Vampire Day Soiree: Mini Reviews of Memorable Vampire Movies

Hey guys, I decided for the Vampire Day Soiree I’d do a set of five mini reviews of vampire films, both recent and old. If these mini review interest you, or vampires general be sure to let me know and I’ll do lots more. Actually, I think mini reviews would be good on this blog – I’m one of those that don’t like reading through a whole three page review explaining about the tiniest plot details that I want to watch for myself.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the creator of this event, Holly’s blog here. I’ve also tried not to spoil too much!

Blade: Trinity (2004)
This movie was just the right amount of fighting and plot. Usually, as seen recently in the movie Safe House, the characters are without development and this leaves the plot dead (in this case using the max amount of volume to try and get the audience to react). The movie is basically about Blade who is now wanted by the FBI as a serial killer. But there are bigger problems – namely a plot to rid the world of the vampire race and Dracula plays a big part (how good is that?).


The Hunger (1983)
This movie was, strange. I loved it and it certainly held the vampire feeling. The plot was pretty amazing and very theatrical, it held a very Gothy edge to it. Not to mention David Bowie (a main character!) is in the first scene dancing to Bela Lugosi’s Dead! The trailer really didn’t appeal to me much but this opening sequence just HAD to be scene. Miriam, an Egyptian vampire feeds on her lovers. In return they gain en-longed youth. This youth however doesn’t last forever. We watch as she is trapped within her own murder.

Underworld: Awakening (2012)
 This is a move recent film that I went and watched at the cinema at my boy friend request. To be honest, I’ve seen the other Underworld film but I didn’t particularly like them. This, however, what GREAT. We watched it in 3D and it’s the first time I’ve seen the 3D done well; I literally jumped and hid into Coen every time a bullet or glass came flying right for us!

The films about Selene awakening up a long time under here families existence with quite a few surprises. The world had supposedly been rid of vampires and Lycan clans have been forced under ground – or so the world thinks. This is another action packed film but it does have some very good plot and some moderately well done plot twists.


Cirque du Freak: The Vampires Assistant (2009)
 Now for a change of pace with this Action/Adventure film. This is definitely not a film not to be taken too seriously; it’s a bit childish and contains a fair amount of mentionable humour. The film all starts when Darren and his best friend go to a travelling Freak Show and meet a man that turns out to be a vampire. The plot is very teen-movie-esque (but don’t we all love a little bit of cheese?) but it doesn’t take away from the entertainment.

One thing that I can’t stop remembering about the film is the blue filter that is used throughout the whole film. It really just bring this movie visually to a more vampire atmosphere and I really wish it wasn’t strictly an action-movie thing – though to be honest the movie does have it’s vampire fight scene, notably with double topping of cheese.

Fright Night (2011)
Silly, Silly, me actually thought this film was suppose to be a horror and, of course, parts of the trailer make it out to like that. Unbeknownst to me the movie was a Horror-Comedy and it really did like up to that title. The film is about a teenager who, to sum it up, find out his neighbour is a vampire. I have no idea, for the life of me, why I was expecting something along the lines of Rear Window with a vampire twist (which in my mind would make a great and very modern horror!)

Well, the movie is another to not be taken seriously, it has it’s very funny parts but it doesn’t in my opinion live up to the title horror. It’s not a movie for those looking for a vampire movie filled with death and blood, like I was, but instead more of a teenage movie (as I did know!) with again, a lot of cheese on top.

Best wishes,



  1. February 14, 2012 / 11:18 am

    great reviews… fright night is awful… watch the original, it makes the comedy/horror work better.

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  2. Dalestair Kidd
    February 14, 2012 / 11:24 am

    Cirque Du Freak is actually a part of a series of books. If you like the story line but want to see it in it's original, darker format, I highly recommend reading "The Saga of Darren Shan"

  3. February 14, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Actually, I already knew that. :3

    It doesn't seem like my type of reading material though.

  4. February 14, 2012 / 11:47 am

    I was considering that, actually. I bet the original is much better. :3

  5. Cherish Grave
    February 14, 2012 / 12:03 pm

    I just watched Fright Night this evening, I found it quite cheesy, but quite funny as well.

    Peter Vincent is especially awesome. 😀

  6. Miss Eva Morgan
    February 14, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    Isn't it always?

  7. February 14, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    I wasn't aware there was a movie of Cirque Du Freak, I read that book years ago!
    I love The Hunger 🙂

  8. Kayla Osiecki
    February 14, 2012 / 2:42 pm

    I prefer the original Fright Night, which I think was made back in the 80's. I absolutely loathe the remake.

  9. February 14, 2012 / 8:29 pm

    Awesome. I loved Cirque Du Freak but it kind of gets left out of a lot of Vampire lists. I haven't gotten to see the new Underworld movie yet but I hope to get a chance to before it's out of the theaters. I love the Underworld series!
    It' been nice "partying" with you at the Vampire's Soiree. 🙂

  10. February 14, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Here from the Vampire Soiree. My favorite vampire movies are Salem's Lot and Fright Night.

  11. S. L. Hennessy
    February 14, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    I love every movie you listed – some more than others, but they're def all in my collection. Seriously great choices. And great post. Happy Vampire Day.
    P.S. I rarely follow someone just because I like the title of their blog – but yours demands it.

  12. LittleGothicHorrors
    February 15, 2012 / 1:03 am

    'The Hunger' is a classic – so '80s music video in style. Plus, I love David Bowie! The 'Underworld' films are great too! I haven't seen the 'Blade' movies, or 'Cirque du Freak: The Vampires Assistant', but I'll have to get around to them. I tend to be a lone wolf in this opinion, but I really enjoyed the 'Fright Night' remake, and infinitely preferred it to the original. I found Colin Farrell's character so sleazy and sinister, and David Tennant is awesome as Peter Vincent.

  13. VictorianKitty
    February 15, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    Hmmm.. I will have to check out the new Underworld. I loved the first one, but hated the second. Maybe the third will be somewhere in the middle. 😉 I'll probably skip the 3D part, though. Thanks for these wonderful rmini-reviews. Please do more! 🙂

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