Monday, April 12th, 2021
Back in the late ’90s, being a superfan of the SHRUNKEN HEADS mythos, I was excited for a new Richard Elfman/Matthew Bright joint called MODERN VAMPIRES. I found it disappointing at the time – decadent L.A. vampires are not nearly as weird as flying severed head super heroes, so it didn’t make much of an impression. But since I revisited FORBIDDEN ZONE and SHRUNKEN HEADS in close succession this week I decided to also do this one. Now that it’s old I think it plays a little better as a b-movie piss take on the vampire movies that were being made at the time.
Or is that even what it is? When MODERN VAMPIRES went straight to video in the U.S. it was October of ’99 and the cover had a design style and not-screen-accurate fashion flagrantly copying BLADE, but it had actually premiered before both BLADE and John Carpenter’s VAMPIRES. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and Buffy the Vampire Slayer had already reclaimed bloodsuckers from Anne Rice, though, so I suppose that’s what they’re playing off of, if anything. Or maybe it’s just West Coast elite NEAR DARK. (read the rest of this shit…)
Tags: Brent Briscoe, Cedrick Terrell, Conchata Ferrell, Craig Ferguson, Danny Elfman, Flex Alexander, Gabriel Casseus, Jason Ross-Azikiwe, John Sencio, Kim Cattrall, Matthew Bright, Michael Wandmacher, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Natasha Lyonne, Richard Elfman, Rick Baker, Robert Pastorelli, Roberta Hanley, Rod Steiger, Udo Kier, Van Helsing, Victor Togunde
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Monday, December 5th, 2016
Krampus – the child-punishing anti-Santa Claus of Alpine folklore – is one of those things that a certain type of American nerd is a little too proud to know about. The same ones that make Cthulu jokes. But despite them it’s a good idea for a Christmas monster movie, and I think this one is good enough to reclaim the old half goat, half demon’s honor.
KRAMPUS came last year from director Michael Dougherty, the X2, SUPERMAN RETURNS and URBAN LEGENDS: BLOODY MARY writer who turned director with TRICK ‘R TREAT, the DTV anthology that seems to be growing into a minor Halloween tradition. I remember that being pretty good, but I think I liked this better.
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Tags: Adam Scott, Allison Tolman, Christmas, Christmas horror, Conchata Ferrell, David Koechner, elves, Michael Dougherty, Toni Collette, Weta
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