Countess Dracula (1971) – Peter Sasdy

The history (and legend) of Elizabeth Bathory gets the Hammer Films treatment in Countess Dracula the next vampire film for review in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis. Countess Elisabeth (Ingrid Pitt) ‘mourning’ the recent loss of her husband, rules her part of Europe with cruelty and the…

The Vampire Lovers (1970) -Roy Ward Baker

Hammer Films stepped up their game once they realized blood, fangs, boobs and sexuality can mix. The Vampire Lovers, which features Peter Cushing is the next stop in the vampire chapter of DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by legendary director John Landis. Referred to as the first film in the Karnstein trilogy,…

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) – Mel Brooks

It was going to happen sooner or later. I was going to come across the first of the parody/comedy films that sprang up around vampires as I continue to work my way through the highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies written by John Landis, and released through DK Canada. So it’s time to let Mel…

Star Trek: Bloodthirst (1987) – J.M. Dillard

Captain James T. Kirk and the stalwart crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise take on a Trek-verse version of the vampire legend in this novel written by J.M Dillard. Set during the third season of The Original Series the Enterprise responds to a distress call from the remote Federation outpost of Tanis. What they discover is…

Blood and Roses (1960) -Roger Vadim

John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies takes a more sensual turn as I return to the coffee table tome available now from DK Canada. Blood and Roses is a French film with a its own take on the vampire legend. Set on the estate of the Karnsteins, the tale follows a well to do family…

Wonder Woman (2017) – Patty Jenkins

Hitting blu-ray and video today from Warner Brothers is the box office sensation Wonder Woman, the long overdue arrival of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to the big screen. Wowing in the theatre, the Amazon comes home with a gorgeous blu-ray that looks and sounds fantastic and puts your home theatre through its paces. Loved by…

Champion (2013) – Marie Lu

Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy comes to a conclusion on this week’s Book Shelf. A Young Adult series that isn’t quite dystopian in nature, but flirts at its edges with a United States torn into two halves, the Republic and the Colonies. War has been going on for a while, but with the introduction of the…