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HORROR QUALITY DIPS: Vampires (part one)

I remember the good ol’ days, when horror icons and characters were still viewed with the cringe of a brow, the shuttering of the eyes, and a racing heart. It’s exceptionally unfortunate that these generations of moviegoers are reduced to watching sappy, appalling, and outright offensive delineations of what true horror fans have come to love so dearly.

Does anyone remember when Vampires, Zombies, and Werewolves were petrifying? When the subtle movements from a cluster of the undead, mixed with a stomach turning score would make you sit at the edge of your seat? Or when the fangs and religious undertones of vampires would give you the need to possess a crucifix wrapped in garlic and dipped in Holy (tap) water? Even if you aren’t an ecstatic fanatic, the truth is, there has been a tremendous dip in horror, and an over saturation on television, which is making the category so “house-hold” that it is slowly losing its effectiveness.

Vampires: “Remember when they Ate you, instead of Date you?”


There are three types of vampires.

  1. The thinker vampire- is the most predatorily effective bloodsucker. This is the completely coherent, calculating vampire, who preys on weakness (emotional or sexual) in order to accomplish his or her goal of draining you, only to make his or her victim feel as though its something they wanted all along.
  2. The ravenous “Zombie-Vampire”- one track minded blood thirsty monsters that have zero to no personality, and do more eating then actual “sucking.” They’re relentless, aggressive, and give little to no moment for preparation. They are malicious killers plain and simple, nothing to take lightly.
  3. The Sex idol vampire- this is quite possibly the worst thing that has happened to the vampire genre. Vampires are not disco balls; they explode or burn up in the sun. Vampires are not vegetarians, they manipulate you, fuck you up, and drink you DRY. Vampires do not fall in love with average girls who have an OPEN MOUTH issue. They don’t fall victim to dull plot lines, bad CGI, stupid monster designs, and poor dialogue (well maybe sometimes). Twilight and its various television counter parts, have given vampires a huge leap into the pits of junk entertainment, creating another genre that portrays MONSTERS as pathetic, soap opera driven teenagers with lip-gloss and glitter.

The average fan of Twilight, normally has a defense that continually has something to do with a reference to “you haven’t read” the books. These books are written for pre-teens, or tweens (ages 12-18) I HAVE NO BUSINESS READING THEM, and neither do men and women alike. Just because words like “Masochist” are thrown around the Novel, does not make it a good piece of literature, in fact, its complete shit.

Whatever happened to the ‘Lost Boys’ the original ‘Fright Night?’ or even 30 days of night? It’s as if these monumental films are nothing but a distant memory in an era of Suckers (the viewer). Instead of the greats we have True blood, a show that can be summarized basically by saying…”SEX!” Vampire Diaries, which is another boring plot line about forbidden love and vampires, shoot me. There are some hopefuls, such as Stake Land, which is more of a post apocalyptic movie then “vampire;” which is the latest attempt at breaking the mold in the ever growing bleak future of the Vampire Genre.

The point of this article is to optimistically reach readers who may potentially hate ever word I said, but at least give there curiosity a run for it’s money by checking out the following list of vampire films that may or may not have been exposed to an ever growing duped youth.


Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Gravens (1922)

John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

Lost Boys (1987)

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Dracula (1958)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Let the Right One In (2008)

30 Days of Night 2007

Fright Night 1985

Stakeland 2010



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Nightmares can come true! Mortal Kombat new DLC: FREDDY KRUEGER

There really isn’t much to say about this except “FUCKIN COOL.” I’ve always been a fan of fighting games that throw in characters from different franchises, i.e Yoda in Soul Caliber, Darth Vader, Kratos etc. With that being said, feast your eyes on one of the coolest DLCs of this year. (fingers crossed for Jason)


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Paranormal Activity 3: Bloody Mary?????

