Wednesday, October 31, 2007

No Trick...It's a Halloween Treat!

...Yes, I know. I'm so clever.

We have, for your listening pleasure, Video Revue #2: Ve Vant to Suck Your Blood! We discuss a Halloween dozen (13) vampire movies, along with 4 vampire TV shows.
Again, you can listen online or download to your computer. Have fun!

Are you looking for another great movie podcast? Subject:Cinema is the show that inspired me to give this whole podcasting thing a try. It's similar to Video Revue, except longer and with better sound effects (but just as weird as our show, trust me!). You should definitely check them out!

Show notes:
The sound clips were inserted in the show with the latest in "microphone-next-to-the-speaker" technology. The first one is from "Dracula: Dead and Loving It." The song clips are all from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 6. The episode is called "Once More, With Feeling," and there's also a soundtrack for the episode available. The final sound bite is from Moonlight, season 1, episode 4 ("Fever") available on iTunes for $1.99 or you can watch it for free on

I just love the vampire genre. There are just so many things you can do with the idea--every movie, TV show, or book interprets the Dracula myths differently; sometimes they're all true, sometimes most of them aren't--but I have noticed that I've had more success finding TV shows as opposed to movies that I really like. I think that's because you can do so much more in a TV show; if your main character is several centuries old, you've definitely got enough material there for more than a 2-hour movie.

There was a "sequel" to Interview With the Vampire called Queen of the Damned. I put sequel in the Dr. Evil quotes because it had only one character from Interview and none of the same actors, but it was based on the 3rd book in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. They completely skipped over the 2nd book, The Vampire Lestat. Which I really don't blam them for; there's a lot of good stuff in Lestat but at times it gets almost Oedipal (he turns his mother into a vampire, and suddenly she's young and beautiful again...)

I adore Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but there is one major problem I have with both shows: the Buffyverse Relationship Formula.
Step 1: Get two characters together. Drag this out as long as possible.
Step 2: Break them up, painfully.
Step 3: Get them back together. Again, drag this out. As soon as they're happy...
Step 4: Kill one of them!
(Optional--Step 5: Bring dead character back; lather, rinse, repeat)

And there are variations on this, of course; you can have on-again-off-again relationships where someone dies as soon as they commit to each other, or the character who's sick and then dies just when the doctor says she's going to be fine. Or the love triangle that spanned seasons 3-5 in Angel, and when the girl FINALLY ended up with the guy she should've been with all along anyway, she died. And then her body was taken over by a former hell-god. But that's another story.

One final note: most times, vampires are either creepy or seductive...but I think the best character is one who's both...

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