Fans of horror movies and more particularly of vampiric stories? So don’t miss these three nuggets to be found streaming on the SVOD myCanal platform!
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AT THE BORDERS OF DAWN
First feature film directed solo by Kathryn Bigelow after The Loveless (which also marked the screen debut of a certain Willem Dafoe), Aux frontières de l’aube is a thriller on the edge of the western and the horror genre, revisiting the myth of vampires here reduced to the status of bloodthirsty marginal beings. Although the film was a failure when it was released in 1987, time has allowed it to be rehabilitated to the point where it enjoys cult status today, as well as the start of a prominent career. for Kathryn Bigelow, who in 2009 became the first – and so far only – woman to win an Oscar for Best Director for Minesweeper.
INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
Adapted from the works of novelist Anne Rice, Interview with a Vampire is inspired by the opposite of the previous case of the romantic figure of creatures in an atmosphere of the supernatural tinged with an underlying homosexual eroticism. Carried by an exceptional soundtrack and a four-star cast, the film nevertheless experienced many production problems; Christian Slater thus replaced at short notice River Phoenix, who died shortly before the shooting (the feature film is dedicated to him), while Tom Cruise was hired despite the novelist’s reservations (the latter nevertheless has a letter apology to the actor after attending the screening of the film). Critical and commercial success upon its release, Interview with a Vampire remains today as one of the most essential vampire films.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Based on the eponymous graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith and produced by horror master Sam Raimi (Evil Dead), 30 Days of Night marks David Slade’s second film, fresh from the success of his debut film Hard Candy. Taking place entirely at night, the feature film leaves little respite to its spectators, since this context allows vampires to be able to arise at any time. Claiming more pure horror than literary treatment, the vampires are depicted here as bloodthirsty beings whose bite transmits what looks like a kind of virus: thus, the codes of the vampire mix with those of the film of Undead ! A poor quality sequel titled 30 Days of Night 2: Dark Days was released straight to DVD in late 2010.
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