Mike / October 11th, 2011
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October 11, 2011 at 1:03 am
I gotta check this one out!
October 11, 2011 at 1:04 am
Man. All of these reviews make me want to have a monster movie marathon.
October 11, 2011 at 1:14 am
The title card or whatever you want to call it with dracula all red and whatnot creeped the the fuck out
October 11, 2011 at 1:19 am
Dracula is pretty cool looking right there… rock on Cinemassacre
October 11, 2011 at 1:25 am
Christopher Lee at his best. Even if it don’t like to play Dracula he was good at it, like Lugosi.. I like old horror movie they were the best.. Thank Cinemassacre to let me see bits of these old and good horror movies..
October 11, 2011 at 1:55 am
The Priest in the movie was actually her uncle, not her father.
October 11, 2011 at 1:57 am
I had no idea that Christopher Lee was being relatively uncooperative with Hammer in this series. I always thought he was just playing the part really well!
October 11, 2011 at 1:58 am
to many religious undertones even for a vampire movie… it was like a propaganda film for the church and that is why i think it has the low rating of G.
ps cinemassacre thank you for all the great videos
October 11, 2011 at 2:08 am
I was never into old horror films until James showed me the classics through Monster Madness, now I’m hooked, and love even the worst B movies out there
October 11, 2011 at 2:36 am
The thing about “B” films, is that people hear that term, and think that it means they’re crap, poorly made, poorly acted, what have you. That isn’t, nor was ever totally true. Sure, there are “B” films, that DO have horrible acting. But there are also “A” blockbusters that do as well. Look at the Transformers films. The thing is, there is no such thing as “B” pictures anymore. The term was used originally because they would have double bills at the theater, often with a “B” film paired up with a more premier film.
But really, you look at a lot of what was, or is, considered “B” movies back then, you have some of the greatest films ever made, even compared to the more “respectable” dramas and whatnot. Films like “Forbidden Planet”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “This Island Earth”, “The Incredible Shrinking Man”, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, etc., were and are really excellent, all around, from the production, to the themes, the writing, the acting, you name it. Even something like the original Godzilla, not only was it really ahead of it’s time in 1954, but it was also, at it’s core, a serious human drama along with being a dark and scary monster flick.
But yeah, I digress. My feeling on the Hammer films is conflicted. On the one hand, Terrance Fisher was, hands down, one of the best horror directors in history. His films usually had class, and a great style to them. Even the lesser known ones, like “Night of the Big Heat” and “The Earth Dies Screaming”. I guess, for me, the original remakes Hammer did, of Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy, were top-notch, excellent films. I just feel that many of the sequels to said films, kind of lost it with time. Ultimately though, I feel like Hammer and Toho had a lot in common, insofar as the 50s and especially 60s were their prime years, but both companies went downhill and their output suffered in the 70s. Hammer, especially, became a victim of the changing tides in the horror industry, as far as excessive gore and smuttier content becoming the norm for most horror films in the 70s and onward. And that’s too bad, because I think most of the 50s and 60s Hammer films had a lot of class, for what most people would usually assume when they think of the word “horror film”.
October 11, 2011 at 2:43 am
Sometimes I wish you’d do a list of all the movies you show in the intros.
They all look so interesting.
October 11, 2011 at 2:53 am
“What were they thinking!?”
haha. Classic James
October 11, 2011 at 3:57 am
“Paul” is like ASH in the first Evil Dead.
Great review James.
October 11, 2011 at 4:10 am
The first one (alien face) is from Nightbeast (1982): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLpTUp9LIw0
The second one (guy cut in half) is from Slither (2006), you can view the scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6maWZuSco8
The third one (living arm) is from Night of the Demons (1988): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKzuj2eavtU
October 11, 2011 at 4:23 am
“What where they thinking”
That brings me back to when I first started watching James videos (avgn)
This movie seems a bit too much about how the church can save everything for my taste, but it’s a little interesting too.
Great video James!
October 11, 2011 at 4:24 am
I hate these “Christianity saves” messages in movies…. IRL praying won’t do didly….
October 11, 2011 at 4:31 am
Haven’t seen this one. Have only seen Horror of and Brides of, but will finish the series out as soon as I get a chance It’s cool the character is an Atheist, but lame that he has to find his faith in order to kill Dracula.
Unrelated, but I’ve always wondered what religion James is. Anyone know?
