Blade (1998) 20th Anniversary Review

Twenty years before “Black Panther”, Marvel partnered with New Line to release a black-led superhero movie which would see them help kick-start the current superhero boom as well as changing the course of their movie adaptations to that point. Born as his mother was dying from a vampire attack, Blade (Wesley Snipes) possesses all of … Continue reading Blade (1998) 20th Anniversary Review

Dracula’s Daughter (1936) Dractober Review

Two days into Dractober, and we’re still waiting for the man himself to appear. Picking up exactly where “Dracula” (1931) left off, “Dracula’s Daughter” sees the mysterious Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden) seek out the assistance of Dr Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger) to cure her of the curse of vampirism, bequeathed to her by the … Continue reading Dracula’s Daughter (1936) Dractober Review

Dracula (1931) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Once again, What The Craggus Saw is joining in with TheMarckoGuy’s Month Of Spooks. Last year, it prompted me to finally get around to watching the classic Hallowe'en movie, “Halloween”. This year, I’ve used it as an excuse to go all the way back to where modern cinema horror began, exploring the original Universal Monster … Continue reading Dracula (1931) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Once Bitten (1985) Review

Available right now on Netflix, "Once Bitten" is a decidedly anaemic sex comedy that's been consigned to the crypt of forgotten Eighties comedies. But is it time for it to rise from the tomb once more? The Countess (Lauren Hutton) must feed on the blood of a young male virgin three times before Halloween each … Continue reading Once Bitten (1985) Review

Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Review

Oh my god, we’re Drac again. Ding! Ding! Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to round 5 of the grand title bout. In the blue corner, the hairy biters, the silver dodging doggies, it’s their time of the month all month long…the werewolves Lycans! In the…er…other, slightly darker blue corner (because it’s an “Underworld” movie so there’s … Continue reading Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Review

Underworld: Awakening (2012) Review

After the slightly tedious and unnecessary detour to the dim(ly lit) and distant past that was “Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans”, normal service is resumed as Beckinsale squeezes back into the corset and catsuit for “Underworld: Awakening”. The world has woken up to the presence of Vampires and Lycans and the humans are hell-bent on … Continue reading Underworld: Awakening (2012) Review

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009) Review

Commissioned at the same time as the sequel “Underworld: Evolution” – before the original “Underworld” had even been released – “Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans” takes us back into the history of the Vampire/ Lycan conflict to explore a moment which had been fully and satisfyingly explained in two minutes of flashbacks in the first … Continue reading Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009) Review

Underworld: Evolution (2006) Review

Ol' blue filter's back! That’s right, we’re back running with the night as we pick up with Selene (Kate Beckinsale), Michael (Scott Speedman) and all our other toothsome chums as we plunge back into the ongoing war between the Vampires and the Lycans. Picking up directly where “Underworld” left off, Death Dealer Selene and vampire/ … Continue reading Underworld: Evolution (2006) Review

Underworld (2003) Review

It’s ironically appropriate that a film so concerned with the purity of various bloodlines is itself a shameless hybrid of “Blade” and “The Matrix”. There’s an undeniable appeal to the idea of a war between the eldritch creatures of the night but the film is so taken with the cleverness of its idea that it … Continue reading Underworld (2003) Review

Vampire Academy (2014) Review

“Vampire Academy” is something of a pioneer in the oversaturated young adult adaptation field. Using nothing but a derivative rag bag assortment of tropes and gimmicks from other, better works, it manages to achieve a near-perfect awfulness that almost guarantees it a picture in the dictionary next to the definition of ‘nadir’. Based on the … Continue reading Vampire Academy (2014) Review

What We Do In The Shadows (2014) Review

Quirky, eccentric and utterly charming, “What We Do In The Shadows” is a hilarious twisted take on the vampire mythos which cherishes its subjects as much as it pokes fun at them. Written, Directed by and starring “Flight Of The Conchords”’ Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, “What We Do In The Shadows” plays out as … Continue reading What We Do In The Shadows (2014) Review

Dark Shadows (2012) Review

"Dark Shadows" is a reboot of the long running, ever so slightly ludicrous daily TV supernatural horror soap opera which ran for five years from 1966 to 1971, managing to rack up 1,225 episodes. I had a vague awareness of “Dark Shadows” but had never seen any of it beyond the odd clip of low … Continue reading Dark Shadows (2012) Review

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013) Review

Despite some handsome production values, and a game cast doing their best, it's hard to escape the conclusion that "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" is little more than derivative, uninspired fan fiction crammed with so much supernatural and romantic wish fulfilment that at times I felt I was watching 'Fifty Shades Of Octarine'. When … Continue reading The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013) Review

Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night (2010) Review

Poor Brandon Routh. After the flat and lifeless "Superman Returns" (in which he was actually pretty good at playing Christopher Reeve playing Superman), he's just not been able to find a role to make a similar impact and has had to content himself with a recurring role on the TV series "Chuck" and cameo appearances … Continue reading Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night (2010) Review

Byzantium (2013) Review

If Graham Greene started to sketch out the idea for a vampire story on the back of a napkin but got bored with it and handed it off to a staff writer from “Eastenders” to finish, you’d probably end up with something a lot like “Byzantium”, Neil Jordan’s return to the Vampire genre. Clara and Eleanor, a … Continue reading Byzantium (2013) Review