here and there but as I said often they tend to be a surprize. Selene is freaking kick butt vamp, totally love her!

I'll have to look into witches, there don't seem to be too many (favourable at least) films, but there are a few!

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