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I still have fond memories of The Fearless Vampire Killers... of course, I was 10 when I first saw it...

I'll take Alan Rickman in just about anything.

The eldest lamblet started the Twilight series last year, but does not want to see the movie. She said the author was too specific with descriptions and from what she can tell from the previews, the leads look nothing like she expected. She said she prefers them in her imagination.

I'm now imagining Alan Rickman. He's just as appealing there...

Bill Altreuter

You forgot "What Dreams May Come" on your list of terrible Robin Williams movies. Or maybe you were just trying to be representative.


I made my almost 14 year old daughter very happy by taking her to see Twilight, along with another friend and her mom. The teens had read all the books, the other mom and I had not, though we were aware of the cultural phenomenon. The girls loved the movie, every bit of it. The moms, having more experience in the romance department, rolled their eyes a lot. I think of the movie as sort of equivalent to teenage bubble gum pop music - there's just enough of a hint of vague danger to make it sort of appealing without being at all scary. The eye-rolling came from all the declarations of "don't ever leave me" and Bella's desire to become a vampire so she'd always be with this guy she just met but is desperately in love with.

Now, Alan Rickman, there's more than a hint of vague danger there! I'd definitely go see a movie with Rickman as Dracula.


George Hamilton?


Jennifer! You beat me to Fearless Vampire Killers! It's the movie where Roman Polanski meets Sharon Tate. (My brother went through a Polanski phase while we lived together a couple of years ago.)

And Guy Maddin has a ballet version of Dracula that I remember vaguely, but found entertaining.

From what I understand of the Twilight books, the heroine bothers me. I'm of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer generation and really don't want to watch or read about a helpless, passive girl.

And please, someone should listen to you about Alan Rickman.

Eric k

No love for Christopher Lee?

Eric k

No Love for Christopher Lee?


Joining the chorus re Mr. Rickman.

And I'm with you, Lance, on the horror genre. But I don't watch them because I'm a scaredy-cat.


OK Louis, I trusted you about Naked City and curbed a really bad jones for Mad Men. And I think you. You need to trust me and go see "let the right ones in". Best vampire movie ever. Yes. Better than Dracula. It's basically about the relationships between the Vampire and their Renfields. See it and let me know what you think. You may not find it better,....but I'll bet you find it ... not boring.


Lance, you should try Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu. Available online. He was a better writer than Stoker and the novella is wildly sexy in that Victorian way. And I believe she does wear a diaphanous gown at some point.


I agree that _Love At First Bite_ is George Hamilton's finest hour (who'd have thought?) but it's not in any way shape or form a horror movie. If you want a truly scary and loathsome monster-Dracula, check out the original _Nosferatu_.

And it's amusing to note that in Stoker's original novel, Dracula is quite capable of walking around in the daylight, and ends up being killed not by a stake but two large knives.


No love for Count Duckula?


Ah, Stoker. If I may, I wrote a post about the oddity that the Protestant civil servant of Dublin who meets Henry Irving and becomes the business manager of his theater is the mainstream genesis for our Count, in Dracula-Go-Bragh

Tom Hilton

No love for Nosferatu? Either version?

I agree with you completely about torture/slasher porn. No interest at all. A couple of genuinely excellent 'horror' movies I would recommend are Espinazo del Diablo and Orfanato, both of which are about a lot more than just being scary.

Bluegrass Poet

I love Christopher Lee. Though I don't find him sexy, I do find him menacing.

Also I'll join the choruse for "Fearless Vampire Killers."


I don't get the Rickman thing. Even when he was younger (as in Truly, Madly, Deeply) he seemed ... droopy. Droopy eyes, droopy chin, droopy ass, droopy everything. In Sense and Sensibility Marianne was much more convincing when she was all "eww, get this droopy old guy away from me" than when she finally settled for him.

Or Ralph Fiennes either. He looks like a rat.


As usual, you need to turn over your netflix to me.

program these:

Cat People, Jacques Tourneur, 1942
The Seventh Victim, Mark Robson, 1943
Onibaba, Kaneto Shindo, 1964
Vampyr, Carl Dreyer, 1932
Repulsion, Roman Polanski, 1965
Night Tide, Curtis Harrington, 1961
La chute de la maison Usher, Jean Epstein, 1928
Le Vampire, Jean Painleve, 1945
Kairo, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001
"Afterwards" from the Granada TV series "Shades of Darkness"
"The Demon Lover" from the Granada TV series "Shades of Darkness"

Tom Hilton

Second the recs for Vampyr, and for the Val Lewton movies. Seventh Victim in particular is just supremely beautiful and creepy and disturbing.