Paramount finally premiered the new Paranormal Activity 3 trailer and all I have to say is “Bloody Mary?” To say “I’m confused about whether or not this franchise ever had an actual direction” is an understatement. The first film showed us how a low budget film can make good money with well thought out execution, the second film disappointed us, and it seems now that the third one is veering closer to banking off of the success of Insidious. Now even though the new film looks to be totally different, perhaps this is the BEST thing that could happen to PA. When I saw PA2, I just couldn’t help but think that it had a lot of unintentional Dark humor, particularly when we saw a floating baby in a crib. Them showing an actual “Ghost” or what they are calling “Bloody Mary” is just a natural progression of the film/audience interest and relationship. Even if it seems like they came up with the idea well after the original film, it works out pretty well in terms of the viewer, I mean, who wants to see another movie about NOTHING attacking people.

Paranormal Activity 3 Trailer


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The Drop of Water 1963: a great horror movie you don’t know about.

Not to shortly after we posted our article about the Classic Horror Campaign in London did I start a long mission to become well immersed in classic horror movies. I was searching through Netflix and Came across “Black Sabbath,” not the band, but the film, the 1963 triple horror feature.

The first segment “The Drop of Water,” directed by Mario Bava, is probably one of the greatest horror films (Or segment) I think I’ve ever seen. It’s about a woman, who in an act of greed steals a dead woman’s ring, but with great consequence. The amount of influence that it has had, and that you can clearly see, on our contemporary films and directors, is refreshing.

Sam Raimi’s “Evil dead” and “Drag me to Hell” have a pretty similar style and feel to Bava’s segment, especially Drag me to Hell, which could have been a complete re-envision of this segment.

I also see a lot of Japanese horror themes. Influencing the creepy, eerie, atmospheric slow moving ghost motions made famous by movies like “the Ring,” “Kairo” (Pulse) and the “Grudge.” Even though most of the J-horror movies are well rooted in cultural foundations, there is still an influence from the early horror greats.

The “reveal” sequence in the film is close to perfect. Check it out below. It’s 10 minutes of horror perfection. Watch the full film to get a feel of this masterpiece. It’s currently on Netflix, but if your boycotting the Streaming monopoly; they’re also on YouTube.

(Note the “Frightened to death” line. Its like the Ring in Technicolor.)


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“THE THING” Remake poster Revealed.

The Thing New Poster


Hopefully we’ll get to see some old school prosthetics with a new age twist, instead of CGI green screen rape. If I see some sort of Alien/Monster baby, I’m walking right out. However, can’t wait.


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Classic Horror Campaign: London Horror Scene

written by: Etienne Vasquez (THT London)

One of the benefits of living in London has been the increased exposure to the British Horror movie scene. In early November of last year, a friend recommended that I catch a screening of Vampire Circus in London that was taking place in April of the following year. Without question, I put it in the calendar and when the time came, I showed up to an intimate setting at the back of the Roxy Bar down by London Bridge. The event was sponsored by Rick Gladman, founder of the “Classic Horror Campaign” here in the UK. The screening included Vampire Circus, a 70’s Hammer Film classic and Night of the Demon (1957). I enjoyed the screening so much that I eagerly looked forward to watching the next double bill. I was also intrigued by the campaign and I began to think of ways in which I could lend my support.

Thankfully after a few months, I had the pleasure of attending another double bill at the Roxy to see “Cat People” and “Scream and Scream Again,” two films that were both interesting and bizarre (check below for trailer). Before the screening, Rick was kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time to discuss the campaign, the support process, and also touch on some interesting thoughts about the horror genre.

 Etienne: Talk about the campaign a bit. How did the campaign start and where does the inspiration to get this started come from?

Rick: Well, the whole inspiration, the whole thing was the initial BBC 2 Horror Double Bills back in the 70s and 80s where there used to be mainly really old films, black and white films first. They used to start them around 10 at night, sometimes a bit later, so kids would often stay up to watch them. Then they’d have a little gap, and they would have a Hammer Film, and Amacus, and sometimes a lot of American 70s exploitation films. George Romero’s The Crazies was filmed one year. Stuff I used to read in horror magazines, and I thought, yeah I’m staying up to watch that. Kids used to watch it with their families a lot and when you got older, you’d stay up to watch the later ones. But every summer we’d look forward to what’s going to be on the BBC 2 Horror Double Bill season. And then one year, it just wasn’t on, they had no advertisements and I’m like, what’s going on? And it just disappeared and didn’t come back.

