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Monday, May 30, 2011

Prelude to Vampire-Con

I don't know , but if your into vampires your in luck this week. Right before Vampire-Con hists the New Bev you can check out more vampire movies at the cinefamily.

The Cinefamily has two nights filled with vampire fun, right before Vampire-Con.

6/2 @ 8:00pm

Check out the first french vampire movie ever made with a live dj set and after Rape of the Vampire: Re-Vamped , a fantasy mixed vampire movie filled with sex and biting, also french. Did I mention it's a Masquerade ball? Dress up like a goth vampire for two more knights and not be shunned by others.

Tickets - $12/free for members

"Erotique Fantastique Masquerade Ball featuringRape of the Vampire: Re-Vamped & Re-Mixed
(feat. live score by Demdike Stare + Anworth Kirk!)
Co-presented by Finders Keepers Records / B-Music
It’s a gothic erotic masquerade, featuring a live set by Geneva Jacuzzi, dark disco dance party DJ sets by the Killing Spree crew, and a live score to a special re-vamped version of Jean Rollin’s Rape of the Vampire, the very first French vampire film! One of the most underrated and misunderstood directors to emerge from the rising smoke of the 1968 Parisian social explosion, Rollin is best known for his films in the “fantastique” genre (the French tradition of blending horror and fantasy) -- and Rape of the Vampire, with its hypnagogic non-linear narrative, coupled with copious amounts of sex and violence, is a mesmerizing masterpiece of surrealist horror itching for re-interpretation! Tonight, UK haunt-ologists Demdike Stare + Anworth Kirk conduct a darkly hypnotic, beat-driven, industrial-concrete and ghost-ambient backbeat to this moody black-and-white classic -- so don your velvet cape and harlequin headgear, and step out in style! Seriously, it’s a Masquerade Ball -- so come in costume!"


Shiver of the Vampires and Requiem of the Vampire will be playing with another live dj set to party all night with.

Shiver of the Vampires - 8:00pmOur tribute to the late, great Jean Rollin (November 3, 1938 - December 15, 2010) continues with a double shot of his early ‘70s dark fantasies! First up is Shiver of the Vampires, the sensual work that fully established the visual motifs and overall stylistic approach to which Rollin would return to for most of his subsequent horror efforts. This bewitching serving of psychedelic stew concerns newlyweds who visit an old castle owned by the bride's dead-’n-fanged cousins. As the plot progresses (or devolves!), gorgeous vampires, bloodsucking hippies and lashings of lesbian sex all swirl in bizarre, candy-colored lighting (predating Dario Argento's Suspiria by several years), culminating in one of its creator's most visually intoxicating works. Freakish? Beautifully macabre? Instant cult classic? Yes, yes, and YES!!!! Finders Keepers celebrates the launch of its new “Rollinade” soundtrack series, which documents some of the finest musical moments of Rollin’s career as an avant-gardener, counterculture vulture and Gallic vamp-tramp, by presenting Acanthus’ entire unreleased prog-rock score to Shiver of the Vampires on CD and vinyl for the first time. Imagine an early Gong/Ame Son/Soft Machine session fuelled by a thousand-year-old acid-bathed blood transfusion!Dir. Jean Rollin, 1970, 35mm, 95 min.

Requiem For A Vampire - 10:00pmRollin’s jones for long, luscious poetic moments seething with gothic malaise and decay reached its zenith in Requiem For A Vampire, a decadent experience in which the craggy edges of stones in castle walls, the delicate sheen of fabric and cloaks sliding over bare skin, and the warm glow of sunlight over a country field have never looked so beguiling. Devoid of any spoken dialogue for most of its running time, Requiem bursts out of the gate as two schoolgirl-aged robbers decked out in clown costumes flee their broken-down car on a country road, and wind up at a desolate castle presided over by a cult of vampires. The film then goes even further than Shiver to remove the tethers of standard narrative, as the girls undergo a serious of sensual, hallucinatory encounters that eventually disintegrate into a horrific nocturnal montage of the girls succumbing completely to the will of the bloodsuckers. Steadily paced and obviously personal, this "naive" film (to use Rollin's term) resembles an elegant jazz session played out at the edge of a twilight dreamworld.
Dir. Jean Rollin, 1973, digital presentation, 95 min."

Writing about French Vampire movies reminded me of a great horror comedy.

Vampire Party

Available on Amazon now for only $9.99

Vampire Party might make you bite your tongue with cheeky spoofs and jokes, In the vain of Naked Gun it's one joke after another. The special effects look great and the characters silly.

Three French party animals, two girls and a guy, sneak into the most prestigious secret party on earth, too bad it's not what it seems. I wish it was playing too.