October 11, 2011 at 4:39 am
On the whole prayer thing, even if Paul was a christian, wouldn’t it make more since for the Priest to pray over Dracula. Since you know he’s a priest and expelling demons is kind of part of his job. Also if faith in Christianity is required to defeat Dracula why doesn’t he just move to a country were Christianity is less common. Hell Romania isn’t that far from the Middle east. In fact there had to have been a turkish remake of Dracula at some point, though I don’t think they addressed the issue.
October 11, 2011 at 4:42 am
I’m not religious in any shape or form, but I do like religion in horror movies. I like the theme, the fairytale badass church that fights evil. It’s the same with violence, obviously I don’t condone it in real life, but when it comes to movies it’s the more the merrier.
As for this particular movie, I like that stakes and crosses have no effect if the user himself isn’t a believer. In my opinion it’d be stupid if any atheist could shove a cross in Dracula’s face and have him flee in terror.
October 11, 2011 at 5:11 am
Today is the first day for me typing “cine” into google did NOT bring up cinemassacre as one of the top 5 choices, making me type a couple extra letters. Now that’s what I call bullshit! I need my Monster Madness fix when I awaken from the crypt.
October 11, 2011 at 6:30 am
I love your reviews, James. Always fun watching them!
October 11, 2011 at 6:59 am
Here’s a list of the titles he used in this video’s intro.
Night of the Demons (1988)
October 11, 2011 at 7:01 am
Can anybody tell me the name of the movie which starts at 00:04 with the girl and the arm please?
October 11, 2011 at 7:02 am
thanks a lot
October 11, 2011 at 7:48 am
This Dracula film looks really interesting. Think I’ll check this one out.
October 11, 2011 at 8:05 am
You’re rather misrepresenting atheists. Most would not say that atheism is the strong belief that god does not exist, that it’s rather the lack of belief that any gods exist. It’s not a position of faith, rather a position recognizing the complete lack of evidence for any gods and consequently lacking belief in them.
Additionally no one believes that science has ALL the answers. The scientific method is the best method to acquire knowledge and create accurate models, but that doesn’t mean that everything is known, and probably never will be.
October 11, 2011 at 8:39 am
Excellent review James, you’re the reason I have suddenly gotten an interest in horror movies, and all these monster madness videos are doing a splendid job of satisfying that interest!
Shame about all the religious comments on your video though. As soon as i saw the atheist character became a Christian, I just knew there would be some raging atheists in the comments. Mainly The_Octopus.
Seriously Octopus? I love how you are implying you are intellectually superior because you’re not a Christian. “Realist”? There are Christian realists too you know. What would it matter to you if James was a Christian? I’m a Christian, but I would still enjoy Jame’s videos even if he was an atheist. Would you enjoy his videos less, or respect his opinions less, if he WAS a Christian? Because it sounds like you would, and that would make you silly.
Anyways, sorry for having to add to the religious tension here, but I just had to get it off my chest.
October 11, 2011 at 8:44 am
Just ordered the tcm hammer series dvd with 2 dracula movies and 2 of their frankenstein movies, can’t wait!
October 11, 2011 at 8:48 am
wow.. everyone is commenting on religeous things?
I was too busy watching the excellent review to care about trivial matters.
for the record though I do not believe in god but who am I to say he exsists or not? if he does then great if not then well whatever… I personally don’t care too much. people should just relax and respect other people already. we aren’t in the middle ages anymore.
October 11, 2011 at 8:57 am
Haven’t seen this one in a long time, but the review jumpstarted my memory. The most important comment James makes is in the end about the story, very accurate. Kudos James! Can’t wait till tomorrow!
October 11, 2011 at 9:09 am
Oh, Octopus, you’re such a misinformed idiot.
October 11, 2011 at 9:24 am
If your that easily offended I would suggest that you stay off the internet.
Anyway good review James!
October 11, 2011 at 9:25 am
Great review, as always. I’m enjoying the ability James is getting this year to talk more in-depth about these movies, best Monster Madness yet if you ask me.
My adivce to everyone that somehow became more concerned with theology instead of the review itself is to just say James Rolfe’s classic saying he uses during the holiday season. “Happy Shut the Fuck Up!”
It’s Monster Madness!
October 11, 2011 at 9:28 am
The_Octopus. I suppose you’re favorite Jones is Cristal skull because it has nothing to do with religion then. and i guess you hate most vampire film because most of those are religious. like come on James always give good reason why he loves the movie and if he is religious or supports it you have to respect that. you don’t have to like it, but you have respect it.
