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"The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood - Fourth Edition" Book Review

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Published by Hal Leonard Corporation

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Written by Alain Silver and James Ursini
2011, 488 pages, Reference
Released on September 11th, 2011


Let's set the record straight: The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood Fourth Edition is not light reading.  It is a serious reference for those interested in the genre. For good and bad, it looks, smells, weighs, and reads like a college textbook.  It's a hearty 488 pages, containing 800 stunning color photographs and a ridiculously impressive 700+ filmography that will quickly become a vampire lovers go-to resource when either studying for their Dracula 101 mid-term at The University of Transylvania or attempting to silence that annoying horror film-loving friend who claims to know it all when it comes to blood suckers, despite still living in his parents basement.

The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood's strongest feature is the admirable choice to forego the easiest route—that being a rote chronological discussion of vampire films—for the much more creative and rewarding choice to discuss these films thematically, linking these movies and television shows of varying decades in a much more intimate way.  By choosing to discuss themes and not decades the authors, Alain Silver and James Ursini, manage to tie-together those older contributions to the genre previously considered boring or antiquated by a younger audience.  This breathes new life (no pun intended) into classics and long forgotten gems by putting them into a much more relevant and relatable context for Generation Z.  Any book that can make at least one emo-tween consider watching Mario Bava's Black Sunday instead of the latest tepid Twilight entry must be applauded.

Look, even if you can't read, The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood is worth your time.  The pictures peppered throughout the text are gorgeous.  A book that contains photos from Lugosi's Dracula, The Monster Squad, Blade, I Vampiri, Love At First Bite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Lost Boys, Fright Night, 30 Days of Night, Let The Right One In, Blood: The Last Vampire, Underworld, and a myriad of vaunted Hammer Horror films needs to take it's rightful place on your coffee table.  Oh, and without this book I would never had known that Steven Seagal was in a vampire flick called Against the Dark, which I am now obligated to hunt down to satiate my morbid curiosity as to how awful that movie might actually be.  Damn you Mr. Silver and Mr. Ursini.  Damn you to Hell!


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