Favorite Dracula

September 11, 2009 at 1:54 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) (, , , )

Frank Langella as Dracula

Frank Langella as Dracula

My favorite Dracula movie is the Frank Langella version. I found he played an absolutely dreamy, sexy, seductive Dracula, far beyond the other Draculas. This is the Dracula for women, romantic rather than horror. Every woman desires to be Lucy, who Dracula seems to covet, perhaps actually love, rather than Mina who is just vamp food. Dracula seduces Lucy gently and lovingly, so that you ending up hoping that this time that things will be different and there will be a happy ever after.

But that seems almost a sin, a corruption of the original book, but I can’t name another vampire novel that is truly faithful to the book.

Released in 1979, director, John Badham, Cast included Frank Langella as Dracula, Kate Nelligan as Lucy, Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing.


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The Breed

September 4, 2009 at 1:06 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) ()

One of my favorite TV shows was Highlander starring Adrian Paul, so when a vampire movie starring him came out, I had to watch it.

The Breed is a very different vampire movie. It reminded me of the first movie of Alien Nation where two cops of different races are thrown together, distrusting each other at the onset, they learn to co-operate and come to respect each other. In this world, supposedly the future, but quite a strange future, that is almost Nazi or maybe behind the Iron Curtain, with WWII clothes, cars, propaganda blaring, vampires have come out of the closet. Now a vampire killer threatens to ignite the world in fear and paranoia. Two cops must track down the killer before chaos can erupt.

Adrian Paul makes for a dark, brooding, overly controlled, complex vampire, an ex-Jew whose family was killed by the Nazis. He plays the role well, if a little too dead.The other vampires are more interesting, more dark and sinister. And the humans almost stereotypical stupid and afraid.

It is a story of fear and prejudice, Jews, Negroes, with an unrealistically happy ending. But I did enjoy it very much, as much for its differences, for it is certainly different from the normal vampire fare.


Release Date: 2001
Cast: Adrian Paul, Bai Ling, Bokeem Woodbine, Zen Gesner
Director: Michael Oblowitz

First reviewed by Linda Suzane, April 11, 2002 http://www.midnightblood.com

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Halfway to Halloween

July 3, 2009 at 1:40 am (Darkhour Vampires, Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) (, )

Want to read a new Prane Emerson story? I was a guest blogger at  Belinda McBride’s Wyld by Nature Halfway to Halloween Party.


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Checking out History

May 25, 2009 at 1:43 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) ()

Cheslea Quinn Yarbro

Cheslea Quinn Yarbro

One of the interesting things about vampires is that they live a long time. One author has really made that an important part of her stories.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has been writing about the Count Saint-Germain since 1978, well over 20 books, each set in a different time period, going back as far as 2000 BC and up to modern times. Her books are definitely more historical novels than vampire horror books. Even back when vampire novels usually fell into the horror category, her vampire was a kind-hearted gentleman, a true prince among men and vampires.

To learn more about the series visit www.midnightblood.com

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Before Twilight

May 17, 2009 at 1:05 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) (, , )

Before Stephenie Meyer’s blockbusting Twilight series, another author wrote a great Young Adult vampire series.

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes published her first  novel at fourteen. Her vampire novels are classified as young adult, but there certainly isn’t anything juvenile about them. Her writing is mature, sharp and poetic. Her vampires are extremely well thought out and their world complex. The series is very loosely connected, set in the same world, but different characters. The only thing really Young Adult is their relatively short length, but adults will certainly enjoy them.  I recommend her Den of Shadows series

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