Actors Who Portrayed Our Favourite Superheros

We all love and appreciate the fictional characters created by D.C and Marvel, which is why the pressure is high for Hollywood actors who portray these iconic characters on screen for the world to watch and critique. Here are three actors whose performances will never be forgotten, and who truly captured the authenticity of their character.

Christopher Reeve

Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney. After his parent’s divorce, Christopher’s mother moved him and his brother Benjamin to Princeton, New Jersey, and remarried a few years later. After graduating from high school, Reeve studied at Cornell University while at the same time working as a professional actor. In his final year at Cornell, he was one of two students selected (the other was the late Robin Williams) to study at New York’s famous Juilliard school. Although Christopher is best known for his role as Superman [1978], his acting career spans a much larger ground. Paralyzed after a horse riding accident, he died suddenly at age 52 after several years of living and working with his severe disability.

 

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Christopher Reeve

 

Adam West

Adam West was born Billy (William) West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington. At age 10 Adam had a cache of comic books, and “Batman” made a big impression on him. When his mother remarried, she took adam and his younger brother, John, to Seattle. At age 14 Adam attended Lakeside School, then went to Whitman College, where he got a degree in literature and psychology. During his last year of college he also married 17-year-old Billie Lou Yeager. In 1956 he got a divorce and married a beautiful girl, originally from Tahiti, named Ngatokoruaimatauaia Frisbie Dawson (he called her “Nga” for short). They had a daughter, Jonelle, in 1957 and a son, Hunter, in 1958.

In 1959 Adam came to Hollywood. He adopted the stage name “Adam West”, which fit his roles, as he was in some westerns. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo [1962] and Joe DeRita in The Outlaws Is Coming [1965]. He has also appeared in the science fiction film, Robinson Crusoe on Mars [1964], opposite Paul Mantee, and achieved continuing success for the title role in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film. He has done voice work on animated series such as The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy, in both of which he voices fictional versions of himself.

 

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Jack Nicholson

Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. He was raised believing that his grandmother was his mother, and that his mother, June Frances Nicholson, a show-girl, was his older sister. He discovered the truth in 1975 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile of him. His real father believed to have been either Donald Furcillo, an Italian-American show-man, or Eddie King (Edgar Kirschfeld), born in Latvia and also in show-business. Jack’s mother’s ancestry was Irish, English, as well as German, Scottish, and Welsh.

Nicholson made his first debut in a B-movie titled The Cry Baby Killer [1958]. His rise in Hollywood was far from meteoric, and for years, he sustained his career with guest spots in television series and a number of Roger Corman films, including The Little Shop Of Horrors [1960]. In 1989, Nicholson starred as the “The Joker” in Tim Burton’s version of Batman. Not only did he nail the role, but his quirky and bizarre performance stole the show, especially in certain scenes that we will never forget. With 12 Academy Award nominations, Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. In 2013, Nicholson co-presented the Academy Award for Best Picture with first lady Michelle Obama. This ceremony marked the eighth time he has presented the Academy Award for Best Picture.

 

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Heath Ledger was also one of Hollywood’s best portrayed Jokers in The Dark Knight [2008], and even won an oscar for his raw, career-defining performance. On January 22 2008, Ledger was found dead in apartment in Manhattan. Sadly, he died before he could claim his award, but nevertheless, he was honoured and greatly missed at the ceremony, and will forever be remembered for his brilliant talent. Share with us who you think gave the best performance for these characters.

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Marvel in the Marvels of Marvel

We can’t have a blog about DC and not one about Marvel. Originally started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the early 1950’s had generally become known as Atlas Comics. Marvel’s modern incarnation dates from 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many others.

Marvel counts among its characters such well-known superheroes as Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Doctor Strange and many more. In this blog, we will be exploring but a few of these amazing characters. Enjoy!!!

Iron Man

We all know the story of Tony Stark and how he became Iron Man but what a big chunk of our generation can’t comprehend is that he originated from a Comic book and evolved onto the silver screen. He made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated March 1963). And look at how far he’s come…. Every girl loves a handsome, rich bad boy with a good suit. Pun intended…

Thor

In Norse Mythology, Thor is a Hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms and the protection of mankind to name but a few. In the Marvel Comic Universe Thor is the crowned prince of Asgard but has been stripped of his powers and banished to earth after he reignites a dormant war. Meanwhile Loki, his brother, is plotting to take the throne for himself. Thor needs to prove himself worthy and reclaim his hammer, Mjolnir, before the throne lands up in the wrong hands. This Old Marvel favorite with his long blond hair will make any woman swoon.

Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff is the first character to take on the Black Widow codename in the modern mainstream Marvel Comics. She has been associated with several superhero teams such as The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D and even though she has no superpowers, she is well trained and a female force to be reckoned with.

The Hulk

A green-skinned, hulking and muscular humanoid possessing a vast degree of physical strength, and his alter ego Bruce Banner, a physically weak, socially withdrawn, and emotionally reserved physicist, the two existing as personalities independent and resenting of the other. Professor Bruce Banner was accidentally exposed to Gamma Radiation during the detonation of an experimental bomb which made him transform into the Hulk when subjected to emotional stress. Mostly against his will and to his utter embarrassment after each destructive rampage. Even though his large, green and angry exterior might look scary, it houses the softest heart which will steal yours!

Strangely the Marvel Superheroes we chose to elaborate on here are also part of a Superhero team called the Avengers, but that is a story for another day. If you are a fan of Superhero movies we hope this might have created some form of nostalgia but if you are not a fan, do yourself a favor and watch at least one of these characters in action. We might make a believer out of you yet!!!

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The D.C Franchise

What is the DC franchise?

Ever heard of Batman? Superman? Wonder Woman? These are just a few of many legendary characters who have been a part of our lives for decades and have created a legacy beyond the imaginable with an intent to inspire the world of fantasy. The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an American media franchise, centred on a series of superhero films based on the characters that appear in publications by DC comics. DC comics are known for their material featuring well-known superhero characters, which has shaped their tremendous fame and success.

Doctor Occult [1935]

Doctor Occult is DC Comic’s earliest character to still be in the DC universe. Also known as “The Ghost Detective”, Doctor Occult is a private investigator who specializes in cases involving the supernatural. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the character first appeared “New Fun Comics #6” in October 1935, three years before Superman made his debut.

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Doctor Occult [1935]

In the 1980’s, after nearly 50 years of no appearances, Roy Thomas revived the character as part of the World War II team “The All-Star Squadron” developing further his backstory with the Seven. He was revived once again in the 1990’s by Neil Gaiman for his “Books of Magic” mini-series where he was of one of the mystical guides of the DC Universe for the boy “Tim Hunter.” Gaiman introduced the character as being bonded with “Rose Psychic” in one body, as male and female aspects of the same spirit. Other writers later explained this as occurring during an incident when one was dying, thus bonding their souls to restore the other.

Batman [1939]

The character known as “Batman” was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #2 on May 1939. Batman became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, “Batman”, the following year. As the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960’s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller. The character has remained a huge success and fan favourite amongst the public due to Warner Bros.’ live-action “Batman” feature films.

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Batman [1939]

Batman has been portrayed in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck.

Superman [1938]

The origin story of Superman relates that he was born Kal-El on the alien planet Krypton, before being rocketed to earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton’s destruction. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas father and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early on he started to display various superhuman abilities, which, upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity through a secret “Superman” identity.

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Superman [1938]

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of the fictional character, sold Superman to Detective Comics (DC) in 1938. Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, television programs, films, and video games. With this success, Superman helped to create the superhero archetype and establish its primacy within the American comic book. This fictional character is widely considered an American cultural icon. He has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the character’s impact and role in the United States and worldwide. Several actors have portrayed Superman in motion pictures and TV series including Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill, and Tyler Hoechlin.

The DC franchise created a fictional universe full of imagination, creativity, and power. The franchise will forever remain a legacy to its followers and will continue to influence the development of future fictional superheroes.

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The Evolution of Superheroes: Then and Now

This month we will be exploring the wonderful world of Superheroes! How the comics were portrayed on the silver screen and how these masterpieces have evolved over the years. It’s not surprising that with the evolution of technology a whole world of possibilities has opened for film makers to push the boundaries. These days you can experience a sensory explosion in a 4D Cinema, from characters jumping out at you (in 3D) to actual water spraying on you during a rainy final battle scene. We have selected a couple of retro films that have had remakes in recent years and we’re comparing them to see how much they have evolved.

And where better to start than…

Captain America [1990] vs. [2016]

During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier undergoes experiments to become a new super soldier, “Captain America.” Racing to Germany to sabotage the rockets of Nazi baddie “Red Skull”, Captain America winds up frozen until the 1990s. He reawakens to find that the Red Skull has changed identities and is now planning to kidnap the President of the United States.

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His costume might have changed but the good old captain stayed the same!!

Spiderman [1977] vs. [2016]

Peter Parker has a laboratory accident that changes his life. He finds himself with greatly increased strength, the ability to stick to walls to climb them without needing hand and footholds and a “spider-sense” (presented in this series as clairvoyance) that allows him to sense danger. Designing a costume and a web shooter that allows him to fire a strong artificial web, he fights crimes as Spider-Man.

