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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

After 'Twilight': Where Do Vampires in Pop Culture Go From Here?

If Dracula wrote the book on the modern vampire fiction, Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer's four Twilight books (and their five film adaptations) have given it an enormously unfaithful, enormously successful rewrite. Even before the release of Breaking Dawn--Part 2, the Twilight franchise had earned $2.5 billion dollars at the worldwide box-office, and Breaking Dawn--Part 2 is on track to make hundreds of millions more.
2013-04-14 13:34
T · Anne Rice · Bram Stoker · Buffy · Dark Shadows · Dracula · Joss Whedon · Lestat · On the Page, Stage and Screen · Stephenie Meyer · True Blood · Vampire Chronicles
Nooooo.... sparkly vampires!

Should vampires sparkle?

Vampires are definitely in vogue right now. Browse through any bookstore's racks and you'll find a score of novels with ‘vampire' in the title. This theme is especially notable in the young adult lit sections, where the reader will observe pieces such as the Twilight series, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Academy and, my personal favorite, Vampire Beach. Has anyone noticed a trend?
2011-10-31 18:58
T · Angel · Anne Rice · Bram Stoker · Buffy · Dracula · Joss Whedon · On the Page, Stage and Screen · Stephenie Meyer · Vampire Chronicles · Van Helsing
Nosferatu (1922) Max Schrek

Nosferatu: the classic silent film

A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!
2010-05-18 10:04
T · Dracula · On the Page, Stage and Screen
Blacula (1972)

Black Vampires in Film

Vampires have always been known as seductive creatures of the night They have pale skin, glowing eyes, and very sharp sexy phallic like fangs. When one says vampire they often think of the very dark Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire, and of course the beautiful vampires in the Twilight movies. But so often there are another group of vampires that are often overlooked- Black Vampires. They are very sensual and sexy creatures. They range from the blaxpoitation of early film to very strong lead characters such as Blade.
2010-02-23 18:15
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Have vampires been a socialization tool for the last two generations?

The last two decades have brought about a welcoming of vampires in society. Long gone are the days of children cowering in the dark from fear of the vampire. The 1970’s opened the door to change that not only affected the image of the vampire but how we accepted them into our lives.
2010-01-10 13:43
T · Anne Rice · Bram Stoker · Dark Shadows · Dracula · Forever Knight · Halloween · On the Page, Stage and Screen · Vampire Chronicles · Van Helsing

Feminism, Twilight and the End of the World

Today I did a persuasive speech in my speech class on why everyone should be on Team Jacob instead of Team Edward, complete with pictures making my case. MLIT. -- from MyLifeIsTwilight.com
2009-12-08 11:16
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The history of Hammer Horror

Hammer Films’ first production was The Public Life of Henry the Ninth in 1934.
2009-03-19 16:57
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Barbara Shelley

Barbara Shelley (born August 15, 1933) is a British film and television actress, known as the true "first lady of Hammer horror." She was very active in the 1960's, appearing in a string of Hammer horror films.After working as a model in her native London, she began her film career in Italy in 1953.  But it wasn't until she returned to England that her film career took off, appearing in a number of Hammer movies.
2008-05-15 13:45
K · Featured · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Interview: Yuna Kagesaki

Japanese manga artist and creator of Chibi Vampire (Karin) Yuna Kagesaki made her first visit to an American anime convention at Sakura-Con 2008 in Seattle, Washington. At two panel appearances, Kagesaki-sensei answered questions from panel moderator and TokyoPop Senior Editor Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl and also answered questions from her fans in the audience.
2008-04-10 14:34
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

10 questions for Anne Rice

After vowing to never again write about Lestat, this best seller reveals she has one more vampire novel in her. Her newest religious book is Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.  Anne Rice recently engaged in an online chat to answer questions from fans.1. Do you ever plan to write additional books for the Vampire Chronicles series?
2008-03-11 11:44
K · Anne Rice · On the Page, Stage and Screen · Vampire Chronicles

Christopher Lee remains busy

It's difficult to believe that it's been 50 years since Christopher Lee thrilled horror fans with his portrayals of the Frankenstein monster, Dracula and the Mummy in a memorable series of Hammer Films.
2008-01-12 16:44
K · Dracula · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Shock horror at movie legend's honours snub

January 4, 2008 (Belfast Newsletter) -- Kylie Minogue, the Australian singer and soap actor whose brave battle with cancer inspired millions, is said to be "deeply touched" to get an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours, as, presumably, is Richard Griffiths, who starred as a crime-solving chef in Pie In The Sky.
2008-01-07 17:44
K · Dracula · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Comparative vampire mythology

A comparison of various popular sources for vampire lore against the myths of history. Do all vampire have fangs? Can all vampires reproduce? How do the popular vampires of the 20th century live and die and hunt and feed? S. A. Rudy takes a look at five modern vampire themes.
2008-01-03 18:41
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

A true legend

I am Legend. Duel. The Twilight Zone. Star Trek. Dracula. X-Files. One genius helped create or inspire all of them. Do you know his name?
2007-12-16 19:43
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Nosferatu: resurrection of the vampire

More than 80 years after its completion, FW Murnau's Nosferatu remains among the most potent and unsettling horror films ever made. Now released again in a fully restored version, with its original score available for the first time since 1922, it has lost none of its impact, unlike many of its imitators.
2007-10-28 19:56
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Fanged Films

Czechoslovakia, 1970
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
UK, 1976

From the Library

Elizabeth Miller is a well-known member of the vampire community. In addition to being a former Professor of English at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, she is President of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula - Canadian Chapter as well as Baroness of the House of Dracula. What was your first exposure to Dracula?
The Bat in NatureIndigenous to Central and South America, vampire bats live in a very strong social culture. The develop bonds with other bats in the colony, and learn to recognize each other through sound and scent. Vampire bats tend to live in caves, trees, or buildings. Their colonies can reach numbers of up to 2000 bats, but most colonies tend to house approximately 100 bats.

Drawn to Vamps?

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The Weird Vampire Mob
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The Card of Death