Thursday, July 28, 2016
First published: 2016
The blurb: The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?
The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew—and daring to dream of a hopeful future.
But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy—humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.
One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.
The review: The final part of Justin Cronin’s epic post-apocalyptic trilogy that began with the Passage and was followed by the Twelve and, from the previous volume, the Twelve are believed destroyed by Amy (who turned fully viral to do so) but that is not the case. One of the Twelve and Amy have survived and are hidden within a tank of water – hiding not from the human survivors but from the source of the plague – Zero.
Unbeknown to humanity, Zero is in the ruins of New York and, as we discover, an unexpected submerging in water has altered the physiological changes he suffered through the virus and he has become human like again – with a susceptibility to sunlight and fangs the main tells of his condition.
But, for humanity, life begins to take on a semblance of pre-viral normality. The book moves us forward in time (and ages our main characters of course) as eventually defences are lowered and humanity begins to spread outwards – in time for zero to make a move against the world.
Cronin’s eye for minutia and his love of non-linear story-telling takes us back into Fanning’s life – the man who would become Zero – and the end of the book takes us a millennium forward. There are mystical aspects that just are and work because they just are, building the epic quality of the story. This series cannot be praised too highly for me, strong writing, strong characetrs and epic stories combine to create one of the best vampire series not of the 21st Century but ever.
I gave the other two volumes very respectable 9s when I reviewed them. This rounded everything so perfectly it gets a rare 10 out of 10. Essential.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
It was written and directed by Viðar Víkingsson and it was set in a TV studio where night watchman Runolfur (Rúrik Haraldsson) is utterly convinced the studio is haunted by a red haired ghost, to the point that he starts whenever he sees any woman with red hair. From the start we know something is going on when a photographer develops a picture of the model, with Runolfur by him, and the face of the ghost superimposes over the photo, eventually turning the print black. The negative is normal.
|Rúrik Haraldsson as Runolfur|
|dressed as a vampire|
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Release date: 1995
The Munster’s original series was pretty much a favourite of mine and spawned two films starring (mostly) the original main cast. Munsters Go Home worked fairly well but the eighties’ the Munsters’ Revenge didn’t work so well, unfortunately.
There were two more movies with different casts. I have already looked at the 1996, and average holiday vehicle, the Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas, but this one, from the year before, has languished in the “to watch” pile for too long. Again this had a different cast, though it did have a pleasing cameo of original cast members.
|Christine Taylor as Marilyn|
|original cast members|
|fangs on show|
The imdb page is here.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
From Dusk til Dawn, the Lost Boys and 30 Days of Night. The designs are the sort that they speak to other fans of the film, rather than just carrying the title.
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We will now return to our regular programming.
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Release date: 2005
There is perhaps something postmodern about a group of filmmakers making a rubbish horror film about a bunch of filmmakers making a rubbish horror film but that is about the best thing I can say about this.
The fact that it is a film full of cliché is perhaps not as distracting as the poor photography and insistence on using cgi effects that look, well quite frankly, a bit rubbish. That said, they have done something I couldn’t do, make a film, so perhaps the criticism is a bit harsh?
|Lynne Jacobellis as Emma|
|Dexter and Travis|
|Invisible on playback|
The imdb page is here.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
In this particular sequence it is Transmutasanguivoriphobia or fear of becoming a vampire. The shorts themselves are silent and feature Figaro and his robot dog Rivet. There is a Tim Burton-esque quality to the shorts.
|the vampire film|
|Figaro as a vampire|
Fun, snappy and just a little bit Burton-Goth. The episode's imdb page is here.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Director: Babak Payami
Release date: 2016
This US/Canadian film seemed to come out of nowhere. Not a horror film it isn’t exactly a romance either and firmly concentrates on one part of the vampire mythos – reflections.
It always seems that a focus on themes in different vehicles come at around the same time and I was reminded, as I watched this, of Therapy for a Vampire as that had a similar theme of reflection within it. However, this is a very different film.
|Luke Grimes as Max|
|blood at mouth|
|painting in the club|
The imdb page is here.