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Bloodsucking Cine-so-what?

There was a time I’d have said any “program” about horror films that included a Corey discussing “The Lost Boys” would be perfect. I mean, seriously – how totally cool and nerdish could you get, at the same time? But then the Haim-one chatted about “Death by stereo” in ”Bloodsucking Cinema,” a new chat-fest offered by Starz…and a stake was stuck my dreams.
Now understand – this docu-vid isn’t bad. It has Stan Winston, John Carpenter and Joel Schumacher discussing the genesis of vampire films! It notes the influence of the Mexican cinema’s blood-sucker movies on some recent projects! It even offers suggestions as to why Dracula is such an enduring romantic character in horror! It’s just…it’s all in this Cliff Notes shorthand of what vampire movies mean…and that’s sad.
Yes, they compare the Lugosi version of “Dracula” to the Spanish version (which I’ve seen and is WAY superior) and refer to the Hammer films of the 50’s and 60’s. But they also gush incessantly over “Interview With A Vampire” while making zero mention of Werner Herzog’s elegant remake of “Nosferatu,” or Guillermo Del Toro’s amazing “Cronos” or even that epitome of vampire chic, “The Hunger” (and pics of posters don’t count, guys). Nothing about the near perfect “Near Dark.” Or “Blacula.” Or the teen-comedies “Once Bitten,” “Love At First Bite” and the cool classic “Fright Night.” But there is lots of chatter from Len Wiseman, David Goyer and Greg Nicotero about the makeup, special effects and what their visions were on projects that turned out to be mediocre, at best. So much so, it’s like they’re pumping their movie on “Entertainment Tonight.” Guys we want history, not advertising and self-aggrandizement.
So…basically, if you know nothing about vampire movies or only care about how the “cool” contacts in John Landis’ “Innocent Blood” were made, “Bloodsucking Cinema” is an okay primer. But if you know anything about the Drac-man, it’s really a waste your time.

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