Thursday, October 31, 2013

Author Take Over: Jodie Pierce - Vampires and movies

Vampires exude sensuality just like a great marriage. The vampires’ bite can equal a human kiss or simple touch by the right person that sends electricity through their bodies. A supposedly forever binding moment is then shared between humans called a wedding. Between vampires I call it the “transformation”. Both humans and vampires are linked to each other for all eternity at that point. They are also marked…vampires by bite marks and humans by their wedding rings (unless you’re bad and take them off for the wrong purposes…shame on you…LOL). Vampires have been the epitome of sexuality in movies since the silent films of the 1920’s Dracula to the present day Twilight. Vampires over the years have made movies seductively enticing to watch.                           



Once the movie came on (and she was right, the boys were hot!) I had nothing to worry about. With a cast like Jason Patrick, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Alex Winters (Bill and Ted’s dude!), Billy Zane, Diane Weist and Jamie Gertz…how could you go wrong? This movie went on to become an iconic movie in vampire history and one in which I compare all other vampire movies. It was a battle of good and evil with a realistic portrayal of teen life with divorced parents and in a new town. My favorite was the grandpa who provided the most humor in the movie with such great quotes as:

“Lucy, you’re the only woman I ever knew that didn’t improve her situation by getting divorced”.-Grandpa

“Well, now, let me put it this way. If all the corpses buried around here were to stand up all at once, we’d have one hell of a population problem”.-Grandpa

“Death by stereo.”-  Sam.

“You’re one of them Mike. My own brother! A god-damn blood drinking shit sucking vampire. You wait ‘till mom finds out!” –Sam.

Even the every quirky “Frog brothers” get a good one in:

“I think I should warn you all, when a vampire bites it, it’s never a pretty sight. Some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode, but all will try to take you with them”.-Edgar Frog.

“Great! The blood sucking Brady Bunch!”-Edgar Frog.

And I can’t leave ya without one that sums it all up from our favorite, David:

“Now you know what we are, now you know what you are. You’ll never grow old and you’ll never die, but you must feed.”


                             The next vampire movie I saw was Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Gary Oldman in 1992. Irish born Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula published originally in 1897. Stokers work has been thought of as the original interest in vampires in a publically positive light. The story has survived over many decades and is still highly popular today. It’s a well known tale of love, seduction, evil, horror and adventure. For it’s time in the 1990’s, it was just the beginning of sexuality on tv and in taking on such a huge role in movies. There was raw, unadulterated sex between Lucy and what was Dracula. There was sexual tension between Mina and the “Prince”. There was lesbianism between the vampire women at Dracula’s castle and sex between them and Jonathan Harker. However, if you weren’t paying attention, it was very subtle and you could miss most of it. The cast of characters, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and of course the aforementioned Gary Oldman as Dracula/Prince. Of course I’m liking this quotes section so here’s a couple more:

“Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the self. The green fairy who wants your soul. But you are safe with me.”-Dracula

“I am the monster that breathing men would kill. I am Dracula!”-guess who?                   


                             Another vampire movie I saw early on (and that’s on my list) that greatly influenced me was Interview with A Vampire in 1994. When it was first published that Tom Cruise was playing a blonde Lestat, I too was like Anne Rice and was going to boycott the movie. However, after her full page retraction I reluctantly agreed to see it and he was fantastic. Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst have also performed their best roles for me in this movie. I’m sure you’ve all seen it but here’s the basic rundown. It’s an epic tragedy about love, loss, guilt, death, conscious, evolution and coming to terms with the narrator Louis’ own immortality. He is given a “gift” by a stranger in a much needed time in his life. Lestat, a vampire had big plans for Louis. They traveled as companions until Louis longed for more. Lestat created a child vampire as another “gift” to Louis. The two revolted against Lestat and left him a broken, nearly destroyed vampire.  The journey that moviegoers were taken on was very much like the book and was phenomenal. I am so glad I agreed to see it and it set a precedence for me in my life that I should try things before judging them. It really hit home for me. More quotes I enjoyed from this movie were:

“Claudia! What have we told you?” Lestat demanded. “Never in the house? “ she responded innocently as she bled the seamstress devoid of blood.

“Your body’s dying. Pay no attention. It happens to us all.”-Lestat.

“Merciful death. How you love your precious guilt.” Lestat.


                             A movie I saw much later in life as it never appealed to me was From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996. With stars like George Clooney, Cheech Marin, Quentin Tarantino and Danny Trejo, it wasn’t until I found out that Salma Hayek was in it and a little coaxing from hubby that I decided to watch it. I’m more into the pretty vampires and this movie sure did not fill that category for me (that’s why I didn’t want to watch it in the first place people-lol). Anyway, the plot was very comedic…what plot there was and the attack scene at the end was good and bloody. Now, on to the good stuff and the only reason to watch this movie. It’s a well known fact (if you like Salma Hayek) that she is deathly afraid of snakes. However, she does a scantly clad dance with this albino snake wrapped around her that is so sensuous she’d have all the men in the room drooling and the women in the room either drooling too or envious. Again with the quotes:

“Has anybody here read a real book about vampires or are we just remembering what a movie said? I mean a real book.”

