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by Alain Silver

  • ISBN: 0879103809
  • Category: Humor
  • Author: Alain Silver
  • Subcategory: Movies
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions; 4 edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Pages: 488 pages
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  • Rating: 4.2
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The Vampire Film book. In the thirty-five years since The Vampire Film first.

I had been waiting years for this fourth printing.

The 2010 release is the first update in almost 15 years. However, the format and scope of the book has remained fairly consistent as evidenced by its retention of a sole scholarly chapter (I define scholarly here to mean identifying specific sources). In chapter one, "Sources of Lore in Vampire Film," Silver and Ursini argue that the reason vampires and their tales hold such sway over us is because the legends informing these stories appear in almost all cultures of the world.

The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Twilight (Paperback). Alain Silver (author), James Ursini (author).

This revised and updated version of the original 1985 title covers the popular film genre from 1922's silent pioneer, Nosferatu .

This revised and updated version of the original 1985 title covers the popular film genre from 1922's silent pioneer, Nosferatu, to 1992's more turkey than bat Bram Stoker's Dracula. His articles have appeared in numerous film journals, newspapers, and online magazines. from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America west and the Directors Guild of America.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Interview . Minimal damage to the book cover eg. scuff marks, but no holes or tears. If this is a hard cover, the dust jacket may be missing. Binding has minimal wear

Minimal damage to the book cover eg. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with some creasing or tearing, and pencil underlining of text, but this is minimal. No highlighting of text, no writing in the margins, and no missing pages.

Vampire Source Material Vampires began to emerge in popular fiction in the .

Vampire Source Material Vampires began to emerge in popular fiction in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, during which time Irish writer Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel, Dracula, was written.

But the clan is far more than a motley assembly of twisted freaks.

In the thirty-five years since The Vampire Film first appeared, new generations of filmmakers have constantly reinvigorated the genre. After this book's original in-depth introduction to the vampire myth and a review of the all the classic adaptations of Stoker's Dracula and Le Fanu's Carmilla including the narrative and visual traditions developed by Hammer in England and the Baroque stylists in Italy in the 1960s, this newest edition will track the form's evolution from such 1970s reinventions as Count Yorga Vampire and Blacula, The Hunger and Vampire's Kiss in the Eighties, Interview with a Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the Blade series in the Nineties, through 30 Days of Night, I Am Legend and the Twilight and Underworld series in the first decade of the 21st century. All these films plus celebrated international examples such as Thirst and Let the Right One In and the hit television series Buffy, New Amsterdam, Angel, Vampire Diaries, and True Blood, are covered in this long-awaited, completely revised, expanded, and redesigned 4th edition that follows the vampire figures, both male and female, through the millennium and beyond.
Reviews about The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Twilight - 4th Edition, Updated and Revised (7):
Ynonno
I had been waiting years for this fourth printing. The 3rd edition helped me survey the older films, but I was itching to see a listing and discussion of newer works such as Underworld. I am mostly satisfied with the results, but I do have a couple suggestions re: areas for improvement.

The chapters include: Sources of Vampire Lore in Film, The Male Vampire, The Female Vampire, Dracula A.D. 1992, Countess Dracula A.D. 1992, Stylistic Variations, The Vampire at the Millennium, and Vampiress Rising. This is followed by a hundred-page Filmography.

The authors state in the beginning: "The cost, the aims of the filmmakers, the color of a vampire's eyes--none of these are criteria for us as film critics." Sounds good. They go on to say, "Free of the constraints of merely appending to the existing text, we have been permitted to reposition, reillustrate in full color, and reconsider as we see fit." Right on!

However, they also state that "we have allocated space to little-known titles that evidence a novel approach over lengthier discussions of accepted classics." If only this were true, it would be a 5-star book. How about less on Bram Stoker's Dracula, and more on the BBC's 5-series "Being Human," which was highly original and spoke volumes about the contemporary vampire, despite Mitchell being only 1 of the 3 supernatural protagonists. I realize that it's a subjective topic, but I feel the authors missed the mark on pointing out some of the newer masterpieces.

