Die Wolf-Gäng (2020)

This German film, which may not become available in English any time soon, is based on a children’s book franchise created by Wolfgang Hohlbein – a highly prolific German author who usually writes pulp fantasy novels for grownups.

Die Wolf-Gäng, probably aimed at children in the 9-12 age range, looks gorgeous, but has the usual drawbacks that many children’s films have, such as a simple plot based on a run-of-the-mill structure as well as too many plot conveniences. […]

Innocence (2013)

A vampiric story of sorts, Innocence features a teenage girl who suspects that all is not right at her prestigious new school. A mix of visions, nightmares, and psychotic episodes all create a sufficiently eery atmosphere but somehow don’t really pique your interest. […]

The Monster Club (1981)

The Monster Club is a 1981 anthology film whose frame narrative stars Vincent Price and John Carradine. Three stories are told over the course of this film, one of which is a vampire tale. […]

The Little Vampire (2000)

Based on the famous book franchise of the same name, The Little Vampire is a children’s film of middling quality. Although there are little to no major missteps in this film, it somehow fails to rise above mediocrity. And for a film in which so much is happening, it feels surprisingly unengaging. […]

Twilight (2008)

I am going to re-watch and review the Twilight films for this blog, one by one.

The first Twilight film always felt like a decent if inconsequential teen drama to me; but in terms of impact on popular culture this franchise always punched way above its weight anyway. […]

Young Dracula [seasons1&2] (2006-2008)

The first two seasons of this enjoyable BBC show are light and comedic in tone, and hence are – unlike the later seasons – suitable even for younger children. The highlight of these seasons is the performance of Keith-Lee Castle as an out-of-touch vampire father. […]