Oct. 20, 2010 | 1:14 p.m.

REVIEW: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan give vampires their bite back in ‘The Fall’

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Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre reviews “The Fall,” the latest book from writing partners Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, for the Los Angeles Times. Long before vampires were posing naked on the cover of a recent issue of Rolling Stone, they were vile, terrifying creatures that looked like rats, lived in crypts and hardly ever turned up at the gym. Fortunately for fans of the old-school literary villains, writing partners Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are determined to resurrect that archetype with a series of novels centered on the exploits of the Master, an imposing, murine-like figure with long talons, no ears and a hinged jaw that conceals a shooting stinger to extract his victims’ blood. With “The Fall,” a sequel to last year’s “The Strain” (and the middle installment of a planned trilogy), the duo succeeds mightily, […]
Oct. 04, 2010 | 2:27 p.m.

‘Twilight’s’ new blood: Meet the Denali coven from ‘Breaking Dawn’

 “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” won’t reach theaters until November 2011 (with the second half due in 2012), but there’s already been some big casting news. Summit Entertainment has announced the actors who will portray the Cullen family’s allies: the Denali coven, a group of “vegetarian” vampires who live in Alaska and join the Washington-state vampire brood as they stand up to the Volturi, the ancient European bloodsucking society, and protect a certain immortal infant.  Here’s a rundown of the actors and their parts. Christian Camargo as Eleazar Denali Slated to play a former Volturi, Camargo fits the tall, dark-haired description. It’s up to the makeup artists to achieve that “hint of an olive tone in his chalky complexion” that Eleazar’s Spanish origin suggests. But if they can make Peter Facinelli and Nikki Reed believable as blonds, it should be a piece of cake. Where you’ve seen him: […]
Oct. 01, 2010 | 3:17 p.m.

REVIEW: ‘Let Me In’ a shrewd remake of the original

Michael Phillips reviews “Let Me In” for the Los Angeles Times: I’m a big, big fan of “Let the Right One In,” the chilling 2008 adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s bestseller about the pale female vampire who is “12 … more or less,” and whose budding friendship with a severely bullied boy living in the same apartment complex, with minimal parental supervision, leads to a gory confrontation with his tormentors. Now we have “Let Me In,” a shrewd American remake of the Swedish original. The action has been relocated to 1983 Los Alamos, N.M. Writer-director Matt Reeves, working in a very different key than his previous, bombastically scaled but juicy “Cloverfield,” has done a couple of interesting things with the story structure, creating a flashback that catches up to itself around the one-third point. In one instance he has improved […]
Sept. 30, 2010 | 8:11 a.m.

‘Let Me In’ director on living up to undead original: ‘It was terrifying’

Steven Zeitchik, the lead writer of our sister blog 24 Frames digs into “Let Me in” and its undead heritage… In remaking the Swedish vampire cult hit ” Let the Right One In,” Matt Reeves put himself in a position as fraught as Dracula at high noon. Most people had never heard of the source material. And some of those who had — and could help him spread positive word — just wished the project would go away. Why attempt an English-language do-over, they asked, of a recent movie that was pretty much perfect in the first place? “I started writing the script for ‘Let Me In,’ and then ‘Let the Right One In’ got big in the U.S. I thought, ‘Oh no, there’s going to be a lot more focus on this now,’ ” said Reeves, the “Cloverfield” director […]
Sept. 12, 2010 | 3:47 p.m.

‘Let Me In’ does justice to its bloodline

The Times’ Fall Movie Sneaks came out Sunday, and among the articles is this piece by 24 Frames’ Steven Zeitchik on the upcoming film “Let Me In.”     Even though he decided to tackle the English-language remake of “Let the Right One In” long before the Swedish vampire movie became a cult favorite in the U.S., Matt Reeves was aware of the hurdle facing him. “It suddenly got very big, and I thought, ‘There’s going to be a lot more focus.’ It was terrifying.” As it turned out, Reeves rose to the challenge. Resisting the temptation to overly Americanize the dark preadolescent romance, Reeves kept the two protagonists’ ages roughly the same as in Tomas Alfredson’s original and retained a Gothic, snowy locale. In the process, the “Cloverfield” director created a kind of spiritual companion to the first movie. […]
Aug. 09, 2010 | 12:22 p.m.

