Saturday, 28 July 2012

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

This is a spoiler heavy review.

‘Taste the Blood of Dracula’ is the most hit and miss of all the entries in Hammer Films’ vampire series starring the magnificent Christopher Lee in the title role. It does not quite sink to the depths of the inferior instalments that followed it but this is the start of the rot. The fourth film with Lee as the bloodthirsty embodied essence of pure evil (he was absent from the second 1960’s ‘The Brides of Dracula’) it is though a passable piece of Gothic horror entertainment despite its flaws.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)

When I first saw the TV spots for ’30 Days of Night’ in 2007 my first impression was that it was a good time vampire horror in the vein of the beer and pizza flick ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ (1996). Not being an avid comic book reader, I knew nothing of the original source material of the graphic novel. If I had of read it before watching the movie though it would have spoiled the huge surprise that was in store for me.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

He Knows You’re Alone (1980) - Foreshadowing ‘Scream’ and Ripping Off ‘Halloween’

‘He Knows You’re Alone’ was one of the very first ‘Halloween’ clones to be released coming out two years after the phenomenal success of John Carpenter’s master class in taut suspense. It also followed just four months after Sean S. Cunningham’s ‘Friday the 13th’ which was almost equally as successful in terms of acquiring massive box office revenue and itself a prototype template for the slasher film leading to the sub-genre’s early 80’s boom in showcasing gory murder set-pieces.