Vampires have been recorded in most cultures in the world but were predominant in the folk beliefs of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. They were considered beings that subsist by feeding off the vital force – the blood – of the living. With its beginnings in the 18th-century poetry, the vampire is now an inevitable element in popular culture. You can find them everywhere from movies, games, online slots – Slotswise – to cartoons. Today, it is considered one of the preeminent figures of horror films with vampire movies coming out almost every year. This is the reason why we have decided to compile a list of the Top 3 Modern Vampire Movies. The list goes as follows:
Let The Right One In (2008)
When it comes to vampire popularity, there is no doubt that 2008 was the “year of the vampire”. True Blood debuted on HBO and Twilight was on the rise, but the greatest vampire-themed movie of the year didn’t come from Hollywood, but from Sweden.
Let The Right One In is based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist that tells the story of a young bullied boy, Oskar, who lives with his single mother in an apartment complex in 1980s Stockholm. When a mysterious pair of neighbours arrives to the building, an older gentleman with a young girl, Oskar befriends the girl. He soon discovers that his new friend, Elie, has been a little girl for a long, long time. The arrival of Elie and her mysterious companion coincides with a string of murders in the town, as Elie’s elder caretaker is killing people to drain them of blood for her to consume.
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Interview With The Vampire tells the story of an 18th-century plantation owner in Louisiana who gets turned into a vampire by the vampire Lestat. Together they turn a little girl, Claudia, who is dying, into their vampiric daughter. The movie follows them through two centuries, from New Orleans until the modern times. The director, Neil Jordan cast Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and young Kirsten Dunst for the main roles. The role of Claudia gave Dunst her career-making performance. Interview with the Vampire can be considered the vampire movie as a historical epic, and in that regard, no one has even come close to it since.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
When it comes to the writer/director Jim Jarmusch, it is more than certain that he’s made a lot of oddball movies during his filming career. However, maybe his most emotionally accessible film is Only Lovers Left Alive which tells the story of two ancient vampire lovers. The plot of the movie is very light, but the two main characters are so charming that makes you want to be in their company forever.
The married vampire couple, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) live across the world from one another despite having been together for almost hundreds of years. Adam lives in an abandoned neighbourhood in Detroit creating music and avoiding almost all human contact and starts contemplating suicide. Eve flies over from her home in Tangiers to be with him and help him break out from his intentions. Everything is OK until Eve’s annoying sister arrives and makes everything a mess.
It isn’t at all strange that there exists a subgenre of movies that deal with the subject of revenge. There is quite a number of revenge movies and they all follow the same theme. Some bad guys have done wrong to a righteous guy, and now he wants to revenge the hell out of that wrong, whatever it might have been. Usually, the good guy (turned bad) revenges his (or her) best buddy or a family member. The plot is a straightforward course of collision with the antagonists, but let’s not judge the fact that the plots of these movies develop along the same lines, more or less. Revenge movies are intended to deliver action, punches and few killings without the flinch of an eye. Without further ado, here are three movies that define the genre and have become a cult classic.
Man on Fire
Released in 2004, it had a solid run in the movie theatres, grossing $130.30 million. Even though it received mixed reviews and ratings from movie critics, it became a home-video favourite and sold a large number of copies on DVD and Blu Ray.
This revenge movie was directed by Tony Scott. It features Denzel Washington and the kidnapped daughter (Dakota Fanning) of a money mogul played by Marc Anthony, who paid Creasy (Washington) to deliver her safely from the kidnappers. Creasy has multiple run-ins with members of the Mexican cartel, as well as with corrupt civil servants. Spoiler alert – Creasy, who is an alcoholic and bereft by personal woes, trades himself in for Lupita but wreaks havoc on the bad guys, including an attack with a bazooka.
This low-budget film scored big both at the Academy Awards and in the box office. Having spent just $9 million, the production company earned a total of $39.70 million and received numerous accolades throughout the world at numerous film festivals. Memento has been deemed “significant” by the US Library of Congress and was preserved in the National Film Registry.
The movie features Leonard, who is only able to remember his name thanks to napkin notes and post-its that he keeps in his pocket, along with Polaroid photos and tattoos on his body. Leonard has sustained head trauma and is unable to store his memory. The only way to remember what had happened is for Leonard to consult with his notes and try to piece together a series of events that are as mysterious as is the reason for his deplorable condition. Enter Natalie, who becomes involved with Leonard for reasons that are seemingly benign, possibly out of pity and unbloomed maternal instincts, but proceed to reveal ulterior motives. There is also Teddy, who is in on a deal gone bad that has resulted in a murder. This convoluted plot plays out and feels as if Leonard is out on a revenge to get the guy who’s gotten him this way.
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They often say that films nowadays are all about effects and how everything comes down to how much a studio is willing to invest in production. That is only partially true though because the plot is still important. You can add tremendous graphics and visual effects to a terrible film, it’ll still be terrible. In fact, great effects can make things even worse if the storyline is bad.
Good films with a solid plot are eternal and people gladly watch movies that have been filmed and produced decades ago only if they have a great story and they tend to forget recent releases that might have a lot better effects, but whose stories are quite lame.
