True Blood

"True Blood is a supernatural drama based on the Sookie Stackhouse Mystery novels by author Charlaine Harris. It takes place in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, in the not too distant future, where vampires and humans uneasily co-exist. This is due to the development of TruBlood, a synthetic liquid created by the Japanese that slakes a vampires thirst. They can now survive without the need to feed on humans ("need" being the operative word)."

The show which is currently in it's second season in the US premiered on FX on Friday the 17th of July. Repeat showings are every Sunday at 10pm so those that missed the premiere can catch it tonight. The show stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley and Nelsan Ellis.

Official UK Website (fxuk.com) | US Website (HBO)

Twitter: @TrueBloodFXUK | @truebloodnet | @TrueBloodHBO


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Trailer for Daybreakers which is written and directed by Michael Spierig and twin brother Peter Spierig. They where behind 2003's Australian cult zombie comedy horror Undead.

Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Sam Neill and Claudia Karvan star.

"Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race."

www.daybreakersmovie.com


UK trailer for director Chris Nahon live action adaption of Blood: The Last Vampire the now classic anime from 2000. French director Nahon previously directed Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon and Jean Reno in Empire of the wolves.

"A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise."

Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl, Uninvited) stars as government sponsored half breed vampire Saya. Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Koyuki and Colin Salmon also star.

The film opens in the UK on June 26th

*New International (UK) trailer added

Film Clips: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5

Blood: The Last Vampire - Poster

www.bloodthelastvampire.co.uk

www.bloodthelastvampire-movie.com

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Five: Overlooked and underrated vampire films

Ricardo from U.N.L.O.A.D.E.D gives us five overlooked and underrated vampire films.

Nadja1. Nadja

Pixelated imagery (shot with a toy pixel vision camera of all things) along with slick B&W cinematography pulled me right in.  This David Lynch produced flick mixes art film with horror and a nice dash of humor to boot.  Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) and her man slave arrive in New York City to claim the remains of their father, Dracula, who was taken out by Dr. Van Helsing played perfectly by Peter Fonda.  A young couple, Lucy (Galaxy Craze) and Jim (Martin Donovan) are pulled into Nadja's web of seduction which complicates matters as Jim is the Nephew of Van Helsing.  Enter Nadja's brother Edgar, who has no love for Nadja and things get even more dicey.  The film is an allegory about family dysfunction and while disjointed in parts, the style and unique approach to the genre won me over. Some may find this gem pretentious but I  just saw director Michael Almereyda trying to be unique in his delivery.  I also wanted to get my hands on that toy pixel vision camera but never found one.  Guess I could always try eBay.

Habit2. Habit

Nice little film by Larry Fessendem who wrote, starred and directed this one.  This film also takes place in New York City where Sam (Fessenden) plays a down on his luck guy that drinks a little too much and seems to be headed down the road to nowhere.  He's shabby but has his heart in the right place.  Things start going wrong when he meets an mysterious woman named Anna (Meredith Snaider) who doesn't fit the plastic definition of movie siren but delivers a performance that oozes with sex appeal.  They have wild, savage lovemaking sessions that involve some blood drinking. She'll only see him after the sun goes down, she mysteriously vanishes and suddenly appears in Sam's dreams.  Hmm..... somethings awry with this young lady.  Sam becomes isolated from his friends but Anna starts making some inroads with them as well during a countryside retreat.  There's a feeling of realism that this film is able to hold and capture quite well.  Matters of loneliness, addiction ad depression seem to be well represented here.  I was hoping to see more of Meredith Snaider in other films but this is her only one.  I read somewhere that she's a social worker. Too bad in a way, she had something and so does Fessendon with this one.

Vampyros_Lesbos3. Vampyros Lesbos

Lesbian vampires, what more could a movie fan want? This wonderful 70's cult gem by Jess Franco has so much vampiric sex and tripped out music that it reminded me of a spaghetti western on crack with vamps instead of cowboys and sex instead of gunfights.   The plot involves the stunning Countess Carody (Soledad Miranda) that has an appetite for female blood. Running around alleys and biting women is not her style.  She's got an island where she lures women to wine and dine them and then,  suck them dry.  The story focuses on Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stromberg) falling into the Countess's trap and later tries to escape the living hell that follows.  But that's not really the point either.  See this for the sheer outrageousness of it all.  The camera work, the music, the camp factor.  It must be seen to fully comprehend.

 

Graveyard_Shift4. Graveyard Shift aka Central Park Drifter

I'm not referring to the Stephen King adaptation circa 1990.  This blood sucking film came out in 1987.   While Vampyros Lesbos cashed in on 70's camp, this one made the most of 80's gloss.  The story isn't the best there is but has promise.  NYC Taxi driver Steven Tsepes (Silvio Oliviero) uses his graveyard shift  credentials to pick up women in despair with the desire to die. Once he's pinpointed the right candidate, he feeds on them in the back seat of the cab, thus turning them into vampires.  He falls for one of his converts, Michelle (Helen Papas), and her jealous ex-husband tries to take them both out.  In the meantime, his other female converts have begun to go on a rampage around the Big Apple and the body count starts going through the roof.  With a script that's in need of a few rewrites, the film still wins me over. The visuals are rich in color and lighting, the sex scenes are hot and ridiculous,  and the mood and atmosphere seem to hold for it's time on the screen.

