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Being Human’s final redemption is a reality check

When the the fourth series of Being Human began I asked Can Being Human survive without Mitchell, Nina and George? The answer turned out to be yes, but not for long. 

SPOILER ALERT- CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS OF “THE LAST BROADCAST”. SERIOUSLY, DON’T READ ANYMORE IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED IT YET!

As the fifth series began to air in February, the BBC announced that it would be the last. The departures of the original cast caused inevitable anxiety among fans. But during the fourth series, new vampire and werewolf Hal and Tom settled in well at Honolulu Heights, and were joined by new ghost Alex in time to take over from Annie. Her exit to eternal bliss involved blowing up baby Eve to save the world. That was a daring plot choice, and one that a less brave show might have shied away from and found a loop hole for. Now, the final episode “The Last Broadcast” has aired and the series is over. And I have to say I think the final episode was one of its finest.

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Missing Buffy on screen? Time to embrace the comics if you haven't already...

The Chosen One’s right to choose

“Into each generation, a Slayer is born. One girl in all the world, a chosen one.”
Giles, Welcome to the Hellmouth, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One, Episode One.

Spoiler Alert: Buffy Season Seven, Buffy Season Nine comics

From the beginning Buffy has been a “chosen one”. Now, while Buffy’s story continues in comic form the Chosen One is exercising her right to choose an abortion.

Having been chosen as a slayer rather than making a choice about it is one of the few ways in which Buffy might be considered a weak or passive character. The title of the final episode of the TV show, Chosen, which aired in 2003 reinforced the nature of her calling. But Buffy created a chance to escape the burden of being the only chosen slayer of her generation.[1] Continue reading

Do vampires and laughs mix?

Watching Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers on a Saturday night that I will never get back, I would be tempted to say no. Considering Polanski’s reputation for dark classics like The Knife in the Water, Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion I was hoping for better.

A shocker of a movie

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True Blood is the Life

What makes the True Blood TV series, and the novels by Charlaine Harris it is based on, stand out from the current crop of run of the mill vampire fictions? For those of you currently enjoying Seasons 3 or 4 this article looks back at some of the fundamental starting points of the early episodes. And  for those of you not yet hooked maybe it will inspire you to have a watch.

Charlaine Harris

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1979: Outspoken women take centre stage in the Dracula narrative

There are many films based on Dracula by Bram Stoker. Few of them closely follow the novel. Instead they are adaptions that reflect the times they were made in. One of the most noteworthy is Dracula directed by John Badham in 1979. Kate Nelligan’s Lucy is portrayed as an outspoken woman who is in control. She is no longer a passive victim. The men who are the traditional heroes of the narrative are portrayed as corrupt, incompetent and oppressive.

Kate Nelligan takes the lead as Lucy

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The Vampires’ Journey Part VII. Girl meets vampire boy

SPOILER ALERT: Twilight saga, books and movies

While some current horror films like 30 Days of Night show vampires as monsters who will rip your throat out and massacre entire towns, “ensouled” or other “good” vampires have taken to hanging round with high school girls and sulkily seducing them.

In the early 1990s The Vampire Diaries appeared. These novels by L J Smith featured an American teenager, Elena, who falls for the new boy at school, Stefan. He turns out to be a 162 Continue reading