Blumhouse Introducing FAMILY BLOOD, Let's Revisit Tangential Vampire Flicks
Blumhouse has covertly announced a new project. While the company is a titan in the genre, for every Insidious they have a Jessabelle up their sleeve. Actually, you know what, I just want to quickly remind everyone here to watch Sleight because it's really god damn good. Go watch Sleight.
The production company hasn't forgot it's roots and they continue to source the entertainment industry for all sorts of great talent and stories. The newest is Family Blood. While not much is known, the movie launches for one week theatrically, in Hollywood alone, before it's sure to land on blu or some sort of VOD or streaming service. Not much is known about the movie but a summary does exist.
"Ellie, a recovering drug addict, has just moved to a new city with her two teenage children. She has struggled to stay sober in the past and is determined to make it work this time, finding a stable job and regularly attending her meetings. Unfortunately, new friends, a new job, and the chance of a new life, can't keep Ellie from slipping once again. Her life changes when she meets Christopher - a different kind of addict - which forces her daughter and son to accept a new version of Ellie."
The summary coupled up with a few photo stills with people holding stakes makes us think this MIGHT be some sort of vampire movie, or at least, a take on the vampire sub-genre. The cast is fun, including Vinessa Shaw (Hocus Pocus) and James Ransone (Sinister) and Blumhouse does have a solid track record so we'll be sure to keep you updated on the film. Directed by Sonny Mallhi, director of Anguish and producer of a murderer's row of good horror (The Strangers, Possession, At The Devil's Door), it's great to see newer directors getting a spotlight. Until the release, to QUENCH YOUR THIRST (I so went there) here are some other quasi-bloodsucker movies for you.
Perhaps the most interesting vampire in world folklore is the jiangshi. Part zombie, part bloodsucking fiend, and controlled by black magic, the jiangshi originates from China and is notable for hopping. Yep - hopping freaking vampires. During the 80’s, there was a small boom in films featuring these creatures that came out of Hong Kong, most of which integrated kung-fu sequences and wacky comedy. Mr. Vampire and its sequels are the best the genre has to offer, and you owe it to yourself to check them out. (Kieran Fisher)
Michale O'Shea's urban horror take on vampires is a brilliant coming of age story as well as a smart and thoughtful look at class struggle. Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine deliver all too believable performances and Ruffin will have you second guessing yourself until nearly the climax. It uses mania in with medical precision, plus, Larry Fessenden has a cameo. Can't go wrong with that. (Ryan Larson)
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Based on the bestselling novel by the same name, this haunting tale is set in scenic snowy Sweden in the early 80s. Twelve-year-old Oskar is bait for the local bullies, a misfit who fantasizes about taking revenge on those who've wronged him as he navigates a broken home life and trouble at school. One night he meets his new neighbor Eli and the two become fast friends, each combating their personal demons and loneliness and coming together out of sheer desperate need for contact. Eli's little secret is, of course, that they are a vampire, and Oskar must decide if Eli's thirst for blood is worth the price of newfound friendship. A heartbreaking, beautiful, and elegant horror film, its American remake "Let Me In" is also strong and features a young Chloe Moretz as Eli. (Amanda Rebholz)
Vampires. Philosophy. Addiction. Abel Ferrara’s New York fable tells the tale of a philosophy grad student (Lili Taylor) who’s bitten by a vampire and coming to terms with her new lifestyle which includes frequent craving for human blood by following the philosophy of a fellow nocturnal comrade (Christopher Walken). Lili Taylor kills it as always, and Christopher Walken savagely says the word "nothing" more convincingly than anyone. Ever.. (Ian West)
LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM
Ken Russell's sexually charged fairy tale plays on the iconoclastic relationship between respectable British society and pagan traditions. During a celebration of the local myth of the d'Anton Worm, a vampire worshipping the phallic serpent seeks to resurrect it, seducing the conservative locals and turning them into snakelike, bloodthirsty creatures like herself. Filled with hallucinations of crucifixion orgies and strap-ons carved in stone, Lair of the White Worm is a decidedly different vampire tale based on a story by Dracula author Bram Stoker. (Nat Brehmer)
George Romero will go down in the annals of film history as the creator of The Night of the Living Dead and pretty much the godfather of the zombie genre. Often overlooked, however, and dubbed by the man himself as his favorite film (also his first collaboration with Tom Savini), Martin is a brutal exploration of the monsters inside all of us. Criminally hard to find still, if you can get your hands on a copy, it's a must watch. (Ryan Larson)
The first of Guillermo Del Toro's many unconventional vampire tales, Cronos finds an aging antique dealer return to youthful vigor after coming into contact with a mysterious scarab-shaped mechanical object. The device sheds him of his wrinkles and his weakness, but instills in him a thirst for blood, which worries his concerned granddaughter. As with nearly all of Del Toro's films, this is at its core about the relationship between two people, in this case, a girl and her grandfather. Though very different from The Shape of Water, it is fundamentally about finding love and sympathy for monsters. (Nat Brehmer)