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.

Top 5: Music Videos Based on Horror Films

It’s October, which means spooky season, my favorite time of the year! I would have done a lot of horror/Halloween-themed posts if everything hadn’t been so hectic. But alas, that’s life.

With that being said, there are still seven days left until the month’s end, so I have time to get some of my Spooktober ideas uploaded.

My first special post for October is a Top Five list featuring music videos based on horror movies! Over the years, several artists have paid homage to their favorite scary film. The trend is most prevalent in the rock and metal genres, which is appropriate, don’t you think?

And here we go! (These are in no particular order.)

1. “The Kill” – Thirty Seconds to Mars // Based on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining

2. “Beim Ersten Mal Tut’s Immer Weh” – Oomph! // Based on the psychological thriller Hard Candy, directed by David Slade and starring Ellen Page

3. “Engel” – Rammstein // Based on the snake dance scene in From Dusk Till Dawn

4. “Living Dead Girl” – Rob Zombie // Based on the 1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with a nod to White Zombie as well

5. “Hell in the Hallways” – Ice Nine Kills // Based on the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie

[Trailer] Mandy – 2018

Nicholas Cage is starring in another action horror film! Mandy is set to be released on September 14, 2018.

Synopsis:

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

Trailer:

[Trailer] The Predator – 2018

The latest Predator is hitting theaters on September 14, 2018. Here is the synopsis, via Wikipedia:

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

Below is the trailer. I warn you, it’s gonna get bloody!

Slender Man Official Trailer

Synopsis:

In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.

Director: Sylvain White

Release Date: August 24, 2018

Horror Fan? Check Out My New YouTube Series!

I’ve been talking about this for weeks and last night, my two best friends and I got together and recorded the first episode of Horror Chats! Our topic was favorite horror films and subgenres. It’s a little awkward, but I feel like it offers a glimpse into where we’re each coming from.

We’re already discussing our next topic, so head on over and subscribe to my channel! Episode two will be up fairly soon, I hope!

And by the way, if you subscribe to me, I’ll likely subscribe to you. I believe in supporting the community I want to be a part of.

Horror Chats (Ep. 1)

[Trailer] Unfriended: Dark Web

I am so excited about this! I loved Unfriended, and it’s awesome that they’ve done a sequel!

The synopsis, via YouTube:

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.”

Unfriended: Dark Web will be released on July 20th.

The Halloween (2018) Trailer Is Here!

Michael Myers returns this October! Are you ready?

Movie Review: Veronica

I want to start this review by explaining that I watch a lot of horror movies. A lot. I grew up on this genre, thanks to my parents, and my appreciation for it has continued — perhaps even strengthened — thanks to my best friend. Together, we’ve seen it all: supernatural, slasher, paranormal, low-budget, high-budget, cheesy, and everything in between.

So, with that in mind…

Tiffany, the best friend, informed me there was a movie on Netflix that was (supposedly) so scary people weren’t able to make it more than halfway through. My immediate reaction?

Challenge accepted!

The movie in question is called Veronica. It is a Spanish film, directed by Paco Plaza, and is based on a true story.

At the very beginning of Netflix’s description of Veronica, there is mention of a séance. I’m like:

Has any movie involving a séance ever ended well?

Without including spoilers, Veronica unfolds like this: Veronica and two other girls hold a séance at school during an eclipse. Veronica attempts to contact her father, but after a bit of activity, she passes out. Needless to say, she soon begins to suspect that something has followed her away from the experience, and she seeks a solution to the problem.

Here’s the thing — and I really hope you’re still with me…

Veronica is a good movie.

Yes, it’s been done before. And yes, many of these films are based on true stories. But Veronica is crafted in a way that holds the attention. The best friend and I were engrossed for the whole film.

There were creepy moments, some subtler than others. Did we have to turn it off halfway through? Nope.

The only con I see, and this depends on the person, is that the film is subtitled. For me, that wasn’t an issue; however, I know some don’t want to read their movies.

Overall, I would give Veronica a 4.5/5. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Let’s Talk Covers (American Satan edition)

1. The Relentless: “Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode cover)

2. The Relentless: “Nights in White Satin” (The Moody Blues cover)

3. The Relentless: “Hey Hey, My My” (Neil Young/Crazy Horse cover)