5 Vampire Movies You’ve Never Heard Of
Somewhere in the Great Book of Geek Law, there’s a rule that says that vampires have to rule pop culture about every 10 years or so. It was Anne Rice in the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was Vampire: The Masquerade and an explosion of goth music and fashion. In the aughts, it’s been Twilight, True Bood, The Vampire Diaries, and a cottage industry of vampire romance novels. It’s an old peasant myth that morphed into a villain in Romantic and Victorian stage and literature, only to become one of the most popular icons in the history of film. Vampires endure, allure, and frighten us. They stand at the nexus between our better selves and our endless fascination with evil, sex, and the freedoms of eternal life. They aren’t going away.
But, let’s be honest. Most vampire novels are awful, and the movies aren’t any better. I like to think that a little part of Bram Stoker’s soul is consigned to Hell every time someone buys a Twilight novel.After you get through the Universal and Hammer classics, the selection gets slimmer and you have to wade through a sea of knock-offs, softcore porn, and straight-to-video cash-ins. Often, you can find the best vampire films in the most unexpected places. And, for every Let the Right One In and Thirst, there are other treasures waiting to be unearthed deep in the independent and foreign sections of the video store (or Netflix, if you want). There, in the shadowy corners of cinema lurk the best vampire films you’ve never seen.
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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
What’s it about? While at a New York club, 15-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three tattooed teenagers — demon hunters called Shadowhunters. After meeting Shadowhunter Jace and being taken to his home at The Institute, mundane (human) Clary is attacked before being drawn deeper into the world of Downworlders — vampires, shapeshifters, and demons.
Will it make a good movie? We have no doubt that The Mortal Instruments could be the next big thing. Aside from The Hunger Games, it’s probably the most popular YA series out there right now, due to Clare’s accessible writing, epic romance, and relatable characters. Of course, the inclusion of all things supernatural hasn’t hurt — we all know vampires and co. are a big deal in the entertainment biz right now, and The Mortal Instruments incorporates all kinds of creatures into a world of hunters and their internal struggles.
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House of Night, vampire series is scripted for a movie
P. C Cast and her daughter Kristen Cast, has announced on PC’s blogspot that Marked, the first in the teen vampire series House of Night has has been scripted. P.C. mentioned that she has read the final script and loved it!
According to the website, the series is about “16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, OK, and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledgling vampyres like her. After she enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny— with a little help from her new vampyre friends.”
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