October 11, 2011 at 9:29 am
I think you’re thinking about this WAY to hard. We ALL know the main religion that surrounds the Dracula lore focuses on Christianity, holy water; crosses; the blood and the body. I know you’re upset that the Atheist has to “convert” to kill good ole’ Drac, but what if he was praying just to finish him off. I mean, I don’t think you have to BE Christian, you just have to pray, even if you don’t mean it.
Another question, is it ALL about the Atheism, or would you still be offended if Paul(the Atheist) was Jewish? They don’t believe in any of that Old Testament stuff.
October 11, 2011 at 9:34 am
By the way, Christopher Lee will forever be one of the greatest actors of all time. Dialogue is dialogue, anyone can write something deep and profound. The expression, the conviction, you need to make people full on believe that you are this character.
October 11, 2011 at 10:04 am
Hey, is anyone else having a hard time viewing the last few days of reviews? I haven’t been able to watch any since Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I press play and nothing happens? ? ?
October 11, 2011 at 10:06 am
Taste the Blood of Dracula should be next. That is the only Dracula dvd (besides Noferatu) I own I never got around to watching it yet because I wanted to wait til I eventually picked them all up and I was happy to see your doing the Hammer Dracula’s so I will see a preview of Taste the Blood I also got it along with Curse of Frankenstien.
October 11, 2011 at 10:08 am
@BuckyFlyer Happens to me too usally when the video is posted it happens but I just come back at a later time and watch it and it seems to work so maybe try resetting your computer or come back later to watch it.
October 11, 2011 at 10:20 am
I was surprised to see George Costanza at the beginning there … Didn’t know he worked in a church in Europe before he moved to New York …
October 11, 2011 at 10:21 am
Their’s nothing like having a bowl of Count Chocula while watching Monster Madness.
October 11, 2011 at 10:49 am
There is any list of the titles of the movie clips shown at the beginning of each MM? Because i know some and some not…
I like to know….
October 11, 2011 at 11:01 am
I wish that when there is an atheist in a movie, he stays atheist instead of “converting” as usually happens….
October 11, 2011 at 11:04 am
I dont know, I dont believe there are sentient living forces (gods) guiding the universe on a daily basis. I like to think nature is just going with the flow and sometimes wondrous things happen. I consider myself to be spiritual but people seem to think I cant be unless I believe in a god somewhere shaping the world around me. I feel that those who have to believe in a mind or person guiding them, or watching out for them are somewhat co-dependent. I dont hate them for it or try to change them, we are all who we are. =3
October 11, 2011 at 11:12 am
Finally created an account here to comment on these videos. Fantastic job as usual!
Just had to say: You wonder why they have that opening scene with the woman falling out of the bell. I have to go with the obvious answer:
To see that rack practically falling out of her top!
Okay, i apologize. I’m done. Great series!
October 11, 2011 at 11:20 am
You know, the second he said this movie is rated ‘G’, I sprang to my DvD case to check it out, and yups, G it is. Even more derranged; Dracula A.D. 1972 is PG, you’ll see why that’s oddy when he gets around to reviewing that one.
October 11, 2011 at 11:44 am
If I was attacked by dracula and the only way to save him would be to pray, the town would be doomed.
October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am
only way to kill him*
I really wish we could edit/delete comments.
Great work so far James.
October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Re-read my comment from earlier, I meant to say NEW Testament, the Jewish people didn’t think Christ was the Son of God.
October 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Nice review! Its pretty strange to see an atheist as a main character in a movie like this, one shown to be just a regular guy who happens not to believe in supernatural stuff. He is shown as just being a skeptic kind of guy, which is very fair. It makes for an interesting twist in a plot like this, and it does make sense the atheist would become christian by the end, after seeing clear supernatural phenomena related to religion.
In the context of these movies, Christianity is clearly the true, righteous religion. That is just something you have to accept when the movie starts, its part of the movie’s context just like its time period etc. As an atheist, I don’t find this offensive at all, just like no one really finds offensive movies or stories wherein Greek mythology and other old faiths become true for the span of the story. Its called suspension of disbelief, and its an integral part of the escapist movie experience. Movies like this where faith-based belief systems are given tangible power however do raise questions about whether or not religion in this context still remains based in faith: Faith is defined as being a belief held in spite of lack of evidence. Dracula being killed or repelled through prayer and christian symbols definitively counts as evidence within the movie.
