Top 5: Vampire Movies

It is no longer October, but I obsess over horror year-round, so some of my top 5 lists will still feature spooky themes!

Vampires are my favorite fictional monsters. I do appreciate the sex appeal, obviously. Even without it, however, I’ve always preferred the tales that surround vampires over all other creatures that go bump in the night.

These are five of my favorite vampire films. Note that this only includes the non-animated (though I do love Hotel Transylvania). And as always, these are listed in no particular order.

1. Fright Night (1985)

Everything about this movie is great, even Amanda Bearse’s exaggerated transformation near the end. Chris Sarandon is extremely attractive as Jerry Dandridge, but the reason the character is so perfect is his cruelty and IDGAF attitude: he knows how to blend in with humanity and that makes him doubly dangerous.

P.S. – The scene with Jerry and Amy dancing at the club is my favorite part.

2. The Lost Boys (1987)

This iconic film had to be on the list, right? Along with a fantastic plot and an all-star cast, The Lost Boys also had an epic soundtrack. The movie has inspired the generations that followed, resulting in sequels, music videos in which famous scenes are recreated, and several covers of the theme song, Gerard McMahon’s “Cry Little Sister.”

3. Suck (2009)

What do you get when you combine musicians and vampires? A cheesy comedy that is nonetheless extremely watchable. I don’t think you can go wrong with rock stars who are bloodsuckers — with the exception of Queen of the Damned; they screwed that one up — and the addition of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop make Suck a must-see!

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

It’s been a while since I’ve watched this one, but I remember the entertainment value of putting a sassy Valley girl in charge of hunting vampires. I didn’t think the television series recaptured the original charm at all.

5. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Christopher Lee is the best Dracula. My mom taught me that at a very young age. I actually bought her a collection of Dracula films starring Lee last year for Christmas.

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 46)

Eric Clapton: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The Beatles cover)

Kill Hannah: “Under the Milky Way” (The Church cover)

Alice Cooper: “King Herod’s Song” (Mike d’Abo cover)

Tour Announcements From Alice Cooper, Nita Strauss, Atreyu, and More!

2019 is shaping up to be quite a year for live music — and it’s only March! I’m sure I will be sharing more tour announcements in the coming weeks, but for now, here are a few that piqued my interest.

Alice Cooper w/Halestorm and Motionless in White

The nineteen city tour kicks off July 17th in Allentown, PA. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 8th!!!! For a full list of dates and ticket info, visit any of the bands’ official sites.

Halestorm

Motionless in White

Alice Cooper

Atreyu, Motionless in White, and Wilson

Speaking of Motionless in White, the Scranton, PA natives will be hitting the road with Atreyu and Wilson, starting April 15th.

Nita Strauss

Nita Strauss, guitarist for Alice Cooper, is hitting the road solo. She will be offering support for John 5 at the San Diego stop of his Invasion 2019 Tour. Her North American trek also includes a handful of dates with Fozzy and Paul Gilbert. Nita’s tour kicks off April 10th in Hermosa Beach, California, and wraps up June 8th in Poughkeepsie, NY. Visit Loudwire for more!

The “ALT-IMATE” Tour ft. Live, Bush, and Our Lady Peace

This is the dream lineup for all you 90’s alternative rock lovers! The tour is in honor of the 25th anniversaries of both Live’s Throwing Copper and Bush’s Sixteen Stone. The tour begins June 6th in Mashantucket, CT, and ends September 8th in Rochester, MI. Tickets go on sale March 11th.

New Music (1/28 — 2/3)

Tremonti: “Throw Them To The Lions”

Gus G: “Don’t Tread On Me”

Babylon Shakes: “Making a Million”

Masked Intruder: “Please Come Back To Me”

Downfall of Gaia: “Of Withering Violet Leaves”

Kane Roberts ft. Alice Cooper and Alissa White-Gluz: “Beginning of the End”

Tokio Hotel: “Melancholic Paradise”

Zao: “Transmission 1: I Saw the End”

West Bound ft. Chas West: “Beautiful Dream”

Impure Wilhelmina: “Murderers”

Anvil: “Bitch in the Box”

Children of Bodom: “This Road”

John 5 and the Creatures: “Crank It — Living With Ghosts”

Like a Storm: “Complicated (Stitches & Scars)”

Aftermath: “Diethanasia”

August 2018 Album Releases (Week Five)

— 8/27 —

-Parting Lines: See You on the Other Side

— 8/29 —

-Azealia Banks: Pyrex Princess

— 8/31 —

-Meghan Trainor: Treat Myself

-Thou: Magus

-Swingin’ Utters: Peace and Love

-1000Eyes: The God of 1000Eyes

-Saintseneca: Pillar of Na

-Rkss: DJ Tools

-Jauz: The Wise and the Wicked

-Black Mirrors: Look Into the Black Mirror

-Amos Lee: My New Moon

-Aaron Lee Tasjan: Karma for Cheap

-Vinyl Theatre: Starcruiser

-Passenger: Runaway

-The Vintage Caravan: Gateways

-Iron & Wine: Weed Garden

-Mass Gothic: I’ve Tortured You Long Enough

-Helios: Veriditas

-Alien Boy: Sleeping Lessons

-Menace Beach: Black Rainbow Sound

-The Kooks: Let’s Go Sunshine

-Alkaline Trio: Is This Thing Cursed?

-The Pineapple Thief: Dissolution

-Wild Nothing: Indigo

-Alice Cooper: Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris

-Curren$y: Fire in the Clouds

-Daniel Davies: Events Score

-Michael Price: Tender Symmetry

-Nick Mason: Unattended Luggage

-Peace: Some Strange Reason

Let’s Talk Covers (Pt. 33)

1. Alice Cooper ft. Duff McKagan and Steve Vai: “Hey Bulldog” (The Beatles cover)

2. Screaming Females: “If It Makes You Happy” (Sheryl Crow cover)

3. Soft Cell: “Tainted Love” (Gloria Jones cover)