The latest vampire movie, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, opens Friday. This caps a rather otherworldly streak of vampire-related entertainment, including Twilight, HBO's True Blood and the CW's Vampire Diaries.
But that's not all, folks! The Twilight sequel, New Moon, is being hyped ad nauseam for a Nov. 20 release date. Lionsgate's Daybreakers, about a plague that turns everyone into vampires, will hit theaters in January 2010.
A Hamlet-inspired vampire flick, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, should be out next year. Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire is a 2000 movie that's been rerunning on The Disney ( DIS - news - people ) Channel. And just in case your jones for all things vampire isn't yet sated, you can suck up vampire-themed wine (True Blood Napa Valley Syrah, anyone?), vampire vodka, vampire chocolate, vampire coffee and so on.
Friday, October 23, 2009
From USA Weekend (it's almost Halloween so expect lots of articles)
Garlic, crosses, daylight and a good decapitation are supposed to be weaknesses for a vampire, but in today's pop culture, the modern bloodsuckers seem unstoppable.
It has been 112 years since Irish novelist Bram Stoker's classic, "Dracula," first swooped into European bookshops, a literary amalgam of the history of Vlad III Dracula, Prince of Wallachia (aka Vlad the Impaler), with a dash of Romanian folklore. That iconic character has given rise to many interpretations, from Bela Lugosi's and Christopher Lee's cinematic takes on "Dracula," to the vamps on the TV cult hits "Dark Shadows" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and even the Count on "Sesame Street" and Count Chocula of breakfast cereal fame.
These days, though, vampires are swarming like bats out of you-know-where, especially the mega-popular book-to-screen vamps of "Twilight," "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries." With more than 70 million books sold, Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series is a full-fledged phenomenon, particularly among teens. The first "Twilight" movie adaptation grossed nearly $200 million in theaters last fall, which bodes well for next month's sequel, "New Moon." "True Blood," based on Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels, completed its second season in September and is HBO's second-most-watched series ever, behind The Sopranos. And more people watched the debut episode of CW's "The Vampire Diaries" than any premiere in the network's history.
"I love to watch each generation find vampires and redefine them," says Ian Holt, the vampire expert who co-wrote the new sequel to "Dracula: The Un-Dead," with Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker.
A fan of horror films since the age of 5, when he first saw Lugosi's Count Dracula in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," Holt lists his five most influential vampire movies, in chronological order:
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