I find now that the way television is…if they’re going to show a horror film, it’s some junk from the last 10 years. Just some mainstream, crap. It’s not that I don’t like modern horror films, but most of them are pretty rubbish in my opinion. But there’s just nothing on. It’s almost as if they’re trying to negate that anything even exists, if you know what I mean. Not just in horror films, but television in general. It’s all about crappy reality programs or films that have been out in the last 10 years and are in color…

Etienne: So perhaps a lot of history is being lost?

Rick: It’s about nostalgia, its about cultural history, it’s about our film heritage – especially since a lot of the films were British. It’s also about introducing a younger generation to these films. Part of it is raising awareness. We have a petition that we want to present to the BBC once we hit 2,000 signatures.

Etienne: You guys are close now? Last time I checked you were at 1,600 signatures.

Rick: Yeah, it’s actually really heading up now. So when we do that we’re going to do some big publicity thing, we don’t know what yet, maybe a big flash mob maybe? Present the petition, get some publicity. Now it appears that Eileen is quite happy to take part, Emily as well, so it seems we’ve got the celebrities on board. It helps.

Eileen –

Emily –


Etienne: Now that you’re getting this support, and the ball’s really starting to roll, where do you envision this going? Aside of course from the immediate goal of getting the double bill back on BBC 2.

Rick: Well yes, that is the ultimate goal. I think where its heading now is more screenings around the country. We’re doing Manchester next week and Brighton in August. I think then its working on arranging some type of larger festival, but one that’s based around classic horror films, which for us is anything from the silents to the 1980s. I do have a cutoff, in my tastes I don’t, but in the context of the Classic Horror Campaign, you have to cut it somewhere. And the website ( as well, its starting to get more and more popular and we’re trying to do an A-Z of every classic horror film ever reviewed. We’re getting different bloggers and writers sending us their reviews for free, you know, of different classic horror films and we post them and keep them on our database

Etienne: How are you getting access to these libraries of classic horror films? Is it just from personal collections?

Rick: Yes, to a degree. We have a guy who’s on the technical side who deals with that really. He also sources the rights and approaches companies to find out whether they need us to pay. There are fees, but then a lot of companies either dont respond or they just say, “just go for it” cause they get publicity for it I guess.

Etienne: Great. Well for people who are reading this, what can they start doing to help support or continue to support the campaign?

Rick: Thank you, good question. Very important – sign the petition. It’s online, it’s free, so sign the petition. But also, email the BBC. That is so important. I don’t know, see I can’t get the feedback to find out how many people have already offered to do this, but we are trying to push people to do that. If the BBC is suddently inundated with tons of emails, they might say, “Maybe there is something behind this.” Some people have already gone ahead and done this, but it needs to be bigger. Email the BBC, go on to their website, find different email addresses.

Etienne: And of course continue to come to the screenings.

Rick: Yes, come to the screenings. Please come to the screenings. If people don’t come, we can’t afford to do them and that’s a bit sad.

Be sure to Check out The Classic Horror Movie Campaign website at 

Some fun questions:

Etienne: How did you get introduced to the world of horror? You’re clearly a big fan of the genre with a lot of knowledge about it.

Rick: I think, when I was a kid, like really little, probably local cinema. The first film I can remember being taken to see was the re-release of Snow White, the Disney movie. It was the horror aspect of it, the imagery that appealed to me. So I think it was actually Disney films initially. But also trailers they used to show in between even the kids films, they used to show the Hammer films – grown up films, whatever was out, quite nasty films, and I’d be intrigued by the trailers. And then it was definitely the BBC, not just their late night horror double bills, but they used to do things earlier in the evening like classic sci-fi monster films. So I guess monster films on the tele, on tv, and then I was allowed to buy horror comics and the magazines and I started reading about it and I became more and more knowledgeable. It became somewhat of an obsession, it was fun.

Etienne: Any favorites?

Rick: Vampire Circus. (, which is what we screened last time. That is an ultimate, absolute favorite of mine. But I also like some of the newer stuff, I say newer but…I love the Friday the 13th films. I love them, I absolutely love them. Umm, Freddy Krueger, they’re really great films, especially Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, number 7 I think?  Really good film, very clever. Stuff like that I like. I do love the Cat People, which is a really weird film.

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