PROs
✔ Comprehensive in scope
✔ Impressive selection of movie posters, stills from films, and other fitting images
✔ At times provides valuable insight into certain works
✔ Much appreciated that the book isn't confined to cinema, as television has been the source of some of best vampire stories in the past 15 years or so

CONs
✘ In an age where you can go online and find out the plot summary for just about anything, I'd rather have discussion of allegory, social commentary, etc. than a plot summary
✘ The scholarly approach is inconsistent (I'd prefer more analysis and less simple spoiling of the film)
✘ There's more than enough about the Twilight saga, yet the outstanding 5-season Angel gets one anemic paragraph and isn't even in the index of the book? (at least "Boreanaz" is)
✘ How about more than a paragraph about the 3-season Forever Knight, which established methodology used by subsequent vampire TV serials, including the contextual motif of flashbacks to previous centuries. While Forever Knight is not good television by today's standards, subsequent shows (like Angel) borrowed from or paid homage to Forever Knight, e.g., is it a coincidence that Nick Knight, Angel, and Mick (Moonlight) all chose to drive convertibles?

Overall, I am grateful that they put out the 4th addition, and I'm quite glad it's on my bookshelf next to the 3rd ed.
Pettalo
I have been a vampire film fan since watching the Lugosi 1931 'DRACULA' back in the early sixties on Television. I first purchased this book back in 1976 when 'COUNT YORGA,VAMPIRE' was part of the new vampire releases and not too many of the European horrors were released in the states as of yet so there was very little devoted to them. Now in its fourth release, Ursini and Silver have delivered the definitive version ever with all color photographs, extensive and expanded filmography spanning the vampire film output from all countries, and errata from the previous releases all corrected. Starting with a chapter on the history of vampires in fact and literature, they explore the origin of the vampire on stage and the film medium. It starts with 'VARNEY THE VAMPIRE' , the screen adaptations of the DRACULA character in all his incarnations including the HAMMER FILM cycle, the legend and films of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory and vampire off shoots from European cinema such as the Filipino vampire, energy vampires and others. We have updated chapters on European Directors Mario Bava and Jean Rollin, extensive coverage on the newer vampire movie series such as 'BLADE', 'UNDERWORLD' and the 'TWILIGHT' saga and they also cover the television series such as the underrated 'FOREVER KNIGHT', 'BLOOD TIES' , 'DARK SHADOWS'(Both series including the two films) all the way up to 'MOONLIGHT', 'TRUE BLOOD' and 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES'. If you are a vampire lover or horror fan , click the add to cart button and sink your fangs into this excellent film book. You will have a bloody good time.
Xurad
I had high hopes for this book as a text for a class I'm teaching on Vampire Movies. It's comprehensive, and full of pictures, but as I read the text, I found myself bogging down and losing interest. Part of it is the strange organizational scheme of the book. A big long chapter on "The Male Vampire" (that is so broad! It includes 3/4 of the vampire movies ever made!) and then a chapter on "The Female Vampire." Inside each chapter there is some interesting analysis and cultural/historical positioning of films, but most of the books seems to be just short reviews of different movies, and these reviews are mostly a) lengthy plot summaries and b) rather irritating film critic style evaluation of each film's merits. Much of what is said about the original Dracula, for example, is about how the camera work in the middle of the film is too uninspired and ineffective. I was looking for a film that could help students (and me) understand how vampire movies reflect and reinforce cultural anxieties, and how historical events influence the shape of these movies. I suppose this book might be useful for introducing you to some movies you haven't heard of, but as a truly insightful analytical text, no.
Dugor
I bought the first edition of the book when it came out and I've bought each revised addition as well. This is the best book I've found on the genre. If you you're a fan of the genre you need this book.

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