Can characters who witness such things still be said to have faith at all? Would Christianity even still be considered a religion? Wouldn’t it somehow merge with science as being part of the laws which describe how our world functions, the world’s natural forces? How different would such a world be from ours? Heh, that could be a movie in itself…
October 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm
If I may, I think that all James was saying here was that he thought it was an interesting story concept, to have the person who going to slay Dracula be an atheist rather than a man of God like Van Helsing. It adds to the story. Nowhere was he implying what his own personal religious views were. All of the Dracula movies have religious themes in them, because that is how Dracula is killed. You don’t actually have to be religious to enjoy them.
October 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Hey, I think that’s the one I have on DVD. Nice ^^ !
G-rated? I always knew that the rating system makes no sense – especially here in Germany, were “16 and up”-movies can sometimes be MORE violent than “18 and up”-movies Oo
Speaking of Germany: It really pisses me off that these older horror movies are NEVER shown on German television. Seriously, I can’t remember EVER seeing a Hammer Dracula movie on television. Wouldn’t be so bad if the newer horror movies weren’t shitty and censored so much you can barely see what the hell’s going on.
Still, one of the more artsy channels showed the fully restored Nosferatu a while ago. Awesome movie XD !
October 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Please don’t let this site turn into Youtube, where every video is just a forum for Christian vs. Atheist.
We’ve all seen the EXACT same arguments, same points, over and over, and if anything we all know it’s a moot point.
October 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Come on guys, don’t you have something better too do than discussing religion in the comments? I myself am an atheist (don’t believe in the existence of a god) and I’m not bothered by the message in this movie.
So relax and just enjoy the video, dammit!
October 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Awesome review. Just pointing out that the priest was not Maria’s father he was her uncle.
October 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm
lol james man i hate to say it but you kinda painted a target for debate on this one by focusing on the religious aspect of the film. I think a good handful of us understand what you were trying to say in the review and the film simply is what it is. Even if there isn’t a clear opinion being expressed in your review, or the film for that matter, it’s always a heated topic for debate and there will never be any kind of resolution. Atheism will never destroy Christianity, and Christianity will never convert all Atheists. I just wish people were more respectful when expressing their personal beliefs. As for the review itself, i took no offense and i don’t see why others should.
October 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Call me a crazy but I am willing to bet that the decision to rate this movie G was a religious one. I am not trying to get into an atheist vs christian debate here but to my understanding ratings systems and censorship usually comes from religious beliefs or at least groups of religious people pushing for it, not to say some aren’t just uptight people of any faith or lack thereof. So it would make sense to me that a movie with some violence but an overall pro-christian worldview would be something that might get a g rating from a group of mostly christians on the ratings board. It’s less violent than the bible.
October 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm
@Liz There is certainly nothing like it.
October 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm
October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm
I’m Catholic, and I think Dark Castle looks like the worst game ever made.
October 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm
I really like religious themes in movies, especially when it circles around the mythos of christianity or heathenism.
I don’t care if the main character converts. It’s the journey that matters, and it looks really interesting here.
I’ll definetly give this one a watch, if I’m able to find it.
October 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Why is it that whenever you add a comment, they have to reload the page!? Or is it just me?
October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm
I find this movie a little stupid to be honest. Why would an atheist refuse to pray? I mean, he’s fighting against a crazy dude that drinks blood and survives being stabbed in the heart, and when the priest tells him to pray, he still refuses; Isn’t that nonsense? That’s like saying “I don’t believe in aliens” while being right next to a small green guy with big eyes.
And it’s not just that but the way he refuses to pray. He doesn’t just refuse, he says “can’t” pray. As if atheists don’t have the ability to pray or something. That’s stupid. They CAN do it they just don’t WANT to. He should have said “I DON’T WANT TO PRAY”. And believe me, if you were an atheist facing the situation he was in, I think you’d at least give it a try, even if you don’t want to believe in a god.
Apart from that, I don’t know what the message of the movie really is. So an atheist that doesn’t believe in God becomes a believer because he has to fight Dracula? Ok, but in real life there’s no Dracula so I think it’s legitimate to not believe in God too.
I mean, I hope this movie did not expect the viewer to become a christian or something.
October 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Because that would be like Star Wars expecting you to believe in the Force because it defeated Vador
Agree completely with you on the last part. An atheist should be able to watch this movie, and still enjoy the religious aspects without being offended. If I’m watching Clash of the Titans, I’m not accusing the creators of pushing the “Ancient Greek Mythos”-agenda.
October 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm
I agree, stop the religious arguments.
The internet is for arguing about politics.
