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Top 5 Foreign Vampire FilmsWe love our vampires. There is no denying that. And whether they be the frilly shirt wearing kind or the pointy toothed Alaskan invaders, whatever form they come in, we eat them right up (pun definitely intended). In celebration of the VOD and limited theatrical release of the Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis, we bring you the Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films.

A film by Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis promises to be one insane ride of vampirism. Heavily laden with F/X and action, the film is a sort of homage to the Chinese vampire movies of the ’80s.

Definitely a unique experience, Rigor Mortis looks to make its mark as a memorable foreign vampire film itself.

But back to the topic at hand. We have a couple of honorable mentions to start off with, including (and we’re speculating on this first one, but we know it’s going to be killer) Guillmero del Toro’s vamps from “The Strain” (shot in Canada), Frostbite from Sweden, Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook’s Thirst from South Korea and hell, we’ll even throw some love to The Seven Golden Vampires from Hong Kong.

Now, without further ado, we give you…

Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films

Nosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Germany, 1922)
May as well dig right into it with what has to be the most iconic of all foreign vampires, Nosferatu. F.W. Murnau’s legendary 94-minute film would go on to create the face of a vampire that would be used for decades to come. Sure, other horror films came before it like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Golem, and they were amazing, but Nosferatu has remained in the forefront of horror for nearly 100 years! Hell, he even turned up on “SpongeBob Squarepants”! So, the fact that the studio could not get the rights to Bram Stoker’s Dracula when they wanted to make a vampire movie in 1922 actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave us Max Schreck as Count Orlock, who is no less chilling today then he was when the movie was released. Iconic horror at its best and one of the best German exports since Beck’s beer.

Drácula (Spanish version) (Spain, 1931)
The Spanish version of Dracula was shot during the same time and on the same sets as the original Bela Lugosi version. The English edition would be shot during the day with the Spanish team coming in at night to work on theirs. And, as would be expected, many feel the Spanish take is superior for the simple fact that the crew got to see the dailies of what was done for the English version during the day, and they would try to improve on what they saw, using different camera angles and lighting. However, of the cast, only Carlos Villarías (playing Conde Drácula) was allowed to see what was being done during the day and he was encouraged to imitate Lugosi’s performance. Not a bad gig, huh? As long as you don’t mind being a bit micromanaged. ‘Here, do this.’ It doesn’t get any clearer than that. The film was directed by George Melford, and although thought to be lost, in the 1970’s a copy was found and restored. The video below is a clip from the film in its original form with no subtitles. We caught some of the meanings. “La sangre es la vida” was certainly clear!

Nosferatu the Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht) (West Germany, 1979)
By the time Nosferatu the Vampyre reared his ugly head in 1979, Germany had become two countries, but Nosferatu still remained a viable horror character. Legendary German director Werner Herzog took on the task of bringing the pale-faced, pointy-eared menace back to the big screen. Herzog created an interesting movie that was a tribute to Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu but holding closer to Bram Stoker’s original tale (because now, of course, the story was in public domain). Herzog adored the original German film and put his frequent collaboration partner, Klaus Kinski, in the role of Count Dracula. Interestingly, there were actually two versions of the movie shot, one in German and one in English, so Herzog would shoot two versions of each scene with dialogue so an English version would be available without the need of subtitles or overdubbed voices. Now that’s dedication!

Cronos (Mexico, 1993)
Deserving a spot on this list just for the fact that this was the film that kicked off the career of Guillermo del Toro, Cronos is another unique telling of the vampire legend. This one involves a nearly 500-year-old artifact that basically injects vampirism into the subject…and that sudden euphoria the young vamps always enjoy surfaces. A feeling of youth, vibrancy and the ol’ increased libido…all tell-tale signs that you might be a vampire…or have taken just the perfect dose of Cialis. Either way, eventually things are going to go bad, and Cronos is a perfect demonstration of just how quickly things can go from good to bad for a vamp. Del Toro’s first feature film, Cronos was also his first collaboration with Ron Perlman and Federico Luppi, both of whom he would go on to make beautiful music with later in their careers.

Let the Right One In (Låt den Rätte Komma In) (Sweden, 2008)
As unique a vampire tale as you’ll find, Let the Right One In blew audiences away when it was first released at the Göteborg International Film Festival in 2008. Eli instantly became a beloved anti-hero, and her beautifully innocent relationship with Oskar brought such a depth to this film that it was nearly impossible not to fall in love with it. Of course, it was given an American adaptation with Let Me In, which did a satisfactory job of relaying the story, even bloodying it up a bit more, but you need to go to the original to experience the true strength of the tale. Based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In easily goes down as one of the most beloved foreign vampire films, combined with a beautiful coming of age tale, wrapped in a revenge scheme and finally a story of ultimate possession. A really amazing movie.

Be sure to check out Rigor Mortis to see what new foreign vampire nightmares await us!

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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