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Review: Dracula

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Review: Dracula

Hollywood has released yet another vampire movie, this one named after Bram Stoker’s book from 1897. To the surprise of absolutely no one, the only thing the movie has in common with the source material is a) the main character is a vampire and b) the movie’s title is Dracula. What is a surprise to me is how a book can spawn so many movie adaptations and books and TV shows, while at same time has never been made into a movie that’s completely faithful to the original (the film from 1992 comes closer than any of them, but it still messed with the story in some pretty important ways). Whether you’re a fan of Dracula or Lestat or Damon Salvatore or even Edward Cullen, it’s worth it to read Stoker’s novel to see for yourself the book which had so much of an impact that it’s still inspiring people more than a hundred years later.

Fair warning though, this one was tough to get through in places. Even on the second re-read I found myself getting bogged down by the flowery prose. The characters are all just so earnest; going on and on for a page and a half at a time about how desperately grateful they are to have such stalwart friends to stand by them through these trials, and the whole time I’m wishing they would just shut up and move on. In order to really appreciate what Stoker created here, it’s helpful to keep in mind that this is not a collection of old black-and-white movie cliches and overly-dramatic stereotypes; this is where all the cliches and stereotypes come from. The vampire myth was around before Bram Stoker, but he was the one who defined it for modern audiences. Dracula is what started it all.

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Movie Issues: Dracula Untold

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Movie Issues: Dracula Untold

Vampire films have been a part of cinema since the beginning, and much focus has always been and will be on the famous literary character created by Irish novelist Bram Stoker, Count Dracula. In his new movie, Dracula Untold, first time director Gary Shore and filmmakers have decided, instead of focusing on the story we all know, to take us back to the beginning and see how Dracula becomes the Prince of Darkness.

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Movie Issues: Vampire Movies for Halloween

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Movie Issues: Vampire Movies for Halloween

Oh the vampire flicks, ya just can’t escape them. Their one of the oldest themes in cinema history. Beginning with Robert G. Vignola’s 1913 film, The Vampire. The world has been waiting to be seduced by the vampire ever since. As the sink their teeth into movies and TV still to this day, the vampire is a pop culture icon that is ever living. Read On

Movie Issues: The Monster Squad

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Movie Issues: The Monster Squad

This week the guys have a monstrous good time by watching one of their childhood favorite movies, 1987s The Monster Squad. You know the movie! Where Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster and The Creature all get together to bring evil and darkness to all the world but are stopped by six kids and one scary German guy. Also we talk best and worst Halloween candy. It’s pretty much business as usual. So please download and enjoy!  Read On