Vampires in films
Vamps in films, scary or sexy you decide?
The 1931 vampire horror movie Dracula was directed by Tod Browning, produced by Universal. It is based on the stage play of the same name by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Starring in the film is Bela Lugosi who plays Dracula, Helen Chandler as Mina, David Manners as John Harker, Dwight Frye as Renfield, Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing, Herbert Bunston as Dr Seward, Frances Dade as Lucy, Joan Standing as Nurse Briggs/Maid and Charles K. Gerrard as Martin.
Renfield a British lawyer travels through the Carpathian Mountains by stagecoach. The passengers of the stagecoach are apprehensive that the coach will not reach the local inn before dusk. Arriving there in one piece before sundown, Renfield refuses to stay at the inn and asks the driver to take him to the Borgo Pass. The innkeeper and his wife seem to be troubled by Renfield’s destination, Castle Dracula, and they warn him about vampires…
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror/ Nosferatu is a usual 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok.
The film was shot in 1921 and came out in the year 1922, it was an illegal adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel, names and other details had to be changed in light of this.
This film has basically the same plot as the Dracula film (see above).
3. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is a 1974 horror film (this film is so not scary but it’s still an interesting watch) produced by Hammer Studios and Shaw Brothers Studio. The film was released in North America in an edited version as The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula, and otherwise known as The Seven Brothers and Their One Sister Meet Dracula. (Rather long title and a bit unnecessary really but that’s just my opinion.)
It is everything you would expect from a Hammer film but it’s got kung foo in it.
Yep you did read that right.
Professor Lawrence Van Helsing played by Peter Cushing, gives a lecture in 1904 at a Chongqing university on Chinese vampire legend. He speaks of a mysterious rural village that has been terrorized by vampires for many years. After the lecture, a student played by David Chiang, informs him that the legend is true and that he knows the how they can get to the village. He then asks Professor Van Helsing if he would come to the village with him and his brothers and sisters and obliterate the vampire threat……
4. London After Midnight
London After Midnight/ The Hypnotist is a silent mystery film with horror overtones produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in1927. The film stars Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Conrad Nagel, Henry B. Walthall, and Polly Moran and was directed by Tod Browning. It is belived to be a lost film, quite possibly the most famous and most wanted of all lost films. The last known copy was destroyed in a fire in an MGM film vault in 1967.
Sir Roger Balfour is found shot to death in his home. Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. The suspects are Williams (the butler), Sir James Hamlin and his nephew, Arthur Hibbs. A suicide note is found and the case is supposedly closed.
Five years later, the old residence of Balfour is taken up by a man in a beaver-skin hat, with large fangs and gruesome, sunken eyes. His assistant is a ghostly woman, with flowing robes and raven black hair. Could it be Balfour, returned from the dead?
5. Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American drama horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. The film focuses on Lestat and Louis, opening with Louis’ change into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The film records their time together, and their turning of a twelve year old Creole girl, Claudia, into a vampire. The account is framed by a present day interview, in which Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter.
The film stars Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst, with Antonio Banderas and Stephen Rea co-starring. The film was released in November 1994.