Here I will keep posted a list of films with dark gothic elmenets and occultic themes.
This was from the Horrorfest collection of movies, and it was a rather unique and interesting look at vampires, it was about a family doing their best to live ordinary lives, going to school and working jobs, but they happened to be vampires, which in this movie is portrayed as a disease which they have to cope with. No supernatural powers to help them out or magic. Only their own cunning as they try and fit in with the world and still survive.
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
This is a somewhat old movie I had come across one day on AMC, and because it is an older movie, it was a bit cheesy/corny, but on the other hand, I absolutely loved it, and I am still trying to hunt down the DVD for it. It was one of those movies that is delightfully bad.
I could not leave out this action packed Vampire thriller. A classic tale of good vs. Evil, and the vampric vampire slayer with a vengeance.
I rather enjoyed these movies. What could be better then bringing together our two favorite monsters. Living in secret among humans, two societies at war with each other. One of Vampires and the other Werewolves.
This was something of a favorite of mine, and quite uniquely done, as it brought together in one tale several classics. I thought this movie did quite well in merging the old with the new and was most enjoyable.
Of course we cannot forget the original classic, the silent vampire film. And perhaps one of the first vampire movies ever made (I cannot say for certainty if any were made previous to this one) but this is surely the most well known oldest vampire movie.
Wes Craven’s Dracula
Well it should be no surprise that I love Wes Craven, and he is one of my favorite horror directors, so I just had to mention his own Dracula films, I found them quite enjoyable.
Blood and Chocolate
This is a great Werewolf movie I thought, and I loved it, I found this movie to be thoroughly enjoyable. One of the things about this movie which I quite enjoyed, is that unlike most depictions of the Werewolf, it actually shows a Pact mentality much more akin to true wolves, rather then just a lone rampaging beast.
Another Wes Craven, this was a rather enjoyable movie, not one to be taken seriously, it was the perfect balance of camp and horror, enough so that it really did work to make a good film, as it did not try to take itself too seriously, and yet nor did it go over the top of just being completely cheesy.
From Dusk Til Dawn
This perhaps is not the best movie ever made, rather far from it, but I still enjoyed it in its own right, it was presented by the Crypt Keeper, for any who remember the old Tales From the Crypt, and it was cheezy, with bad lines and bad acting.
The Lost Boys
I cannot forget this one, I rather enjoyed it the first time seeing. It is an oldie, but all in all a goodie I would say.
The Beast Must Die
I just came acorss this older movie on AMC during Monster Fest, which I love, and it remeinds me of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game but with a twist, a wealthy game hunter gathers together a group of people each of whom had been implimented in a hienus craime and suspects one of them is a werewolf, and so he seeks to find out which one is to hunt it down and kill it for the ultimate experince
30 Days of Night
Yes I finally saw this moive, so I can officaly add it here, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I found it had a very unique take upon the vampire. It kept some classical elements, while in some reguards seeming more realistic, as realistic as something from lore and myth can appear. It was also shot in a very intresting and effective way I thought. I also loved the fact that the vampires spoke thier own langauge.
I did a full post on this movie, so I will not say much about it here, only that it combines concepts of two different typical horror film subjects in an interesting and original idea. And I really liked the way in which it was filmed.
An American Werewolf in London
Though it does have its camp moments, this is an old classic which is deserving of mention and should be included in any cannon of werewolf movies.
Serpent & Rainbow
An interesting though somewhat silly movie directed by Wes Craven who I love. It is about the practice of making zombies in Voodoo, and an anthropologist who goes to Hattie to find the method in which the “zombie” powder is made, hoping the process can be used for medical reasons to help people. When the corrupt Haitian government does not want the secret divulged, he discovers there is real magic at work.
A rather strange though interesting Korean film about vampires, there seems to be some elements of Anne Rice’s ideas played out within the film, but it still has its own rather unique take upon the subject. Something of a tragic love story tied in with the struggle of vampirisim. Though the way the film was editied at points did leave some moments in confussion within the film. It had a rather powerful if somewhat bazzar ending.