In this article, we’re going to present you some of the best film stories in history.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A film based on a rather amusing premise – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tells the story of a young couple who break things off, but they don’t stop there, instead they decide to go through clinical procedures that will erase them from each other’s memory. The film makes you wonder and ask yourself a lot of questions. Will such thing be possible in the future? Would you choose to do this, if it was an option? If you still haven’t seen it, we definitely recommend it.
A dark psycho-horror that tells the story of a very talented dancer played by Natalie Portman who is playing a lead in Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake. The main character is actually struggling with her mental health after she finds herself in competition with the black swan, the other main character played by Mila Kunis.
Many critics have seen the metaphorical meaning of this movie and it is clear that this a very deep work of art, with plenty of levels. We wouldn’t recommend reading critics and analyses of the film before watching it though, because they might influence the way you see it.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
A classic western from 1962, this film is a true testament to the fact that it doesn’t matter when a film was shot and released, as long as the story is good. The good story is what makes people watch The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance more than 55 years after it was released. Many film critics would go as far as to claim that it is not only the best John Ford film but perhaps one of the top five films of all time.
The story starts when a senator travels with his wife from Washington to the wild west to attend a funeral of a local hero. With a flashback, the viewers are taken 25 years back when the senator was still a young attorney. We wouldn’t go further into the story just in case you haven’t seen this great film yet.
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In the last few weeks we’ve talked about TV series, both old and new ones, successful and unsuccessful ones and we have concluded that we’re currently living in the decade of the series and that series have been more popular then ever. Until 15 years ago nobody would’ve assumed that some of the top actors would star in series, but nowadays that’s hardly surprising.
Still, even though series are massive today and some of them attract greater audience than many films, people are still making and watching films and in 2018 we can expect some amazing film releases. Quite a few great films have already been released, mind you.
Now, we’ll have a look at some of the best films of 2018, including both titles that have been released and once that are yet to be released.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War was released in April and it is currently the most successful film this year with gross profits of over $2 billion. Avengers was produced by Disney and it continues the story of its prequels. Some of the greatest actors of today star in the Avengers, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mike Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch and a lot more.
Black Panther is another Marvel themed film that was released this year and it follows the story of the character of the same name. This film had its premier towards the end of January and it is currently the second highest grossing film this year and the ninth highest grossing film of all times. That’s pretty impressive and many believe that the great story will bring this Disney production at least one or two Oscars this year. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o are the stars.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
This film had its premiere in Spain and is yet to be released in the US but considering all the hype and the success of the previous Jurassic films, have no doubts that Fallen Kingdom will be not only one of the best films in the Jura series, but also one of the greatest films this year.
The Fallen Kingdom was filmed in the UK and Hawaii. It becomes a bit of a pattern, but it is appears that sequels to previous successful titles are the top and most awaited films this year.
This is a rather surprising choice, but we opted to present you something a little bit different. This film, staring Keira Knightley and Dominic West is based on the life of a French novelist named Colette. The film will be released in September and we don’t want to tell you anything more about it, because we hope that you will want to watch it. It is an exciting drama, quite refreshing and different from the films we are used to.
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In the previous weeks we’ve discussed some great and not so great series from the past. But, it is fair to say that the past few years have been the best for series and there is a proliferation of new and exciting titles. Many of the series last only a season and some don’t survive even the first few episodes due to bad ratings. But that’s only because there are so many series and the days still last only 24 hours, there’s only so much you could watch.
Now we’ll have a look at some of the hottest series that are airing in the current year (2018). Some of them are still in their first season and we’re yet to see how long they’ll last, whereas other series have been or air for a year or two already.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
It is pretty obvious what this story is based on, it is right there in the title. Throughout the series we follow the lives of Gianni and his sister Donatella, played by Penelope Cruz, but also his lover and murderer, a psychopath with serious mental problems. The series bears a lot of resemblance to American Psycho, so if you’re a fan you’ll definitely love The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
To be precise, Patrick Melrose is more of a mini-series, but it is definitely a great success, featuring amazing Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of a middle-class English heroin addict. His performance throughout all five episodes is astonishing and here he proves once again why he’s one of the top actors of today.
Dear White People
This Netflix show is running for a second season. Racial tensions are the central theme of the series, but this is not your standard ghetto story. Dear White People is set in an Ivy League school where black students struggle to improve their position in their environment and society. Through various interesting and explosive situations, the story develops further as we see our favourite characters from the first session getting more mature and more experienced.
Titans is not yet released, but it will be out this year. Based on DC Comics, these series will definitely be enjoyed by all who liked the animated Teen Titans.
This one is for Marvel fans. Jessica Jones, the superheroine crime fighter played by the Krysten Ritter. The first season was very successful, but the second is expected to be even more enticing. The star of the show announced that the story will get a lot more personal in the second season.
This show was also continued for a second season after a long break. The action takes place in Atlanta and the main characters are two cousins who are trying to become successful rappers. The first season won many awards and after a two and a half year break the series returns.
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