October 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Arguing is about such things is pointless enough in real life, even more so on the internet…
That being said, it looks like a cool movie that actually has a different story from most Draculas, and an interesting one, at that. I appreciate James filling us in on these classics.
October 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm
I guess they were like “Hey! Let´s give this movie the Care Bear treatment and pretend we care.”
October 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Rated G for Gaping anus
October 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Rated G for “G”reat movie.
October 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm
Let me know if you need Castlevania Chronicles for the ps1, I will hook you up.
October 12, 2011 at 2:27 am
I don’t think James painted a target for debate. Anything slightly religious sparks debate now days, especially when there’s the protection of a computer screen between people. I personally don’t see why people argue about it, It’s pointless. I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe and we’ll leave it at that.
October 12, 2011 at 3:10 am
Please stop asking to not talk about religion when this movie is clearly all about it! What should we be talking about then?
A real movie fan will say “the actors, the effects etc” but come on the plot is not to be neglected too.
That’s like not being able to talk about the holy grail after watching Indiana Jones. Obviously the creators of this movie wanted people to think and maybe talk about religion, and that’s just what’s happening. ^_^
October 12, 2011 at 7:09 am
There are so many goofs in this movie it’s crazy.
AND you can see Dracula’s reflection again in the glass door to balcony!
Ps. the title is just awesome and move is fun.
October 12, 2011 at 11:36 am
That picture of Dracula is so creepy
October 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Yeah, and it’s not her father, but uncle. (watched your monster madness again, it’s so good)
October 13, 2011 at 12:39 am
In regards to the G rating – a brief history of the MPAA ratings system.
- Started in November 1968, and according to filmratings.com (the official MPAA website) this film was indeed rated in 1968.
- The original ratings were: G, M, R, X. And they took the “General Audience” moniker in stride. Many films with material we would think as PG-13 or R today got the G rating because it wasn’t a rating intended to babysit. It was intended to say “your average viewer will not find anything that offensive.” Some G rated films from this era: 2001: A Space Odyssey (has violence with the aoe-men, dark themes, and a murdering supercomputer), Paper Lion (has 2 instances of “fuckin’-a” under football players’ breath along with other cussing), Planet of the Apes (nudity (Heston), lobotomy scars, getting shot in the throat), and so on.
- M rating became GP (then shortly afterwards PG) in a couple years since audiences were confused as to which was the stringer rating between M and R.
- Disney started releasing a ton of shovelware kiddie fare (Love Bug and sequels, Computer Wore Tennis Shoes) in mid-70s, so that by the end of the decade G rated films intended for adults became obsolete (Star Wars had the shot of the dismembered arm in the Cantina inserted in order to avoid getting a G rating).
- You can see the same thing nowadays with PG. With the advent of PG-13, PG has become as obsolete as G, with films like Up and Napoleon Dynamite being given PG ratings because of “thematic elements” (Up – aka “you may cry a little”) and “Language” (Napoleon Dynamite. Seriously – it’s rated PG for LANGUAGE. You know, such dangerous words as “idiot” and “hecka”.)
- In any case, many films from the late 60s / early 70s have been resubmitted to get new ratings because of this since modern sensibilities have changed their meaning, but many are not. Warner especially doesn’t bother unless they want to have an X changed to R or NC-17.
Just thought this would be interesting for you to know. Keep up the great work – putting all thee videos together has got to take time and they’re great!
October 13, 2011 at 9:08 am
ahh, the MPAA, what fine lulz you give us. JAWS and Temple of Doom are PG, Planet of the Apes and this Dracula flick are G. good times. when i was in elementary school, the rule was no movie above a G rating would be shown in class. oh the potential.
October 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm
I dont really get Dracula in this series why dont he just go to a town unaware of vampires?
Also can anyone let me what film clips was used for the intro?
October 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm
An interesting fact is the reason why a vampire cast no reflection, or at least why that started. The belief was that mirrors reflected souls, and since vampires had no souls, they would not appear. This is one reason this myth is largely unused in more modern vampire works, as it portrays the vampires as having souls and not just unholy soulless beings.
October 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm
This is one of my favourite Hammer Dracula films, but it has one detail I really dislike. Making Paul an atheist was brilliant, and it’s fantastic how that was the centrepiece of the conflict. However, Paul blessing himself at the end was a complete let down. I would far more prefer Paul standing by his convictions instead of falling for that religious tripe.
October 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm
All that just because a guy put a cross on his door.
October 23, 2011 at 7:20 am
Sometimes your ratings look like our lousy ratings on videogames!
