Tag Archives: Twilight

Movie Review: Bad ‘Moon’ On The Rise

20 Nov

Read the review of New Moon on Bluray over at ATOMIC POPCORN.

The Weekly Creepy: Nosferatu Family Values in ‘The Vampire Diaires’

22 Sep

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Thicker than Water: The Vampire Diaries Part 1 (2009) NR 86 min, Directed & written by: Phil Messerer Starring: Devon Bailely, Ellis Cahill, JoJo Hristova, Michael Strelow, Myles MacVane

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Leave it to the low-budget film scene to find a way to rejuvenate the modern concept of the vampire. And in the wake of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, which has firmly locked in the nosferatu as mopey, faux-Victorian super heroes, a bloodsucking makeover was indeed in order. Phil Messerer’s Thicker than Water  may be as low budget as they come but it’s also original, intelligent and legitimately funny. Unlike the current CW emo-vamp fiasco, this Vampire Diaries takes its titular creatures all the way back to their mythic roots and adds a few new wrinkles of its own. Most compelling among these fresh insights is that although they have given up solid food for the red stuff and prey often on the innocent, vampires do retain a fierce sense of mi familia. Continue reading

‘Daybreakers’ trailer brings us vamps, sci-fi and a cross-bow wielding Willem Dafoe. Sign me up!

26 Jun

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June 26th, 2009–

I’d be tempted to call this Equilibrium with vampires if it wasn’t for the fact we already got that, from the same director, called Ultraviolet. And it sucked something fierce, no pun intended. 

Instead, Daybreakers might  be trying to unhinge the universe from its complacency by threatening to give us something actually original. True Blood has synthetic hemoglobin and Twilight has vamps who have refrained from the human version altogether. Now, the Australian Spiereg Bros., who made the low-budget zombie film Undead, have concocted a darker world where nearly everyone is a vampire and they keep the humans in storage facilities not unlike The Matrix so they can harvest them at will. Without the blood, it appears the vampires go feral and revert to a more monstrous version(see the pic below). To add to their troubles, the human race is going extinct and the threat of a vanishing food supply looms large. Continue reading

The Weekly Creepy: Lost’s Raymonde & Twilight’s Kendrick go ‘Elsewhere’

11 Jun

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The Weekly Creepy is a new experiment here at Cinematropolis. The goal is to help expose you the audience to newer horror/thriller films that might have slipped under your radar. Dedicated to obscure, foreign and indie fare (as well as the glorious world of DTV), The Weekly Creepy will tackle a different pic each week, with reasons why it is or isn’t worth your precious time or money.

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“Small towns hide big secrets.”

Indeed. Small towns with big secrets are my favorite kind. Maybe the principal is brainwashing all the high school students, the town priest goes furry at the full-moon and chows down on soccer moms or the entire community is worshipping a star-ship they dug up at the edge of the woods. Any of those will do. Just remember that if you are gonna give us the small town, complete with the reliable stock characters, make sure that the secret is appropriately BIG. No one wants to spend an hour and half tiptoeing around the idea of clandestine groups and mysterious disappearances to find out that the whole thing is basically your typical one-man slasher gig. Continue reading