I do love a good vampire film or TV series! There is such a wide range of vampires to enjoy, whatever your particular taste is! Whether you like them seductive and shiny or scary and evil, there is nothing quite like the vampire!
Lets take a quick look at the historical vampire, those iconic images of the vampires I remember seeing on TV when I was young. We have that seriously creepy piece of film of Nosferatu that freaked me out every time I saw it, the Dracula that I loved on the TV played by Christopher Lee, and the creepy Mr Barlow from Salems Lot. *shudder*
The Hammer Horror Dracula films really got me interested in vampires and I grabbed books that interested me to feed this obsession. Ironically two of the best loved vampire books did not grab my interest when I read them-Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and Anne Rice 'Interview with the Vampire'. I never lost my film love and in the 80's and 90's I watched a lot of vampires!
But of course the BIG vampire event for me was Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I didn't think much of the film as I think the casting was badly wrong but I quickly became addicted to the TV series. I loved season 2 as it had so many great episodes and then I loved the plot at the end of season 5. Season 4 had a few guff episodes but 7 is the one that I felt was the let down season with Buffy being a bitch all the time. Favourite episodes include Hush, The Wish, Once more with feeling, Halloween, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Band Candy, The Body, Tabula Rasa, The Gift, Intervention. Fave characters-Giles, Xander, Anya, Cordelia and Spike! I liked the first couple of seasons of Angel until it did angry Connor and evil Cordy. I never much liked Fred either! I did love Wesley and Lorne though...
After Buffy and Angel, there were more vampires everywhere which was great but not all lived up to expectations! I was very disappointed in the Twilight films which just seemed bland and boring to me. I didn't watch beyond the third film. I never took to the True Blood series either. There are some TV series with vampires that I hope to catch up with at some point:
What are your favourite vampire films and TV series? Have you watched any of these? Any other recommendations for us?