November 19, 2011 at 4:07 am
Dracula has Risen From the Grave … that’s a bit like the Carebares huh?
I bet your ass it is!! LOL
November 19, 2011 at 4:09 am
You bet your ass it is!! LOL
November 19, 2011 at 8:00 am
Meh, the MPAA shouldnt have been created to begin with. its no winder they did a bad decision, they do it ALL THE TIME.
January 2, 2012 at 10:28 am
I am offended by them portraying an atheist suddenly becoming a Christian. Any atheist is open to evidence but it is unheard of for someone to be swayed into conversion, unless they were on the fence in the first place (and thus wouldn’t declare “I’m an atheist! ”.
I have nothing against religious symbols being a weapon against Dracula or anything, but it seems an unnecessary slap in the face of us who are not Christian that he had to find faith in that religion to be triumphant.
January 2, 2012 at 10:30 am
I am offended by them portraying an atheist suddenly becoming a Christian. Any atheist is open to evidence but it is unheard of for someone to be swayed into conversion, unless they were on the fence in the first place – and thus wouldn’t declare “I’m an atheist! ”.
I have nothing against religious symbols being a weapon against Dracula or anything, but it seems an unnecessary slap in the face of us who are not Christian that he had to find faith in that religion to be triumphant. I’d think that any force for good – Christian, atheist, pagan, or otherwise – should hold the same power against him, as long as the person was strong-willed and good-intentioned.
January 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm
@Yushatak I think vampire jabbing at you is proof enough for this guy.
January 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Being an athiest myself, and seeing the ending to this movie, I do tend to find it insulting. I understand that this is a gothic horror film and vampires are fictional, but just because the film is fictional, doesn’t mean that the situations and characters have to be completely fictional. It’s like (and I hate for bringing this up) Twilight vampires sparkle. Stephanie Meyer says that the reason they sparkle is because it’s fantasy and she just can. Just because you can doesn’t mean you can get away with it without some explaination. same goes for Paul suddenly converting to Christianity. do some Athiests covert to Christianity and vice versa? Of course, but that happens over a long period of time. they don’t flip their minds from one side to the other in a second. that’s just crazy.I agree with Yushatak that I’m not necessarily against crosses or holy water being used in “classic” vampire films and that any force of good really could defeat Dracula as long as they are strong willed and good intentioned.
January 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm
@mblood93 Actually some believers in faith do loose their faith overnight. mostly caused by some stressful event in their lives, like a freaking vampire attack.
January 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm
I just personally think that if Paul initially believed in God, then had some sort of event happen where he began to questioni God’s existence, and through killing Dracula, it restores his faith in God, that would’ve been a much stronger story. I presonally think the story is much weaker establishing that he’s an athiest and making him instantly convert to Christianity. It’s possible that that happens in some cases, but I can assume that that’s very rare.and btw, I’m not trying to get a fight with you if that’s what you’re assuming.
January 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm
And I really dislike how they change the mythos of killing a vampire. in tradtional folklore to my knowledge, a stake through the heart does the trick. but now they pull that “you must pray” schtick out of their ass for some reason? you never heard Edward Van Sloan saying a prayer after he killed Bela Lugosi in Dracula, and you never heard Peter Cushing reciting a prayer as he was holding the cross to push Christopher Lee in the sunlight in Horror of Dracula. Now, if you did have to pray to stake/just kill a vampire in general according to traditional folklore, then I’d accept that. But don’t pull this “you must pray” bullshit out of nowhere to get some sort of message across to non-Christians. That just being a jackass.
On another note, love Veronica Carlson in this. Such a beautiful, gorgeous woman!
April 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm
How did the dead girl’s boobs not fall out of her top while hanging upside down? That’s the question I asked.
Wait, the priest is pissed that the guy’s an atheist, but what is a Catholic priest doing having a daughter anyway?
May 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm
I wouldn’t be surprised if the MPAA gave this a “G” rating because the Atheist became a Christian.
@mblood93 I agree completely with you, having Paul start out as an Atheist and then become a Christian was pretty offensive and the thrown in “you must pray” element with the Atheist character was almost certainly just meant to slap non-Christians in the face. Your point about having the character be someone with a shaken but pre-existing faith would have been far more effective and far less offensive is spot on.
October 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm
@captveg: “Star Wars had the shot of the dismembered arm in the Cantina inserted in order to avoid getting a G rating”. Wow. It’s the first time I hear about a movie asking to be censored.
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