Just watched the classic movie ‘The Last Man on Earth‘. Vincent Price stars in this akward Vampire picture based on the novel ‘I am Legend’. When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, sort of a cross between vampires and zombies, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.
I can’t get enough of these old vampire movies. These images are from Salem’s Lot, a 1979 miniseries based on a Stephen King novel – whatelse could it be based on but the writings of one of the greatest current master’s of horror. I saw the series this week. David Soul in a starring role. If you are able to ignore the 70’s fashion and terrible haircuts and like a slow paced story, this one is a treat. I had fun with it.
By the way: the bottom shot shows Bonnie Bedelia as Susan Norton, who’s just about to take a bite out of David Soul. Maybe you know her better as Miss McClane from the Die Hard movies. Vampires die hard indeed.
Tonight I watched an old Dracula flick from the Hammer studios: ‘The Satanic Rites of Dracula‘, with Christopher Lee as the count. A very dated, rather slow movie by today’s standards. This time they moved the story to contemporary times, i.e. London in the 70’s. A rather unbelievable plot – which really is one of the joys of these movies. It’s always nice to see Lee in action since I am a real Dracula fan.
Hilversum – Amsterdam 4:30 pm
Last weekend I bought this book at de Oude Manhuispoort, where there are lots of sellers of second hand books. Since I am a big fan of vampire stories and films, I couldn’t resist buying this collection of articles from Fangoria Magazine. It contains on-set reports of films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Lost Boys, and interviews with actors like Christopher Lee and Gary Oldman, Filmmakers and writers of gothic horror like Ann Rice. It’s a nice read and makes the trip home seem less tedious.
Sunnydale, night time
I am watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer once more on DVD. But this time only the episodes I really want to see again, which basically means I watched a big part of Season 2. Now moving on to the third season. I am enjoying the trip down memory lane. Thirteen years after its first season the series still holds up and hasn’t really aged.