Salem’s Lot (1979)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Bonnie Bedelia
Storyline: Vampires invaded a small town as a small antique shop.
Review: I’m going to be honest I’m not a big made for TV fan but this one was not that horrible. The book was amazing (read this when I was younger) so I was hoping this would be an ok rendition. It was not great but it was watchable. The character Ben (David Soul) who was an author was played well as a man who came back to a dead end town to find that there is some terrible secret in the town. Bonnie Bedelia stole the show playing the Susan character you could feel that she wanted to get out of this vacant town and was very much in love with the Ben character.
Downfall of the film is the Mark (Lance Kerwin) character is extremely annoying and super childish for his age. The cool parts about him were the horror collector but outside of that stop your girl crying and fight like a man. Also it was too bad that the vampire in the film was a Count Orlock rip off. He looked great but they really could have come up with something more original.
Rating: Once again another low ball on a Stephen King novel film. Too bad as the book was very good, Bonnie Bedelia is worth watching but other than that it’s pretty slow and boring.
Director: F.W Murneau
Main Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schroder, Gustav Von Wangenheim
Storyline: Count Orlock purchases from real estate from an agent named Hutter. What he does not know is he is a vampire and has a craving for blood and for Hutter’s wife Ellen.
Review: We hit the silent era again for horror films. None are no greater known and better than Nosferatu. F.W Murneau takes the story of Count Dracula and changes it enough for copyright reasons (we blame Bram Stoker’s wife for this) to bring us the story of Count Orlock.
This film is very dark and captures the true darkness of the vampire. Unlike the later film Dracula. The castle shows the true gothic terror of the vampire, the work of shadows is well done (see the long claws sequence) and the lighting was used well (the close up of the rats in the coffin). Sure the make-up is over done but it was in most films of this age.
Count Orlock (Max Schreck) is amazing in this film, he took the character and made it believable. Thin, long faced, fangs, long talons and pointed ears he is a true monster of horror. The character is overly powerful for his size and he is true version of a vampire (see the scene with the coffin).
Rating: The music in this film is a killer as in mood killer but that could be the version I have. This movie is as classic as you can get as it is the true horror film of the silent period plus it is part of the German silent film era.
Country: South Korea
Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim
Storyline: A priest contracts a vampire like disease from a failed experiment and he must give up his faith for the longing of blood.
Review(Spoils): This movie was something fresh and different and I loved it. We have a simple priest (Kang-ho Song )who is battling his inner cruse for the lust of blood while at the same time falls in love with an innocent, beautiful young lady (Ok-bin Kim )who helps him with his other type of lust. The two lusts combine and now we two vampires with two different views of the undead curse.
This movie had love, lust, gore (bring on the blood), sex and even some funny scenes (like the scene near the end with the couple and the car). This movie was something new and fresh I recommend this movie out there if you do not mind subtitles.
Rating: This movie was surprise for me and it was totally fresh for the normal ghost tales and remakes that the industry has been jamming down our throat. My neck was wide open to this film; hope they do not mind alcohol in the system!
Director: Tod Browning
Main Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, John Harker
Storyline: The Count Dracula goes to London England to haunt the area and capture the young Mina to become one of his female spawn. The battle between Van Helsing and Dracula begins.
Review: I have seen this film so many times but lately I watched this on the big screen as it was playing due to the Halloween season. I love this movie even more now! Universal films bring us the story of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) who ventures from Transylvania to England to torment a young woman.This is the first film of Bela Lugosi playing the Count and he does and amazing job with the classic accent (which has been stolen many times over).
Tod Browning focuses on the eyes of Bela Lugosi to show the power that Dracula has with his intense gaze.The castle is huge and beautiful and the scene where Dracula walks through the cobwebs on the long high staircase leads you to the mystery of the dark vampire. The lighting for this black and white film brings the undead to life on the screen.
Mina (Helen Chandler ) the leading female of the film is innocent and beautiful and fits the role perfect to become Dracula’s leading victim. She plays the character up to become something more full of life after dark after her nasty encounter with Dracula. She did a very good job.
But the leading star of this film is the Renfield (Dwight Frye) character. The crazy and madman spawn that helped Dracula get to London. Dwight Frye steals the show with his acting and plays the looney who loves to eat spiders, flies and maybe even hurt little children (if you read into the hints in the lines he presents). Renfield is even scarier than Dracula himself.
Rating: This was at one time one of the Universal films that I want sigh sure whatever but after seeing it more and more I notice that I love it. Open a pint (of blood if you may) for the first main Dracula appearance on film and enjoy this classic horror film.