Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks #15: Vampire Movies

Thursday Movie Picks

Hello and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks! Its October and it's currently the Halloween Edition! I hope you've enjoyed reading mine and other participants picks the last three weeks and even check out some of those movies yourself. It's a new week so continue to brace yourself for some scary flicks as for 5 Thursdays in the month of October, the themes will all be Halloween related. 

October 2 - Unstable Characters (characters that seemed Donnie Darko)
October 9 - Zombie Movies
October 16 - Found Footage Movies
October 23 - Vampire Movies
October 30 - Haunted Buildings

As you can see there are some fun themes in the coming weeks. So if you haven't join us already, now is definitely the time to.

Before we start let's go through some of the simple rules for the newbies; Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each. For more information and future topics please visit the Thursday Movie Picks page here.

This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Vampire Movies


Like last week I am once again doing a hidden gems list.

Living in a part of the world where daylight hours are consistent throughout the year it fascinates me that there are parts of the world that do not get daylight for weeks at a time during certain periods. And this is exactly the premise of 30 Days of Night. In a small Alaskan town, night has enveloped them and a coven of vampires have descended for the darkness have provided the perfect conditions for hunting. Tired of movies with romantic vampires...don't worry, this one only features the vicious kind.

In Byzantium, Clara and Eleanor are mother and daughter who have been on the run from some mysterious men moving from town to town for the last 200 years. Arriving at a coastal town they masquerade as sisters and try to start a new life. I really enjoyed this movie. Visually Byzantium is  beautiful and I love the interesting take on the vampire story especially that at it's center is the mother and daughter relationship with Clara struggling to protect and provide a life for her daughter and Eleanor the eternal schoolgirl who yearns to be free from their secret and tell her story.

Daybreakers (2009)
I've mentioned Daybreakers on this blog once before for the Attack of the Sequels Blogathon. I think Daybreakers is a pretty imaginative movie, painting a world where vampires are the dominant species and everything in it is transformed to serve the needs of vampires (darkened cars, underground tunnels for daylight travelling). Trouble in this vampire world is the dwindling human population meaning the blood supply upon which the vampires are dependent on is almost exhausted. Despite it not being able to fully exploit the great premise and falling apart in the last third, Daybreakers is still a very entertaining action horror movie.


So that's three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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  1. I haven't seen Day Breakers, but I loved 30 Days of Night and Byzantium! Both of those almost made my list.

  2. Great call on 30 Days of Night and Daybreakers. I enjoyed both and even picked one of them myself (not telling, tune in tomorrow). Byzantium sounds really interesting. That's definitely on my radar.

    1. It is. It's about love, hate, revenge and it partly has a period setting which I always enjoy.


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