A Howling Good Time: A Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.03: “Bad Moon Rising”

By Carla Lee

[spoilers ahead]

This episode seems custom-made for me, combining a road trip for supernatural research and werewolves with a title which made me grin. Sadly, the song never showed up in the episode. Maybe it was too much of a callback to other werewolf stories and to Supernatural‘s use of it during a season finale. Happily, and probably coincidently, it aired in a week with not only a full moon, but a gorgeous harvest moon. Good …

IFPA Howling Good Time: A Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.03: “Bad Moon Rising”

Vampire Thursdays: The Vampire Diaries Top Fives

By Carla Lee

Top Five Things to Love About The Vampire Diaries Season One (and a Few Things to Hate)

5. Mood

Mystic Falls is deliciously gray and foggy and creepy. Sometimes, the music is a little ridiculous and takes away from the overall tone of the show, but there are some lovely melancholy or dangerous moments. Early episodes did a nice job of creating mini-horror movies in opening scenes, even if those scenes were fairly stereotypical (damsel in distress, …

IFPVampire Thursdays: The Vampire Diaries Top Fives

Lies and Lying Liars: Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.1: “The Return”

By Carla Lee

[spoilers ahead]

After a summer of anticipation, season two starts where season one ended, with Katherine-as-Elena’s scene with Jon, and I am pleased. I dislike his character so much, I was happy with a second chance to see Katherine cut off his fingers and stab him. Then it got even better! Elena rushes to Jon’s side, despite how he feels about her, and we get the first of many beautiful scenes in which Katherine lurks just behind …

IFPLies and Lying Liars: Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.1: “The Return”

Vampire Thursdays: Bloody Funny: Vampires and Comedy

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to another Vampire Thursday, as we explore the world of the undead this September.

Everything that was scary will eventually be funny. One need look no further than zombie movies to see that parody and humour eventually seep into horror. Vampires, by the virtue of being one of the oldest monsters to make it into cinemas, have a long history of being funny.

Early examples of vampires and humour come courtesy of the Abott and Costello …

IFPVampire Thursdays: Bloody Funny: Vampires and Comedy

TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/6/10

We had no spoilers column last week because Paula, who usually edits them, was out of town. This week, we continue with spoilers from V, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural:

V (Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

V has started shooting around Vancouver, including near the Art Gallery, which passes as everything in this city when it comes to TV and film crews. Pictures from these first days of shooting have surfaced, including images of people frolicking

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/6/10

Review: Anno Dracula

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Newman, Kim. (1992) Anno Dracula. New York: Simon and Schuster. 409pp. ISBN 0-380-72345-X

The joy of Anno Dracula, the first in a long-running alternate universe series in which Dracula defeated Van Helsing and rules over England, is in its use of fictional and real characters to populate Queen Victoria’s London. Dr. Jekyll (sans Mr. Hyde), Count Ruthven (from Polidori’s “The Vampire”), Count Orlock (from Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens), Carmilla, Lulu Schon (the temptress …

IFPReview: Anno Dracula

Review: The Dead Travel Fast

By Paula R. Stiles

Nuzum, Eric. The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.

Maybe I should have known better than to expect much from a book that cost me two bucks at the dollar store. But I’ve had good luck with the discount rack in the past. I even picked up a well-known history of the 1905 San Francisco Earthquake for the same price along with this one. Unfortunately,

IFPReview: The Dead Travel Fast

Review: Vampire Hunter D

by Amy Harlib

This review originally appeared on http://www.diversedvd.com

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Urban Vision Entertainment 2000). Written and Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi (Asahi Sonorama). Music by Marco d’Ambrosio. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R. http://www.vampirehunterdbloodlust.com/

Inspired by the fluidity and the visual intricacy of the magisterial Hayao Miyazaki, , a Japanese anime feature (for adults as one might guess from the title) recently released in limited distribution in the USA and shown …

IFPReview: Vampire Hunter D

Working Stiff: Vampire Professions

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Dracula made vampirism seem so easy: you buy a big castle, fill it with brides in flimsy nightgowns, turn into a bat once in a while. No bills to pay, no cards to punch. Who wouldn’t want to be immortal if the deal came with a title and a giant, gothic mansion?

An overwhelming of percentage of vampires are rich aristocrats: Le Fanu’s Carmilla, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint-Germain, Polidori’s Lord Ruthven, Anne Rice’s Louis de Pointe du …

IFPWorking Stiff: Vampire Professions

Review: True Blood, Season Two

By Paula R. Stiles

Having sudden access to free HBO for three months this summer, I decided to find out what the brouhaha was all about and check out True Blood. Written by Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, a series I could take or leave, it had been lauded up, down and sideways as smart and scary, groundbreaking and all that.

Well, it does pass the time for the most part; I’ll give it that. The …

IFPReview: True Blood, Season Two

Interview: Vee and Red [Vampire-Diaries.net]

Today, we talk to Vee and Red, the admins of fan site Vampire-Diaries.net:

[Book spoilers can be found in this interview]

IFP: Tell us a little about Vampire-Diaries.net. What was the reason for founding it?

V&R: The reason for founding the site was simple: we love these books, and we wanted to be sure they had a presence on the internet that would not be eclipsed by the TV series. We knew there would be a million …

IFPInterview: Vee and Red [Vampire-Diaries.net]

Vampire Romance: from Carmilla to Twilight

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The vampire has died. We must mourn the death of the vampire. The vampire of old, the evil that crept in the dark has been supplanted by a horde of impostors, a cadre of sparkling vampires and bland monsters which stare at us from the covers of romance novels. People blame this modern, romantic vampire phenomenon on Twilight. Twilight, they say, is guilty of spawning a generation of sympathetic, sexy vampires with very little bite …

IFPVampire Romance: from Carmilla to Twilight