Tag: vampires

Full Moon Features: Santo y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo

A blue moon only comes along once in a blue moon, so to complement this month’s, I am highlighting 1973’s Santo y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo. (more…)

CS-UGH (in which I get cranky about werewolves on TV)

Oh good, CSI creator/writer Anthony Zuiker just told Deadline that they’re planning an episode for the original, Vegas-based show “about a vampire and werewolf convention”. You can tell he’s on a real creative roll because in the same paragraph he mentions Justin Bieber and a shark in a swimming pool. This is going to be fucking great. I’ll have to make room for that on my DVR, along with all those episodes of “The Gates” and “Vampire Diaries” I’m watching while I BeDazzle another “Team Jacob” t-shirt to sell on Etsy. Seriously, get Rob Zombie to direct that CSI episode or don’t even bother squeezing Laurence into that suit.

Won’t someone please bring werewolves to North American prime time TV in a way that celebrates and enjoys the horror roots of the monster? The closest thing to a horror werewolf we’ve got on TV right now is a show about a serial killer / lab geek in the Miami Metro Police Department. I love you, Dex, but I’d love you even more if you were all about fur and claws instead of rubber aprons and bone saws.

I’m cranky. I’m going to have some tea and listen to some old Mighty Boosh radio shows.

Trailer for “Vampires Suck”: I will see this movie on general principles

It’s basically a “Twilight” spoof by the same people who did “Scary Movie” and its sequels, “Disaster Movie”, “Date Movie”, “Meet the Spartans”, etc. I will still be seeing it because I identify strongly with its message.

Hat tip: Graham T

Book Review: Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies: Compendium Monstrum

Imagine a beautifully frosted, perfectly decorated cake. Lovely to look at, but under all that carefully-sculpted sugar lay three slabs of Betty Crocker Cherry Chip that should have been mixed better and baked half an hour longer. That, in a nutshell, is Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies: Compendium Monstrum by Suzanne Schwalb and Margaret Rubiano: it looks delicious, but the insides are a little lumpy and uneven.

I pulled this book out to read while at a beach party (yeah, I’m boring) and I had to pass it around to four or five people before cracking the cover myself. Everyone who saw it was immediately intrigued and wanted to see it for themselves: a tiny matte black book with an ornate gold and red design on the cover and a bright red ribbon for marking your place. The pages are yellowed and printed to look textured without looking cheesy, and the interior page layouts are moody yet crisp. And the maps! Each of the major sections begins with a fold-out map marking locations of interest. The overall design work is excellent. All credit to Rubiano, who laid the pages out– the book looks good.

Out With The Furballs, In With The Fangs

I’ve given it a lot of thought, and there’s just no denying the truth anymore: I’m sick of werewolves. They’re boring. They’re silly. They’re ugly and hairy and dumb, and no amount of highbrow back-to-nature hippie crap can redeem them in the face of what we all know to be true: vampires are awesome. (more…)

Be a Royal Army Werewolf in Battlefield Heroes

If WolfTeam‘s too intense for you, you can still get your first person shooter werewolf action in Battlefield Heroes, which has introduced werewolf and vampire sets with which to trick out your heroes. If you want to rock Grim’s Varg werewolf set you’ll need to have a hero in the Royal Army and 1,800 Battlefunds to spare. Your purchase will gain you these fine items, plus a Wold Howl gesture and a Claw Attack:

Werewolves and Vampires Duke It Out In New York Magazine – Roukas Dissects the Radness and Ramifications

Werewolf Vs. Vampire by Bryan Baugh.

This month’s New York magazine features a short article on werewolves by Jeff Vandam. While the “article” is only a page long, and while I would sooner expect The New Yorker to run a feature on Rambo, I was nevertheless happy to see some lycanthropic goodness in a mainstream magazine. Unfortunately, the article quickly becomes a classic werewolves vs. vampires retro-drama. Guess what? Count Chocula wins, and Edward Cullen wins the mark of cultural favor over David Naughton’s David Kessler and Jack Nicholson’s Will Randall. And while everyone is allowed to have a personal preference when it comes to monsters, I believe that the hairy-handed gents are made out of culturally richer and more enduring stuff than vampires are.

“Bring It.” Season 2 of Craig and the Werewolf

It’s Christmas Eve, so it’s not really time to open presents yet, but here’s a little something I’ve been saving for you since November. I want you to have it now, because, well, it’s the season of giving. Craig and the Werewolf is back for a second season of laughs and awkward werewolf – vampire tension. Five more episodes, aw yeah. Make sure to start from the bottom (episode 6) and work your way up to episode 10. Thanks to Absolute Disaster for keeping it alive!

Dracula & Wolfman Used Game Emporium

Today’s Penny Arcade! comic proves once again that when it comes to marketability and positive brand association, werewolf beats vampire every time. Having said that, I would probably skill be reluctant to buy a new DS game from either of these guys.

Bruce Campbell Possibly Involved in Werewolf Biker Film

FEARNet has done an interview with Tony Luke Jr. in which he reveals that he’s written and starring in a werewolf / vampire / biker movie called Ride Into Terror, and that it might, just might also star Bruce Campbell.

The next film that I’m working on is a film that I wrote with my son Michael called Ride into Terror, which is such a great script. It’s very Quentin Tarantino-ish. It’s about werewolves and vampires and bikers and hot biker chick strippers… I have very dear friends of mine who are in touch with him [Campbell] and they’ve read the script and said, “Tony, Bruce would do this in a minute.”

So Bruce’s involvement isn’t a lock yet, but let’s hope it happens! Thanks to ArcLight for the tip.