Ronzoni Rigatoni

Prolly the best Dracula I have ever seen was played by Gabe Dell on the old Steve Allan Show.

Steve: (laffing hysterically) "How do you DO that?"

Dell (looking up in surprise): "Do VAT,... Steve."

Well, it brought down the house back then.


I can't believe no one mentioned Underworld.

I'm shocked. OK, it's shlock, but come on, Kate Beckinsale in leather tighter than a conservative's purse at Christmas???


Alex, Onibaba was indeed fantastic and genuinely scary. (Of course there's a lot to like on that list but that one always jumps out at me. My kind of horror movie.)

Uncle Merlin

I loved the Lestat series, wasn't crazy about the movie, Tom Cruise's Lestat was not how I pictured him. We've all had that expreience reading the book before the movie.
I will have to try that Netflix list I didn't know Vampire movies went back so far.

My favorite all time Vampire was Barnabas on Dark Shadows, all the women wanted him to take their blood! He never could because "Julia You Know I MUST have an Unwilling Victim for the blood to work for me" Terrific line!
I used race home from school or get my Mom to record it on the tape recorder so we could listen to it, (yes VCR's weren't invented yet!)

I can tell you I've had tried and tried to get Lance to go to a scare fest with me and he has avoided it for years so I am very surprised he admits here an interest in Vampires! Couldn't get him to go to Aracnaphobia, etc. I was really surprised when he told me he went to "Hell Boy" and that I should see it.

I am enjoying "Supernatural" Dean & Sam two "Thunder-Butts" fighting pure hell-evil every week, and those Angels, mark my words THEY aren't what they say they are!!

Vampires! Who would have guessed!

Howard Chaykin

Despite the awful cop out ending, NEAR DARK is a terrific vampire picture, a genre I couldn't really give a damn about, despite my own professional output. I'm not a horror fan in general.

Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar star in this vampire remake of THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, itself a version of THIEVES LIKE US.

It's terrific.


Ah, well, there's a number of perhaps somewhat less-known others:

Jiri Svoboda's Prokleti domu Hajnu (1988)

Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko (1968)

George Romero's Martin (1977)

Piers Haggard's Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

Juraj Herz's The Cremator (1969)

Jerzy Kawalerowicz's Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

Jong-chan Yun's Sorum (2001)

Sidney Hayers' Night of the Eagle (1962)

Ken Houghton

"Actually, the movie version I've enjoyed most is the Spanish version that was made at the same time as the Legosi Dracula....That movie's director treated his camera as though it was moveable so the whole movie is more visually alive than the Hollywood version, which for the most part looks like a filmed stage play."

Being "a better director than Tod Browning" isn't exactly a bar that's difficult to jump, but it would have been nice if you had actually mentioned a title or even put in an IMDB link.

Thirding or fourthing the 1922 Nosferatu, which wasn't a horror film, if you saw it in Prospect Park several years ago.



The Spanish version is called...Dracula. I added a link to the Wikipedia article above. Sorry I left it out originally. I didn't think anybody actually followed my links.

Ken Houghton

Thank you. Didn't you know by now that we always follow your links?

(Strangely, I searched IMDB for "Dracula" and didn't find anything else in 1931. Apparently, the accent mark--difficult to duplicate without using ASCII in a search--threw the search engine off.)


Oh, gracious. Twilight?

I have a member of the target demographic here, and I've read them. They're only in the most nominal way about vampires. What they're actually about is how if you wait for marriage (but not too long - the fate of non-teen single geezers is frequently discussed) and you're lucky enough to find a man who's too good for you and way older than you are, you can lose your virginity without going to hell.

There's also a seriously creepy storyline about werewolves helping to raise the girl children they get engaged to at birth but it's OK because they're really nice werewolves, and women whose lives were blighted because they didn't have children until it was too late.

It's basically Mary Sue gets married, only Mary Sue shares the author's crippling self esteem problems and she's unbelievably dull.

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