Ravenous5. Ravenous

OK this isn't really a vampire film which may lead you to think I'm cheating but I don't think I am.  I'll explain.  The film is about Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pierce) who is transferred to an outpost in the middle of nowhere just after the Mexican-American War.  The top brass feel he was less than brave in defeating the enemy hence the demotion of sorts.  The outpost is filled with an eclectic group of soldiers and 2 Indians that help around the place.  It's not until a hysterical fellow by the name of Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle)  stops by and tells the story about how he and a party became stranded that the horror begins to unfold.  He had to consume the other members of the party to survive.  Boyd and the others stationed at the outpost must investigate the site where Colqhoun was to see if they're any survivors.  There is cannibalism, yes, but the lust seems to be more blood based with the flesh being more of a by product.  The elements of hunger, addiction, desire, over consumption and destruction that are rich in vampire lore are here as well.  The film tries to draw a parallel with these themes by doing a little blurb on the concept of manifest destiny.  A very interesting take on the history of how the USA came to be, but it's not fully explored.  No matter, this film is so overlooked that it's a crime.  If your a vampire film fan, looking for a well made film written with intelligence, this one will do very well.

So there's my 5. Sure there's lots of vampire flicks out there but these didn't seem to get a fair shake.  We've all seen "Interview" with Pitt and Cruise, "Blade" with Snipes, and a few episodes of "Buffy" here and there but these still stick in my mind after all this time.  And while I took a shot at writing my own vampire flick which I didn't like.

Buy them at amazon.com: Nadja | Habit | Vampyros Lesbos | Graveyard Shift | Ravenous

... more Late Fives

Read more from Ricardo at U.N.L.O.A.D.E.D and follow him on twitter @unloadedone


Blood: The Last Vampire - Poster

UK Poster for director Chris Nahon live action adaption of Blood: The Last Vampire

On the surface, Saya is a stunning 17-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old “halfling.” Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts.

When she is sent onto an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization she works for, Saya immediately senses that this may be her opportunity to finally destroy Onigen, the evil matriarch of all vampires. Using her superhman strength and her sword, she begins to rid the base of its evil infestation in a series of spectacular and elaborate showdowns. However, it is not until she forms her first human friendship in centuries with the young daughter of the base’s general that Saya learns that her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability for human connection…

Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl, Uninvited) stars as government sponsored half breed vampire Saya. Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Koyuki and Colin Salmon also star.

Blood: The Last Vampire - Trailer

www.bloodthelastvampire.co.uk 


The Living Dead Girl (La Morte Vivante)

A small van pulls up outside a recently vacated Château. The occupants carry barrels of industrial waste down into the catacombs beneath to dump. While down there, two of the men decide to rob the coffins of the houses former occupants, the recently deceased Catherine Valmont and her mother. While they pry jewels from the bodies a barrel of the waste tips over and the contents run towards the body of Catherine, releasing gas as it does so. The waste it seems has the unexpected effect of resurrecting the dead, now Catherine is back and she is terribly hungry!

Jean Rollin’s (Les Demoniaques, Requiem pour un Vampire), 1982 cult classic La Morte Vivante (The Living Dead Girl) finds him firmly in territory he loves, with yet another tale of lesbian vampires. This film how ever lacks some of the visual style and inventive locations of some of his other work. How ever the story itself is slightly tighter and more controlled, so while it loses in some area’s it gains in others.

Perhaps Rollins most visceral film, as it’s more definable as straight horror than his other more expressionistic, surreal, dark erotica. With simple yet fairly effective gory effects from Benoît Lestang who would go on to work on films such as Christophe Gans Brotherhood of the Wolf and Lars von Trier's Manderlay. The gore effect here are actually quite nasty as Catherine’s vampiric tendencies are surprisingly for a Rollin film anything but erotic (Unless you’re the kind of person that likes fried penis in garlic butter). No discrete puncture wounds in the neck here, Catherine’s blood lust has her desperately chewing and ripping you to bits to get at your blood.

The tale is a simple one taking place for the most part in and around the Châteaux which was Catherine’s former home. On awakening from the dead disorientated Catherine instantly falls upon the men dumping the waste chewing out there blood. She then wanders upstairs driven partly by memories of her former life and partly in need of a snack. Finding a young female estate agent and her lover sexually compromised Catherine one again indulges her new found taste for blood. It’s not long before Barbara, Catherine’s childhood friend, turns up and after getting over the mild surprise of finding freshly chomped bodies in the house she quickly renews their friendship. Barbara quickly decides to help Catherine live on by luring victims for her to poke to death with her very long fingernails and them munch on. Meanwhile a couple of meddling Americans (mainly the wife) decide in true 80’s cheesy style to investigate the strange girl they catch a glimpse of.

The Château itself is an imposing building, although Rollin refers to it as a castle, its more akin to what we in England would call a stately home or large manor house. The interior decor which is forms the majority of the films backdrop, looks like the kind of place where many and 80’s pornographic magazine shoot would have taken place. The acting is pretty reasonable for a Rollin outing with the lovely Francoise Blanchard adding and outstanding performance in the films final scenes. The one jarring downside in the way the special effects are edited in, with a drastic cut to special effect each time, but the effects themselves while very low tech practical make-up stuff are really fun.

While I did miss some of Rollins more stylish touches from some of his other work, the film itself is one of, if not his most enjoyable and you have to love those fingernails of death.

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