Tuesday, October 28, 2008

DEDICATED TO THE LATE GREAT BÉLA LUGOSI.

So much on my mind this Tuesday. I'll keep it as short as possible and save my endless thoughts for future posts. More Halloween-related stuff:

I was thinking about how much I love vampire movies, TV shows, or anything related to the subject. Fascinating stuff really. They hate the light, crosses, holy water, garlic, stakes, and mirrors right? HAHA! And of course, they feed off the li
ving and their blood, and are immortal. Vampires never seem happy though. Kind of a miserable existence really. They're usually portrayed as highly sexual horny beautiful people, but it often masks a grotesque pasty sickly looking face and body. Most vampires are just not very nice. They really hate most of humanity. Can ya blame them? Humans must pay for the sadness of being one of these creatures of the night with lost souls and nothing to look forward to but a bleak immortal life, forever condemned to the darkness. I LOVE IT! Some of my fav modern films and show adaptations: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Lost Boys, 30 Days of Night, Fright Night, Van Helsing, Interview With the Vampire, etc. By far however, the greatest and perhaps the most visually sumptuous and gorgeous of these stories has been director Francis Ford Coppola's astoundingly beautiful and creepy film, Bram Stoker's Dracula. What a marvelous film this is, with top-notch performances by Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins; even those vapid dumbasses Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are okay in it. Simply masterful.

Tim Burton is one of those rare geniuses that only come once in a lifetime. I love most of his films, because they're always so bizarre; visually stunning and full of rich oddball eccentric characters which make perfect Halloween costumes, as reflected in films such The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Beetl
ejuice, and many others. Huge credit goes to Danny Elfman as well, for composing some fine music to Burton's films. Don't ya just love those songs sung by Jack Skellington and crew? Good stuff indeed! I'd have to say though, that Ed Wood may quite possibly be Burton's finest film. The cast is superb: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bill Murray among the many others who do a fine job in this tribute to the late cheesy cross-dressing B-movie director. Sometimes Oscars go to very undeserving actors/performances, but the fact Martin Landau won as Best Supporting Actor for his hilarious and almost tragic portrayal of Béla Lugosi is more than justified. Landau was simply brilliant in the role and was given some amazing lines in that movie.

I could go on and on. Promise me you'll watch these awesome clips:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw2-ZMhxTUs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWsKR2xg6HE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz2Ho62dVr0

4 comments:

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Funny, I saw that last photo and thought of McCain. Please, God, please don't let him and his campaign rise from the dead on Halloween. Let's hope come next weekend that Sarah Palin is playing Bride of Frankenstein on Broadway in "Young Frankenstein". Pardon me boy, is that the Transylvania Choo Choo? You betcha!

Bill German said...

halloween always reminds me of river phoenix

dit said...

Muhahahahahahaaaa . . . they have some sexy Vampires in the HBO series True Blood. You should check it!

Todd said...

Crispin Glover is to be in Burton's latest film. Those two are made for each other.

But we must all forget that awful roadkill of a movie, Planet of the Apes.