Synopsis from the 1977 TV Series version

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Not only did this legendary superhero have a change of costume, he also, thanks to the wonders of CGI and special effects, could showcase his superhero powers and not just shoot fishing net out of his wrist and parkour over a little wall here and there!!

Hulk and Thor [1978] vs. [2012]

Now for a combo. These two Marvel characters have been side by side in battle for generations and in the most resent Avengers movie and its sequel these two were seen back together owning it on the silver screen with special effects galore.

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

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No Superhero blog will be complete without giving the woman some props…

Catwoman [1966] vs. [2012]

Though Batman escapes the Sandman’s trap, Robin is left to wander in a deadly maze. A clue leads Batman to Catwoman’s lair, where he informs her of Sandman’s plans to elope with J. Pauline Spaghetti and keep her fortunes to himself. Enraged by the Sandman’s trickery, Catwoman sets out after him. Batman, with the now-rescued Robin, also follows, and the group meet up at Spaghetti’s old deserted pasta factory.

Synopsis from the 1966 Series version

 

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Catwoman has traditionally been portrayed as a super villain and adversary of Batman forming part of the DC Universe Franchise. I don’t know about you but the universe has been kind to her and like a true lady she has just gotten better with age.

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The Paranormal

It is only fitting to end off our horror-themed month with films about paranormal events. There is nothing spookier than the unknown, and what better way to get viewers on the edge of their seats. Here are three famous paranormal films that’ll get your hearts racing. Enjoy!!!

The Amityville Horror [1979]

The Amityville Horror is a timeless classic that will forever live in the hearts of horror fanatics. Many speculate whether or not the story is real or just a publicity hoax, but we’ll leave that for you to decide. The film is truly terrifying and stands out as one of the best paranormal stories and horror films ever made. The film is eerie throughout, filled with haunts and disturbing imagery that were original for its time.

Synopsis

Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house on the coast of Long Island where newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz and their three children move into the house that they hope will be their dream house which ends up in terror. Despite full disclosure by the real estate agent of the house’s history, George and Kathy buy the house. George says, “Houses don’t have memories,” but they turn to their family priest Father Delaney who believes the house is haunted and performs an exorcism on the house. But the evil spirit in the house causes him to become blind and makes him very sick. With the help of another priest Father Bolen and a police detective, George and Kathy face the fears of the house, but not knowing the spirit is planning to possess George and then the children…

 

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The Amityville Horror [1979]

In November, 1974, the prior owner of the home had a son, Ronald “Butch” Defeo Jr, who killed his entire family in a single night as they slept in their beds. He claimed to police authorities that a hit man killed his family, but several other stories of how his family was murdered began to unravel. Ronald was immediately labelled a suspect to the murders, and after enough police interrogation, he confessed to his crimes. But this was no ordinary confession, as Ronald believed that evil spirits in the house told him to kill his whole family. Was he delusional? Or could it be the same spirits who haunted and scrutinized the Lutz family?

Poltergeist [1982]

Produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), one could only imagine this horror film to be anything but a disappointment. Audiences knew they were in for a whirlwind of terrifying experiences combined with never seen before special effects (in case we weren’t scared enough). And if you’ve never had a phobia of clowns, that’s all about to change…

Synopsis

While living an average family house in a pleasant neighbourhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne, seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. It is not for long when the mysterious beings enter the house’s walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but they take a nasty turn- they horrify the family to death with angry trees and murderous dolls, and finally abduct Carol Anne into her bedroom closet, which seems like the entrance to the other side.

 

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Poltergeist [1982]

Poltergeist was a success due to its believable characters, fantastic story line, and that wonderful sense of twisted imagination. Instead of just standing still and letting the special effects overwhelm the cast and audiences, Spielberg and Hooper tried to envision the movie’s strange events through the eyes of the family. This way, the scenes felt more authentic and chilling, as a horror film should.

The Exorcist [1973]

It goes without saying that ‘The Exorcist’ is one of the scariest horror films in film history. No one can deny the brutal shocks and indescribable obscenities that this movie carries, leaving audiences feeling raw and unsettled. One man placed a bet with his friends that he could sit in an empty cinema and watch the entire film. If you guessed he lost the bet, you were right.

Synopsis

A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behaviour and physical makeup of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother’s terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.

