Tradition Evolved: Near Dark and The Vampire Revolution

Prior to the 1980s—with the exception of alternative vampire outings such as George Romero’s Martin and David Cronenberg’s sort-of vampire horror Rabid—there was very little in the way of genre deviation when it came to representing Western vampires onscreen.

Throughout the 60s and 70s, depictions of vampires tended toward the traditional, with Hammer Horror at the forefront of perpetuating the traditionally hammy genre template that favoured aristocratic, middle-aged evildoers comfortably ensconced in the Gothic revivalist period […]

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This Month in . . .1985 (December)

The first week of December would see a limited theatrical release for Golan-Globus thriller Runaway Train. Based on a screenplay by innovative Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, the movie is also notable for the debuts of Heat’s Danny Trejo and Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who would become a professional wrestler for a brief time in the late 1980’s after starring alongside Hulk Hogan in infamous WWF stinker No Holds Barred (1989). So badly received was the World Wrestling Federation’s first foray into the movie business that CEO Vince McMahon . . .

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Let’s Make Bad Decisions or How to Not Plan a Vacation- The Hollywood Edition

I realize this title is pretty verbose but I liked the sound of it so I will apologize beforehand. Now that I have gotten that out of the way, it’s almost the end of summer. However, there is still time to plan that critical vacay.

Let’s face it. You are overworked, underpaid and probably needing to slip away to some tropical paradise with cabana girls and boys sipping some sort of rum concoction or a nice, cool, refreshing Mojito […]

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