September 9, 2010
8 p.m. CW Elena (Nina Dobrev, right) comes home to a nightmare as she discovers the fates of Uncle John and Jeremy (David Anders, Steven R. McQueen). Damon (Ian Somerhalder) realizes Elena's vampire doppelgänger has returned.
February 27, 1990 |
Rockula is a vapid vampire comedy that tosses out the Transylvania rule book - vampires don't have mirror images, vampires can't venture into daylight, vampires go for the jugular - and replaces the Bram Stoker legend with rock videos. Lousy rock videos. A cable-ready teen pic from the cynically hip team that ripped-off Gremlins and called it Ghoulies a few years back, Rockula is a sorry attempt to do what Brian De Palma did with Phantom of the Paradise, a rock-musical inspired by a classic Hollywood horror tale.
September 29, 1992 |
With John Landis' Innocent Blood, the vampire once again strikes out - and diehard fans are best advised to await the next transfusion from Francis Ford Coppola's much-touted remake of Dracula. Landis' erratic, raucous and occasionally erotic stab at the genre has its moments of sly wit, but most of the gibes are too gross and clumsy to sustain the delicate balance of humor and horror that he wanted. To be fair, there is a pitfall - or perhaps we should say an open grave - in the path of any filmmaker trying to strike that balance.
February 2, 1993 |
After nearly 20 years stuck in development hell, one of Hollywood's most coveted and frustrating properties is finally going to make it to the silver screen. And not only that, the film will be helmed by the most talked-about director in town. According to industry sources, Neil Jordan - director of the smash independent film The Crying Game - has agreed to direct Interview With a Vampire, a film based on Anne Rice's 1976 bestseller of the same title. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin shooting in Hungary, perhaps as early as April.
October 30, 2009 |
There are plenty of vampire flicks on DVD this Halloween, but the best films feature the unlikeliest of all monsters: children. Writer-director Paul Solet's feature debut, Grace, from Anchor Bay (www.anchorbayentertainment.com/; $26.97; rated R) is a doozy: The villain is a newborn baby who also happens to be a vampire. Jordan Ladd stars as Madeline Matheson, a beautiful, pregnant young woman whose husband dies in a car crash. Refusing to believe the crash also killed her unborn child, Madeline decides to carry it to term.
November 21, 2008 |
"You're not in Phoenix anymore," Charlie Swann tells his teenage girl, Bella, welcoming her to the rain-drenched, vampire-pocked Pacific Northwest town of Forks, Wash. And if that line echoes a famous one from The Wizard of Oz, well, so be it, because in Twilight - the surefire hit adaptation of the first book from Stephenie Meyer's mega-selling saga - Bella Swann, like Dorothy Gale, is in for the ride of her life. A pheromone-drenched high school romance rife with heavy-duty Dracula stuff, Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
August 21, 1998 |
"There's something happening in the vampire ranks," cautions Kris Kristofferson. "Something big. " Yup: There are vampire car valets and vampire doormen standing at attention outside the city's best restaurants. There are all-night raves where bloodsucking throngs feast on "fresh meat" lured to their strobe-lit boites. There are board meetings where uptight vampire capos sneer at the young hotshot half-breed who's planning to take over the world. And there's Wesley Snipes wearing a really long, heavy-looking leather coat and a really long, heavy-looking stare.
November 20, 2008 |
'You're not in Phoenix anymore," Charlie Swann tells his teenage girl, Bella, welcoming her to the rain-drenched, vampire-pocked Pacific Northwest town of Forks, Wash. And if that line echoes a famous one from The Wizard of Oz , well, so be it, because in Twilight - the surefire hit adaptation of the first book from Stephenie Meyer's mega-selling saga - Bella Swann, like Dorothy Gale, is in for the ride of her life. A pheromone-drenched high school romance rife with heavy-duty Dracula stuff, Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
February 10, 1993 |
The defense attorney for Chad Franciscus, the Chester County teenager convicted of murder in the sensational "vampire" trial last fall, says she has uncovered evidence that a state trooper perjured himself during the trial. The perjury, she contends in court papers, so damaged Trooper James J. Boyd's credibility that the court should order a new trial. Franciscus, 19, was convicted in Chester County Court of the 1991 murder of Michael Devine, 16, of Parkesburg. The case was based on the prosecution's assertion that Franciscus had an obsession with the devil and had stabbed Devine in a satanic quest for blood.