The vampire film subgenre is heavily represented on the Amazon Prime platform on the series side; much more in fact than on the cinema side. That said, we still managed to extract five works on this theme. For young and old.
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993)
Seriously weighed down by a series of bitter failures in theaters since the painful shooting of his film Coup de coeur, for which he will take twenty years to pay off the debts, it is precisely with his Dracula that the immense Francis Ford Coppola will get back in the saddle. and repay its creditors, with the big success of the film. And that’s only fair. If the indestructible myth of the vampire count, born under the pen of Bram Stoker, has been revisited more than 200 times on the screen, the version delivered by Coppola is undoubtedly the one that is most faithful to the original work. The filmmaker’s differs from many of the earlier versions in that, much like in the novel, Dracula first appears as an old man, and rejuvenates as the film progresses, thanks to his consumption of blood; faithful in this to one of the key phrases repeated in the film: “Blood is life!”
Wrapped up in a sumptuous staging, shot entirely in the studio, the film is a formidable sum of talents giving birth to an authentic masterpiece. The costumes already, signed by the immense and late Eiko Ishioka, whose work was rightly rewarded with an Oscar. The quality of the visual effects and special effects, still made in the old fashioned way, at a time when the whole CGI had not invaded the screens (and incidentally signed by the filmmaker’s son, Roman Coppola). The quality of the interpretation of a cast in unison, dominated by the masterful and breathtaking performance of Gary Oldman in the title role, supported by a tasty Anthony Hopkins who plays his lifelong adversary, Professor Van Helsing. And how not to mention the extraordinary, hypnotic soundtrack, which has haunted the memory of more than one cinephile, composed by Wojciech Kilar? The same who delivered another soundtrack thirteen years earlier, also fabulous, for a film that went down in history: The King and the Bird. If there is only one adaptation of the work of Bram Stoker to see, it is certainly this one. You know what you have left to do…
The Little Vampire (2017)
Let’s start straight away by clearing up any misunderstandings. This is not a possible adaptation of the comic book series created by Joann Sfar, which finally went through the TV box in a series broadcast in 2004. The film by Richard Claus and Karsten Killerich is based on the work (very abundant) of the German novelist Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. A saga that was born in 1979, recounting the (mis)adventures of a young boy passionate about vampires, Anton Kamenberg, who befriends a child vampire, Rüdiger von Dentkreuz. Here, the little vampire is obviously not a bloodthirsty monster, but an endearing, fearful and naive being. Be that as it may, his literary saga for young people is an authentic best seller, translated into 30 languages and sold over ten million copies.
The animated film available on Amazon Prime tells the story of Rudolph, a 13-year-old little vampire, whose clan is threatened by a famous vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal child of the same age as him, fascinated by old castles, cemeteries… and vampires. Tony will help Rudolph in a battle against their enemies, to together save Rudolph’s family and become friends. The film certainly does not shine by its originality. But the humor and twists of the story are there; young children should enjoy this rather neat animated film. Something to make them have a good time, and that’s the main thing.
Blade 2 (2002)
The Blade trilogy is available on Amazon Prime, but above all we recommend the second opus, directed by Guillermo del Toro. When the first part was released in 1998, almost no one expected any success from this story adapted from a comic book from the Marvel stable, evoking the bloody misadventures of Blade, half man half vampire, who swore to exterminate to the last these bloodthirsty creatures who killed his mother and infected him. Not happy to be ultimately a great success at the Box Office, the first opus above all helped to pave the way for the colossal rise of superhero films in the cinema. It is even thanks to him that an X-Men or even Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man could thus be started, with the success that we know.
For this second opus, New Line had the brilliant idea of entrusting the production to the Mexican, who had made his debut on American soil with Mimic, and who has a strong visual identity. Here, by mutual agreement with the producer, the filmmaker had free rein. The result turns out to be absolutely enjoyable, much more successful than the first part released four years earlier. The star creatures of Blade 2, the Reapers, are as repulsive as they are charismatic and neat; Wesley Snipes slices and shoots with even more class and humor than the first film. And the work of the filmmaker even splits, thanks to an innovative process, baptized the L Cam, able to move freely to follow Blade’s frenetic action, series of completely crazy shots, seeming straight out of a video game or a Japanese anime. Guillermo del Toro is having fun like a kid with his new toy, and so are we!
Twilight – Chapter 1: Fascination (2009)
Brief flashback sequence. Released on our screens at the beginning of January 2009, the first part of the Twilight saga had attracted more than 1.9 million spectators in one month, to end its career in theaters with 3.7 million admissions. The tetralogy written by author Stephenie Meyer, which recounts the impossible love between the vampire Edward and the chaste high school student Bella, crossed the bar of two million books sold in France. A drop of water in a global fervor around the saga, read by 42 million people around the world. New standard of stamped literature Young AdultTwilight was hitting hard.
It is an understatement to say that this re-reading of Romeo and Juliet in the land of the vampires also experienced the reverse of its success, arousing waves of criticism and mockery, not to mention the many parodies. An almost embarrassing success for its star duo, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, summoned to reinvent themselves so as not to remain stuck for eternity in their respective roles. Which they more than largely succeeded in doing, brilliantly. 100% Americanizing the figure of the vampire, which until then had been an import from Central Europe, but also sanitizing the myth, Twilight depicts vampires who no longer have to kill to survive. If you completely missed the cultural phenomenon of the saga and you haven’t seen any film (yes, it’s possible!), you have the opportunity to do a little catch-up session and get your opinion.
Dark Shadows (2012)
It was only a matter of time before Tim Burton and his immoderate taste for all things gothic and the strange set his sights on an adaptation of the cult TV series Dark Shadows, broadcast between 1966 and 1971 on the American channel ABC. For 1225 episodes, viewers have been able to follow the adventures of the Collins family in this fantastic soap opera. But in its early days, the series was devoid of monsters and other ghosts. For example, it took a year for the iconic vampire character Barnabas Collins to appear on screen for the first time.
Resolutely taking the path of comedy, unlike the series, Burton seems delighted to shoot in front of something other than green screens, after having delivered his version of Alice in Wonderland for Disney. In a fantastic “hard” setting represented by the family mansion, magnified moreover by the superb work of the renowned French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, this story of a colorful vampire victim of a curse allows the filmmaker to reconnect with his favorite themes. , in a flamboyant Gothic tinged with (very) kitsch modernity. Carried in particular by a formidable soundtrack signed by the unwavering Danny Elfman, the film also largely holds thanks to the jubilant slaughter of its favorite actor Johny Depp in the title role, firmly framed by the poisonous Eva Green and the now too rare Michelle Pfeiffer , who had delivered twenty years earlier in front of the filmmaker’s camera the unforgettable incarnation of Catwoman in Batman, the challenge.
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