“Well, it’s been one long goddamn hot miserable shit-ass fuckin’ day every inch of the way.”-Earl


                             Now, for the first of the Blade movie to be revealed in 1998 with Blade II in 2002 and Blade Trinity in 2004 (all on my list). Wesley Snipes should have made a killing (get it? A ‘killing’? lol) at these movies. All but the second one did really well and the second one did semi-well because people wanted to see the follow up to the first one that kicked butt. People were more cautious about the third one but with the cast and word of mouth after it came out it became a success. Cast members like Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, Ron Pearlman, Jessica, Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Triple H and Dominic Purcell all helped push the movies to stardom. The Blade movies were also the first movies with a black vampire superhero that actually. Come on people, don’t even go there and say “Blackula” ‘cause you know it sucked. These movies were about one vampire hybrids quest to exterminate the ‘bad’ vampires in town. He worked alone as a haunted, solemn being  until the third movie when he got help whether he wanted it or not. There was actually humor in the third movie which had been lacking in the other two but with a character like Hannibal, you’re bound to have some fun. Some of my favorite quotes by him are:

“God! See, one of the cool things you fuckheads need to know about us Nightstalkers is that when you join our little club, you get all sorts of groovy little door prizes. One of them is this nifty little tracking node surgically implanted in your body.”-Hannibal King

“…and unlike typical vampires, her fangs are located in her vagina.”-Hannibal King

“You’re human.”-Blade. “Barely. I’m a lawyer.”-Kounen

“You give Frost a message from me. You tell him it’s open season on all suckheads.”-Blade


                             Following that is Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler. The plot is simple and not on my list of favorites or movies to see but worth a mention for the violence.  Van Helsing and his apprentice in training pose as antique dealers. Dracula then kidnaps Van Helsings’ daughter. The two men spring into action and hunt Dracula from continent to continent. This was supposed to be the “Millenium Dracula” but for me it fell short. The only up side for me was that it was done by Wes Craven so it had that dark side that suits him so well.


                             Next we have a somber and sensual “Queen of the Damned” from 2002 (on my list) and unfortunately it was Aaliyah’s last movie. It was her first starring role, as she’d played bit parts in a few other movies. She was sadly taken from us in an airplane accident when it crashed with her aboard. However, her role in this movie with never be forgotten. This is a story of loyalty, pride, moral ethics and self discovery.  Lestat slumbers in his tomb for decades as the world above him changes. He is drawn out by music and finds he has a temptous voice. He decides to reveal himself as a Rock God and a vampire to the world. A sentence of death by other vampires but the attention of an ‘ancient’ vampire is caught and she keeps him safe. After he realizes her plans to populate the world with only vampires, he breaks his loyalty to her and helps the other vampires destroy her for all eternity. With Stuart Townsend we see more of a sensual Lestat than a controlling Lestat like we did in Interview with A Vampire. He’s very smooth, composed and debonair yet very tormented as well. This movie was also based on one of the fabulous Anne Rice books with the same title. A few favorite quotes:

“With all my black little heart.”-Lestat

“My children! It warms my blood to see you all gathered plotting against me.”-the Queen


                             Next comes the Underworld series (also on my list). The first Underworld came out in 2003 which was followed by Evolution in 2006 and Rise of the Lycans in 2009. The first movie goes into some detail about this beautiful vampire warrior woman who was saved by the ruler but she’s a little rebellious. She meets up with a man that’s part werewolf and she falls in love as she fights the very thing she’s fallen in love with. In Evolution, both Selene and Michael from the first movie are trying to track down their bloodlines. They are in a rush to do this as they are being chased for Selene’s killing of the ruler, his first brother has awakened from his tomb and is awakening his second brother and if he’s done and the information is not to them in time they will destroy everyone and everything. In Rise of the Lycans, it goes back to before the first Underworld and gives the back story. It explains who Lucian is and how he became a Lycan, how the race was started, the beginning of the feud between the bloodlines between the vampires and the Lycans who were once the protectors of the vampires during the day. These are definitely good movies to watch (hence they are on my list) but though they bounce around, watch them in the order they were put out. Don’t screw around with it and try to watch the last one first. It’s nice to have it all tied up in a pretty bow at the end for you. With a cast of Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Tony Curran and Rhona Mitra, it’s a must see.


                             Next, we have Daybreakers in 2009 with Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill. It was kind of an odd movie and went to DVD sort of quickly but I enjoyed their different point of view. It was a vampire world and humans were only there as blood supply and they were running out. The movie talked about what would happen, the Science that was taking place to fix the problem and the Government that didn’t want the problem fixed. The vampires looked all too real in this movie, just like humans and I think brought it a little too close to home for many so that’s why it didn’t do well. I just thought it moved too slowly (I like action movies) so I was a little bored.


                             Finally, we have what all the Twihards have been waiting for…The Twilight Saga. Ok. Show of hands. How many actually sat down and read the books? I guessed as much. Probably only us adults so we know how much better the books really are and how sensationalized the movies were. It looks like each movie came out a year apart and the last movie is being split in two, a year apart as well. I think the casting was done very well…very hip and fresh which made the characters identifiable with today’s youth since that’s who the producers decided to make their target audience. For the most part, the movie stayed somewhat close to the book, it’s just that they pulled out the innocence and sensuality and mixed in some humor and action in an attempt to accommodate everyone. I dragged my hubby to see all of them and he actually liked the third one, Eclipse the best. I have a bunch of quotes I like from the movies:

“Well, I am hotter than you.” Jacob to Edward

“Does it own a shirt?” Edward

“So the lion fell in love with the lamb.” “What a stupid lamb.” “What a sick, masochistic lion.”-Edward and Bella

“You know, your mood swings are kinda giving me whiplash.” Bella

“Wait! You’re not leaving, you’re coming back right?” “As soon as you put the dog out.” Bella and Alice

“What is that god-awful wet dog smell?” Alice

“Bella, would you please stop trying to take your clothes off?” Edward

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