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Arrow Video Blu-ray: The Addiction

Director: Abel Ferrara

Writer: Nicholas St. John

Cast: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco, Paul Calderon, Michael Imperioli

Cert: 18

Running time: 82mins

Year: 1995


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What’s the story: New York philosophy student Kathleen (Taylor) is turned into a vampire after a nocturnal attack. Struggling with a new craving for human blood, she also comes to learn more about the nature of evil.

What’s the verdict: While Abel Ferrara’s cinematic cred may have expired some twenty years ago, during the ’80s and ‘90s there were few directors as raw, fearless and exciting as the Bronx-born madman.

The Addiction, his take on vampirism, is steeped in ‘90s touchpoints: AIDS, drug dependency, underclass anxiety, and comfortable middle-class ennui.

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Blu-Ray Review: Fright Night (1985)

Director: Tom Holland

Writer: Tom Holland

Cast: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark

Cert: 18

Running time: 106 mins

Year: 1985


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What’s the story: High school student Charley Brewster is convinced his new, debonair next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge is a vampire. Can he make anyone believe him before it’s too late?

What’s the verdict: Ah, the 1980s. When vampires were monsters and vampire films had sexual subtext without a glaze of wan-faced mopiness.

Released in 1985, a now-unthinkable time when vampires were passé and slasher movie villains sat astride the horror throne, little was expected of Tom Holland’s Fright Night...

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Girl-Walks-Home-Alone-At-Night---posterDirector: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour

Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Marshall Manesh, Milad Eghbali

Cert: 15

Running time: 101mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Striking and seductive vampire tale from debut feature director Ana Lily Amirpour. A mash-up of David Lynch weirdness, Jim Jarmusch monochrome cool and Sergio Leone’s exaggerated framing, it’s bold and inventive in its use of vampirism as a metaphor for female empowerment. Made in the US, but set in Iran and shot in Farsi, as debuts go it recalls the intoxicating weirdness of Rian Johnson’s Brick.

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The full verdict: Always nice to see a movie that does something out of the ordinary with horror’s most suave monster...

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What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows - posterDirector: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Writer: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Ben Fransham

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Just when the mockumentary format seemed to gasp its last, this comedy gem provides a big old transfusion of grade-A claret. A loose plot has a documentary film crew following four centuries old vampyr through various misadventures house-sharing in modern day New Zealand. Imaginative, witty, gory and a cult classic in the making, it’s fang-tastic fun – and you can take that to the blood bank.

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The full verdict: Vampires may be good at sucking billions in babysitting money off gullible teenage girls, but when it comes to the funny they usually reside in the comedy...

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Dario Argento’s Dracula

Dario Argento's Dracula - posterDirector: Dario Argento

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Rutger Hauer, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento, Miriam Giovanelli

Cert: 18

Running time: 106 mins

Year: 2012

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The lowdown: The one-time maestro of the macabre continues the gutting of his career with this bonkers, ham-fisted and laugh-out-loud adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale. Rutger Hauer and Thomas Kretschmann head up the typical better-than-Argento-now-deserves cast as Van Helsing and his plasma-guzzling nemesis, and while great fun if taken in the right vein the director of Suspiria and Profondo Rosso has been truly staked.

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The full verdict: Dario Argento’s Dracula. Thirty years ago an announcement that Italy’s premiere horror merchant would tackle fiction’s most infamous bad guy would have been a cause celebre...

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