 

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The Exorcist [1973]

The film establishes a new low for grotesque special effects. Among the sights to which the audience are exposed to, nothing can be more shocking than watching the possessed girl walk down a staircase on all fours with a face that can only be described as mutilated and ghastly. It is an image that many struggle to erase. The film is not for the faint-hearted, but even horror fans need to prepare for the events of this film.

There are many other paranormal films just as scary and worth watching. Just make sure you’ve got someone sitting next to you – watching a horror on your own is never the best idea. Let us know what your favorite paranormal film is! We hope you enjoyed being spooked out!!!

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Serial Killers: Then and Now

All of us horror fans have a slight obsession with serial killers. We find their psychopathic frame of mind rather intriguing, and we all want to know where everything went wrong that led them to become sadistic murderers. But more importantly, which serial killer is the deadliest of them all? Many psychotic thrillers have turned into enormous franchises, thus; following one or two remakes. Let’s take a look at one of Hollywood’s three greatest serial killers: Norman Bates, Leatherface, and Hannibal Lecter.

Psycho [1960] vs. Psycho [1998]

If you haven’t heard of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror flick, “Psycho”, you’ve been living under a rock! This psychological horror masterpiece painted Hitchcock as a master film-maker and director, as he changed the way that audiences looked at the psychological horror genre.

Synopsis

Phoenix office worker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam’s California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.

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The 1998 remake, directed by Gus Green Van Sant Jr. angered many critics and viewers, simply because Van Sant didn’t not so much remake the film as he did clone it, virtually shot for shot, line for line. From experience, it is evident that many movie remakes do not exceed the level of the original, however; audiences like to compare the similarities between the two versions, but in this case, it’s easier to talk about what’s different! The most obvious difference is colour. Hitchcock chose to film in black and white, as it added a more darker, sinister edge to the film. The 1960 cast also set a high standard of performances portrayed by Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Vera Miles, Janet leigh, and John Gavin. However; Vince Vaughn’s performance of Norman Bates in the 98’ version was quite chilling and seriously disturbing. We’ll give him a thumbs up for that! But one thing we can’t take away from Anthony Perkins is his close up shot in the final scene. His dark, emotionless eyes really translate the look of a serial killer and psychopath, sending shivers down your spine. Nonetheless, this goes to show that some films should be left alone rather than be tampered with.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [1974] vs. [2003]

In 1974, director Tobe Hooper introduced us to the gut-wrenching, American slasher film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film depicts a family of monstrous individuals who resort to murder and cannibalism after the town they live in becomes deserted. The executioner behind the murders is known as Leatherface, a large, delinquent man who uses a chainsaw to kill his victims. Based on the real-life serial killer, Ed Gein, Hooper thought it would scare viewers even more if Leatherface wore his victim’s faces as masks!

Synopsis [1974]

En route to visit their grandfather’s grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some delicious home-cured meat at a roadside gas station, before ending up at the old family home… where they’re plunged into a never-ending nightmare as they meet a family of cannibals who more than make up in power tools what they lack in social skills…

Synopsis [2003]

Driving through the backwoods of Texas, five youths pick up a traumatized hitchhiker, who shoots herself in their van. Shaken by the suicide, the group seeks help from the locals, but their situation becomes even more surreal when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It’s quickly apparent the residents are a family of inbred psychopaths, and the unlucky youths suddenly find themselves running for their lives. In hot pursuit is a disfigured, chainsaw-wielding cannibal known as Leatherface.

 

unnamed-1Most viewers like to remain loyal to a film’s original piece, but in this case, there are mixed opinions. Both versions are terrifying and will leave you with an unsettling feeling throughout the film, but which one is better? In 2003 Marcus Nispel and Michael Bay decided to produce a remake of this classic horror flick with a little modern-day twist. Although the remake followed the same story line, more or less, slight alterations were made. The biggest change of all was the transformation of the Sawyer family to the Hewitt family. Some female characters were added to the Hewitt family but the same level of cruel and merciless behavior was present.

The 1974 version lacks a lot of blood and guts, which actually makes this a masterpiece as it still brings out the terrified side in all of us. All of the gore that was absent from the original was put full-force on display in the remake. The modernization of film making has left viewers almost desensitized to the amount of violence exposed to us on screen, so what good would the 2003 remake be without all the blood and guts? One thing is for sure, the obscene amount of gore in the remake brings a new form of discomfort and anxiety to the audience that was missing in the original. Most viewers would agree that the sight of leatherface alone is enough to make your skin crawl. He is ruthless, sadistic, and to put it plain and simple, psychotic.

Silence of the Lambs [1991] vs. Hannibal [2001]

Anthony Hopkins gives the award-winning performance of Hannibal “the cannibal” Lecter, a flesh-eating psychiatrist villain with no mercy to spare. Lecter was first introduced to us in the well-acclaimed thriller, The Silence of the Lambs, followed by the riveting sequel, Hannibal.

