Director, writer, and producer Mick Garris releases videos
of his interviews with people in the horror and sci-fi entertainment industry at his new website, Mick Garris Interviews
. There is also a YouTube channel
. An introduction can be found at the about page
. According to The Nerdist
, interviews will be released at the rate of one per week. Interviews already uploaded: a four-parter with Director John Carpenter (here's Part 1
YT), and one segment with John Badham
, director of Dracula
(1979) and, incidentally, Saturday Night Fever
The gals at Anglo-Filles have an entertaining (and epicly long) talk about the history of Dracula and vampires as characters and symbols throughout the ages and throughout fiction
- topics discussed include Varney The Vampire, The Vienna Vampire Scare, Where Does Sunlight Killing Vampires Come From, The Secret Spanish Dracula, and Jonathan Harker As An Abuse Survivor.
"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
At no point in Bela Lugosi's iconic role in the 1931 film Dracula
does he make the sound "Bleh!" So why is "Bleh!" so deeply associated with Dracula in popular culture?
Followup with more examples.
: history of the early horror films made by Universal Studios such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, King Kong, The Mummy and many more. Directed by Kevin Brownlow
. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh. 1
The library of King Matthias I of Hungary, the Bibliotheca Corviniana
, was "the second greatest collection of books in Europe in the Renaissance period, after that of the Vatican." Destroyed following the 15th century Turkish invasion of Hungary
(despite the efforts of Matthias' vassal Vlad III the Impaler
), a few surviving codices have been digitized
by the National Széchényi Library and the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
. [more inside]
It was 1931. Subtitles
weren't practical, dubbing had yet to catch on, but Universal Studios wanted their lavish new production of Dracula
to play in Latin America. The solution? Shoot a separate film
on the night shift
. [more inside]
Chris Sims of the Invincible Super-Blog has tangled with the undead before, most notably with The Annotated Anita Blake
, but now he's taking on the big daddy with the cape and the fangs: It's Dracula Week!
Over on Comics Alliance Chris lists Dracula's Greatest Comics Appearances
, then back on ISB he's followed up with Batman versus Dracula
and Dracula versus Superman
. Now he's taking on Dracula in his ultimate, most 70s form. Behold... BLACULA!
The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires
combined the tail end of Hammer film
's Dracula series with, the then, burgeoning martial arts craze to create "The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular!" [more inside]
Though film is not generally Andy Warhol's field of greatest fame, some see his long
and storied history in film
as "where Warhol's supreme achievement lies
". And then there are the two horror films from 1973: Andy Warhol's Frankenstein
(or Flesh for Frankenstein
) and Andy Warhol's Dracula
(or Blood for Dracula
). The two films were filmed quickly and inexpensively in the Spring of 1973
, using the Roger Corman method
of filming two movies at one location using the same actors to decrease costs. Frankenstein
was filmed first, using Space-Vision 3-D
. But filming 3D footage was too expensive and time-consuming
, so Dracula
was shot in standard 35mm film. [more inside]
Real time Dracula
"Experience Bram Stoker's Dracula in a new way -- in real time. Dracula is an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of letters or diary entries,)
" Whitney Sorrow is posting each entry in real time starting on May 3rd
the date of the first diary entry. [via]
Artist Robert M. Place reveals images from two works-in-progress: The Vampire Tarot
, based on the Bram Stoker's Dracula
, and one called The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery
. Place already has several gorgeous decks to his name: The Alchemical Tarot
. Tarot of the Saints
. The Buddha Tarot
. [more inside]
Dacre Stoker presents: Dracula... the sequel!
Hammer films are back!
... The classic
British horror film
company has returned from the dead with the first new film
in 20 years to be first broadcast in instalments via MySpace
. This has allowed some news programs to camp it up
just a little... See the trailer here. Behind the scenes. [more inside]
Stories of Bram Stoker
to enjoy on the 110th
anniversary of the publication of Dracula.
is for sale
. The gothic fortress (also known as Bran Castle
) was once home to Vlad the Impaler
, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula
. The local government has the right of first refusal, but if they choose not to make the purchase, the property can be offered to private buyers (as long as any potential new owner agrees to let it remain a state-run museum
for at least three years).
is hot. I'd do her. The thing is she holds the world record (according to GWR
) for being the most prolific serial killer in history. Supposedly, she may have tortured and killed
as many as 2000 young girls, which probably makes her bi or lesbian (not that there's anything wrong with that). Some say she is the real inspiration
for Bram Stoker's Dracula
Love That Dracula.
Don't forget to check out Jesus Christ, Asshole Supreme
whilst you're at it (contains rude words and blasphemy).
Are you a night person? Like blood? Member of the European nobility? If so, you might be interested in becoming the next count Dracula
. Yes, it seems that after vampire cloning
didn't pan out, the Count decided to pick an heir. Seem weird? It's okay, there's precedent
Christopher Lee, OBE
. Much as I deprecate these meaningless baubles, he definitely deserves the recognition.
Germans to build Dracula theme park
"German investors and the Romanian
government are planning to develop Dracula Land, a "terror" theme park in Transylvania that officials hope will boost the country's ailing tourism industry"
Romania learns capitialism well
Along with a Dracula theme park, it's reported the government wants to help a group of US investors clone Vlad the Imapler (a.k.a. Count Dracula.)