Priest (2011) – Review

pVampires have existed alongside humanity since the dawn of time – a separate, nocturnal race of predators, building vast hives in service of their queen. For millenia, mankind has waged war against the vampire menace, and now, for the first time in history, there is peace.

Vampires exist only in reservations and will never emerge to menace us again. Priests – super-powered vampire slayers – have been forcibly retired. Humanity is safe and sound in vast cities protected by a benevolent ecclesiarchy that only limits freedom and does dystopic stuff for the good of the citizenry.

Obviously, everything is about to go horribly wrong.  Continue reading “Priest (2011) – Review”

Daybreakers (2010) – Review

daybreakers_posterI didn’t intend to watch Daybreakers. I was looking for a slasher film I hadn’t seen before, and found this film instead. It looked like a schlocky vampire film, and I thought that would scratch the same itch.

That’s not what Daybreakers is. Rather than being a fun, campy b-movie in the vein of Van Helsing or UnderworldDaybreakers is a surprisingly complex and polished film.

The film takes place in a world run by and for vampires. All houses and cars are fitted with shutters against the sunlight; walkways and tunnels connect all the buildings. Unturned humans are an increasingly small, hunted minority. When they are caught, they are farmed for their blood. Continue reading “Daybreakers (2010) – Review”

Dracula Untold (Review)

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold is an interesting combination of two genres – it’s a vampire film, but one with all the tropes and trappings of a superhero origin story.

Instead of focusing on the traditional Dracula story, with Harkers and Carfax and Whitby, the film focuses on Dracula as a human, and his transformation into a creature of the night.

The trailer is below.
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