Movie Review: VAMPYRES (2015) – remake that’s light on depth and heavy on languid lesbian softcore. If that’s your thing, go for it!

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If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a shitty vampire movie.  I’ve gone over this before in my reviews of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, and What We Do In The Shadows, all three of which are very good additions to the subgenre.  These movies are all very different to each other, with vampires being one of the only two elements that connects them.  This is the sign of a very flexible subgenre within horror, something I hadn’t explicitly considered before, though in saying that, I have maintained for years that horror itself is perhaps the most flexible of any of the genres.  I feel that there are very few aspects of the human condition that cannot be explored within it, and it is my preferred genre to write in exactly because of that.

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Movie Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – brilliant. does for vampires what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies

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I fully admit I put off watching this movie for quite some time.  Not that I wasn’t a fan of Flight of the Conchords, the HBO series starring Jemaine Clement, with some episodes written and directed by Taikia Waititi (the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) – no, it was a wholly illogical and unreasonable devotion to certain kinds of vampire movies that put me off this movie.  If you want to pop over to my reviews for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and Only Lovers Left Alive, that’ll give you the reasons why in better detail, but to sum it up: I’m a purist.

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Movie Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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You might know from reading my review of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (if you haven’t, go!  Now!) that I appreciate a good vampire movie, so, enthusiastic about said movie, I fast-tracked Only Lovers Left Alive written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, a movie-maker whose body of work I actually have very little experience of.  I know the name, of course, and I know he’s made a lot of movies, but any previews I’ve seen have never interested me too much.  I came to this movie because of the subject matter, expecting it to be arty and somewhat pretentious, and that’s exactly what I got.

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Movie Review: A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

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Having seen a short trailer for this about six months ago, and on one recommendation (I don’t know anyone else who’s seen it), I settled down to watch A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.  I knew it was a vampire movie, and that was definitely of interest to me.  My love/hate relationship with cinematic vampires goes all the way back to watching the Hammer movies that used to play late Friday nights on STV when I was a lad in Glasgow.  There have been some great entries in this genre –

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