Anne Rice leaves Christianity after ‘a kind of confusion, a toxic anger’

The author Anne Rice, best known for her vampire novels, made waves last week when she declared on her Facebook page that she had "quit being a Christian."
July 25, 2010 | 1:20 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: Slowly but surely, ‘Let Me In’ builds some goodwill

“Let Me In” began the long, Scandinavian road to fan acceptance Saturday, as Overture Films, Hammer Films, director Matt Reeves and the cast went in front of the Comic-Con faithful to plead their case. Director Reeves, evincing the look of a Silicon Valley programmer and the speaking style of a professor, acknowledged right off the bat that he was facing an uphill climb. “A lot of people are worried,” he said. “I  love that movie. The thing is, that movie will exist…. This is another interpretation that I hope you’ll love.” Reeves’ remake has taken heat practically since it was announced, as ardent fans of Tomas Alfredson‘s original “Let the Right One In” have questioned the need for a new film. The release of the trailer did little to quell those fears, showcasing little more than an assemblage of generic horror-movie scenes. […]
June 24, 2010 | 10:43 p.m.

‘Eclipse’: Back and to the future with the cast

It’s the franchise that has fans everywhere thirsty for any bloody detail. The latest installment, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” in theaters Wednesday, sees Seattle plagued by an army of newborn vampires controlled by the vengeful Victoria, who is out to destroy Bella Swan, whom she holds responsible for her lover’s death. To safeguard Bella from the oncoming threat, her boyfriend, Edward Cullen, and his family must band together and join forces with their shape-shifting foes, the wolf pack, who are sworn to defend humans from all blood suckers. But it’s not all fang baring and claw clenching; there’s also an explosive love triangle this time around. And lots — lots — of shirtless roaming by the muscled members of the wolf pack. To gear up for the third feature to be adapted from the wildly popular Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” books, […]
June 23, 2010 | 2:30 a.m.

Vampire Con’s anti-‘Twilight’ stance: Go for the jugular

Hero Complex contributor Nicky Loomis is back with a look at a local event out for new blood in its second year. For a couple of self-described “horror film geek freaks,” the idea to start a vampire convention came natural. But as Wendi Mirabella, an event planner, and her longtime friend, Lotti Pharriss Knowles, a writer/filmmaker, set out to separate themselves from the current vamp-scape of pretty-boy fangers and TwiPhones full of Edward Cullen head shots – it left them feeling a little long in the tooth.  “It almost seems like there is a bit of vampire fatigue,” said Mirabella, the organizer behind the 2nd Annual Vampire Con, a Thursday-Saturday (June 24-26) film festival that celebrates the original gangstas of vampire lore – not the current breed who’ve perfected creating a good brood and, well, looking pretty. Fang fatigue there […]
April 13, 2010 | 4:15 p.m.

Kevin Pollak’s ‘Vamped Out’ follows the Hollywood struggles of a true bloodsucker

Stand-up comic and actor Kevin Pollak makes his directorial debut this week in the form of “Vamped Out,” a six-part Web series about a real vampire named Alowisus Hewson who can’t get hired to play one in Hollywood. The trailer and first episode are available online at Babelgum and you can watch the first one in the post below. New Hero Complex contributor Noelene Clark caught up with Pollak to talk about blood pints, garlic and creative control in Hollywood. NC: “Vamped Out” is a really fun idea. What inspired this series? KP: I was with my creative and writing partner Jason Antoon (who also portrays the main character in the series). We went to have lunch together, and we passed a billboard for yet another vampire TV series. I was complaining about it, and Kevin said, “What if there was a vampire who […]
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