The Silence of the Lambs [1991]

Synopsis

FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, including trying to hide or put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency’s Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford does ask her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned thus far for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer, he who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter’s brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight especially around the hips, all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin.

Hannibal [2001]

Synopsis

The continuing saga of Hannibal Lecter, the murdering cannibal. He is presently in Italy and works as a curator at a museum. Clarice Starling, the FBI agent whom he aided to apprehend a serial killer, was placed in charge of an operation but when one of her men botches it, she’s called to the mat by the Bureau. One high ranking official, Paul Krendler has it in for her. But she gets a reprieve because Mason Verger, one of Lecter’s victims who is looking to get back at Lecter for what Lecter did to him, wants to use Starling to lure him out. When Lecter sends her a note she learns that he’s in Italy so she asks the police to keep an eye out for him. But a corrupt policeman who wants to get the reward that Verger placed on him, tells Verger where he is. But they fail to get him. Later Verger decides to frame Starling which makes Lecter return to the States. And the race to get Lecter begins.

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Just when you thought a sequel might ruin the original, an even better adaptation unfolds. Even the name “Hannibal” gives people the creeps, because most of us associate the name with the cannibalistic serial killer. It is evident that both films were a tremendous success, however; Silence of the Lambs is where we first met Lecter, suggesting that this was the starting point of his sadistic legacy. Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lecter caught the imagination of viewers and transformed the doctor into an unforgettable monster and comic figure.

All three serial killers are inspired by real-life events, which makes the films even more terrifying to watch. But that’s what horror is all about! It’s hard to explain why we like watching horror flicks, even though they give us nightmares and scare us beyond belief. Maybe it’s the thrill we get when we don’t know what’s coming! It’s all about SUSPENSE! It’s a great excuse to chow on your popcorn, or cuddle up closely to a friend. Either way, horror is here to stay!

 

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DRACULA: Then and Now

Dracula has been around for years and every generation of filmmakers has their own take on this mythical creature. Where did Dracula originate from and how did filmmakers bring their renditions to the screen.

DRACULA (NOSFERATU) [1931]

This movie is based on the novel written by Bram Stoker and even though it had been put into a film in 1922 under the name ‘Nosferatu’ this German masterpiece was still not a match for this true cinematic classic that was ‘Dracula’. The main actor, Bela Lugosi, rose to instant fame when he played the part of this suave and sophisticated nobleman who had ladies swoon with his cultured Hungarian accent.

Synopsis

After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian Mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina’s health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina’s fiancé, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.

Now, fast-forward to present day and we have a smorgasbord of Dracula / vampire movies and TV series to choose from and most of them have the common thread, that Count Dracula was the first vampire and their character origins relate to the Count himself. Let’s have a look at a couple of these variations…

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA [1992]

Synopsis

This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away.

The cast includes Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina Murray / Elisabeta and Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

DRACULA: UNTOLD [2014]

This movie being the most recent in the telling of Dracula’s tale.

Synopsis

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost.

The cast includes Luke Evans as Vlad, Sarah Gadon as Mirena and Dominic Cooper as Mehmed and directed by Gary Shore.

A couple of honorable mentions when it comes to spin-offs from the original movie would definitely be….

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles [1994]

Synopsis

It hasn’t even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis’ mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire.

Directed by Neil Jordan and cast includes Brad Pitt as Louis, Christian Slater as Malloy and Tom Cruise as Lestat.

Queen of the Damned [2002]

Synopsis

After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat awakens only to find that the world has changed and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha and she wants him to become her king…

Directed by Michael Rymer and cast includes the late Aaliyah as Queen Akasha, Stuart Townsend as The Vampire Lestat and Marguerite Moreau as Jesse.

And Last but not least…

DRACULA [2013 – 2014] TV Series

Synopsis

Dracula travels to London, with dark plans for revenge against those who ruined his life centuries earlier. However, his plan is complicated when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

This TV Series consists of 10 episodes, directed by Cole Haddon and the cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson, Jessica De Gouw as Ilona and Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing.

If the supernatural is your kind of thing, then it’s safe to say you are familiar with the Count and all the variations of his origin and existence. We might have mentioned a couple of movies that you have not seen yet or we might have rekindled some spark in you to watch them again. Either way vampire stories are here to stay so if you love them, welcome them into your home and if not, stock up on the garlic…. It’s gonna be a long night.

Movie Information courtesy of IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/?ref_=nv_home