Classics, comment, Movies

When the monsters got you

With the release on DVD and Blu Ray of Jim Jarmusch’s woozily indulgent and chemically intoxicating existential vampire romantic comedy Only Lovers Left Alive (which I review here) the time is ripe for me wipe away the cobwebs, enter my blogger’s crypt, blow the dust of the lid and prise open the coffin of this undead archive feature on the vampire in film.

There is simply no more enduring monster in the horror genre than the vampire. That putrid late twentieth century pretender the zombie may have mounted a spirited campaign to usurp the vamp, but ultimately what is a zombie but a less gentile and refined distant cousin with messier table manners. Continue reading

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Home ents, Movies, new releases, Reviews

New on DVD and Blu Ray – Only Lovers Left Alive

Out now on UK┬áDVD and Blu Ray from the great Soda Pictures is Jim Jarmusch’s fantastic existential drone-rock vampire romance comedy Only Lovers Left Alive. Here is a link to my review of the film from last year’s London Film Festival for Verite.

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Movies, Reviews, scraping the barrel

Scraping the barrel – Chain Letter

Recently I was contemplating the postmortem implications of social media. Could a FaceBook page using timed content create the illusion of virtual life after death? Could you live on like Videodrome’s Brian O’Blivion in YouTube clips? Could a ghost haunt twitter like they do TV in Poltergiest?

This is the sort of stuff that occurs to a horror fan when their mind is idling. I tried to think of some good examples of social media horror. Unfortunately the one I remembered was an execrable slasher film called Chain Letter. Continue reading

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Movies, Reviews, scraping the barrel

Scraping the barrel – The Tapes

In a regular feature dear reader, I shall be posting some vintage reviews of the very worst DTV dreck it has been my misfortune to see over the past few years. I shall kick off with The Tapes, which sadly isn’t even the worst British found footage horror film I’ve seen. Continue reading

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