Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Seven Must See Dracula Movies

Good Evening.

Dracula lives forever... and not just because he's a vampire. He's a great character. Dracula has endured so long partially because he is constantly being reinterpreted by new actors and directors and new generations of fans. Like Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Batman, the Count is being reinvented by each generation and being taken to new and interesting places. 

That said, part of the fun is always debating who the was the best Dracula. Everyone has their own opinion, but in order to answer the question, you really should be familiar with some of the most significant players.  

Here are the seven interpretations of Dracula that I consider "must see" movies for fans of the Count and vampire aficionados in general. These movies vary in style and quality and some stay much truer to the book than others. 

For instance, Christopher Lee's first Dracula film, Horror of Dracula, is nothing like the book. Look for Count Dracula (1970) for a more faithful adaptation of Stoker's novel starring Lee. However, Horror of Dracula is arguably Lee's most definitive Dracula movie.  

Who your definitive Dracula is probably has to do with who played him when you first fell in love with the character. For me it's Christopher Lee, whose Hammer films kept me up many a night as a little kid. However, it's the 1977 BBC version that is my favorite interpretation of Stoker's book. 

The beauty of this list is that all but one of these movies can be seen on YouTube for free or a small rental fee. (You'll have to find the 1973 version somewhere else.) Keep in mind, these are "Dracula movies" and not just films with Dracula in it or vampire movies in general. We'll address those topics soon. (However, I will give a special mention to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which is really a great Dracula movie.)

So who is your favorite Dracula? Which of these movies have you not seen? What did I miss?

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder.

Dracula (1979)  Frank Langella, Sir Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasence.

Count Dracula (1977) – BBC - Louis Jourdan and Judy Bowker

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1973) – Jack Palance

Horror of Dracula (1958) Full Dracula Movie – Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
Dracula (1931) - Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye.

Nosferatu – (1922) - Dracula Adaptation by F.W. Murnau. Starring Max Schreck. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Vegetarian Werewolves, Blue Aliens, Evil Trees and Monster Men

I am way behind on posting Monster Men shows and we have had some great guest lately. We really cover a lot of the horror landscape with shows about horror for children, alien invasions and a cursed tree that drives people to murder. It's a ton of fun. Enjoy.

Monster Men Ep. 81: The Devil Tree w/ Keith Rommel and Lawrence Knorr

Monster Men Ep. 80: Aliens Invade Boom Town with Glenn Rolfe

Monster Men Ep. 79: Scary Stories for Kids- The Vegetarian Werewolf w/ Robert Holt

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10 Lovely Ladies Comfortably Shredding the Comfortably Numb Solo

The guitar work in Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb is spectacular, partially because of the emotion and drama that it conveys and partially because it's just plain an awesome song that was made for tearing up on a guitar. Here are ten talented female guitarists doing David Gilmour proud. We start with the amazing Emily Hastings and then we follow the YouTube links until we become numb… in a comfortable kind of way.

1.     Comfortably Numb solo Emily Hastings

2.     The Amazing Tina S. " Comfortably Numb " Solo  New artist showcase !

3.     Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (cover by Juliette Valduriez)

4.     Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb Solos Cover (by Noelle dos Anjos)

5.     Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb solo cover by Zora

6.     Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd Last Solo Cover by Anastasia

7.     Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb solo cover (Sylwia Urban)

8.     Comfortably Numb Solo: by Juli Morgan

9.     Comfortably Numb Solo | Pink Floyd | Leticia Filizzola

10. Pink Floyd - Comfortable Numb (2nd solo cover)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monster Men Ep. 78: The Horror Movies of IFC Midnight

A new Monster Men is up. If you are looking for a good horror movie to rent tonight, look up the films that IFC Midnight distribute. It's your horror TV Guide for the next year.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Belly Up to the Bar

My Monster Men partner Hunter Shea and I both had the chance to join our pal Jason Brant on Drinking with Jason, his new video podcast. Jason is a horror author and was a great guest on two recent episodes of our our show.

The premise of Drinking with Jason is simple. Jason and his guests choose a beverage and then have a chat online over a few drinks.

Hunter went first and it's a great show. Listening to two horror authors discuss the writing process and the business of writing is interesting enough, but with these two it turns into a hilarious and engaging conversation. Plus, Hunter has a bunch of great ghost stories that you won't want to miss.

Then I took a turn tipping pints with Jason and I had a blast. We covered a lot of ground, including my writing and podcasting work over the years. Highlights include The Purple Goldfish Project, my 24 blog, Dark Dossier magazine and the birth of the Monster Men.  We also talk about a lot of horror movies and I tell a few stories about some of the ghostly places I have explored, including infamous Danvers State Hospital and Lunatic Asylum. It's a pretty funny conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks to Jason for having us on. Please check out Jason Brant's books and support his new show. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Live Long and Prosper

It's the Monster Men tribute to Leonard Nimoy. To the man who was Spock & host of IN SEARCH OF.

 Monster Men 77- In Search Of: A True Legend

And don't miss this one. Monster Men 76: Hammer Glamour & Horror Book Reviews

This episode of  Monster Men has it all, including the smoking hot women of Hammer horror, vampires, possession, Krampus, toxic monsters and zombie Jughead. - Featuring books by Jason Brant, Jonathan Janz, Matt Manochio, Hunter Shea, David Bernstein, Russell James- Author and more.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Monster Men #75 - Island of the Forbidden

Welcome to the Island of the Forbidden

In this episode of Monster Men we celebrate the release of Island of the Forbidden, the new ghostly novel by our own Hunter Shea. You’ll hear the stories behind the book and also learn a little about the life of a horror author.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Monster Men Top Horror Movies of 2014

It’s the Monster Men Top Horror Movies of 2014! We compare our lists of 13 favorite genre films of 2014. You’re sure to pick up a few good flicks for Netflix or Amazon Prime.