Monday, December 25, 2017

The Vampire (1957)



I don't want to serve as spoiler master here but the vampire portrayed in this flick is more akin to a werewolf in his cinematic transformation than the prototypical blood sucker. In fact, he is a werewolf minus the fur face. Everything else in his physical manifestation speaks to it save for minor blood drinking from the necks of his victims. Otherwise, it's not a bad movie. Considering the staid time frame that the picture was made it makes sense that more sensuous characteristics of the vampire were neglected in favor of an atypical physicality. Not a bad movie at all for the horror genre it just mostly fails as a vampire film.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)



It'd be fairly difficult to find a film goer who doesn't find this movie a masterpiece but for me Klaus Kinski is not the prime mover for such accolades. He's excellent in the weird mold of Dracula but for me the supporting cast shine brightest. Isabelle Adjani is brilliant alone in her facial expressions and husky aural iterations without much actual acting. Which is not meant to be a criticism but rather a compliment. I also thought that Bruno Ganz was quite good playing the part of the tragic blunderbuss quite convincingly. Plus he looks like Guy Lafleur and that's probably more important than Nosferatu himself. At least I think so. This was my second watching of this movie and I was surprised at how much more I enjoyed it on this go around.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Bloodsuckers (1970)



This film starts off precipitously porous of interesting content and then in between more badness attempts to interject an LSD orgy that falls just as flat despite the female nudity contained within it. Add a few arguments into the fray along with bouts of fisticuffs , low-level seduction and a doting man-crush brutha named Bob and you've got a bore fest on your hands. Though, I will say that if you stick it out to the end you will witness the best parts of this movie. Which isn't saying much but that's the positive spin for this dud.

1/2 broken fangs and a bag of stale garlic.