Graveyard Shift (1987)

Jerry Ciccoritti’s Graveyard Shift is not the best vampire film you’ll ever see, but it is possibly one of the most ‘80s films out there. And with its random visual elements including yuppie/dinky culture, music videos, and noir, and the shortcomings in its story, you might well describe this film as style-over-substance. […]

Angel [season 1] (1999-2000)

The first season of this Buffy spin-off creates its own, darker tone and is rather successful in its noir-ish world-building. But the actors are still trying to fit their characters into the new character constellation, and so there is some adjustment going on – which leaves room for improvement in the acting. […]

Kindred: The Embraced (1996)

While Kindred is not a bad show, watching it feels like a bizarre trip back in time. With its style, tone, and dated fashions, it is very hard to believe that this was broadcast just a year before Buffy premiered. There is nothing here to connect to, so you are merely observing the characters rather than developing any interest in them. […]

Frost: Portrait of a Vampire (2003)

Frost is a film that has its strengths and its weaknesses; and possibly more of the latter than the former. It meanders around for quite some time, with the final half hour (the actual horror part of the film) feeling much more interesting and atmospheric than the rest. […]

Blade: The Series (2006)

Blade: The Series is a TV show conceived as a continuation of the three Wesley Snipes Blade films, but it does not star Wesley Snipes. The show’s concept is very promising, but it is bogged down by writing issues. Severe competition and high production costs meant that it was not continued after the first season. […]

Eternal (2004)

This Canadian drama aims for horror, suspense, and eroticism – but it does not really achieve any of those.
While it is a very good-looking, well-produced film with a good cast and a mesmerising performance by its female lead, it unfortunately feels a little bit style-over-substance and its plot falls mostly flat. […]

Bordello of Blood (1996)

This cinematic release under the Tales from the Crypt banner is a somewhat lacklustre comedy-gorefest with a weak story. […]

Der Fluch der Grünen Augen (1964)

A US Interpol agent is sent on a mission to a remote European village that is suffering from a suspiciously high death rate amongst young women. Are there supernatural forces at work, as the superstitious villagers seem to believe?

This German-Yugoslavian co-production (released under English titles such as Cave of the Living Dead or Night of the Vampires) suffers from rather lame writing. It is not a particularly bad film, but I cannot think of a single reason to watch this. […]

Nocturna (2015)

Nocturna – known in the UK as Vampire Blood – is an interesting and not-too-bad vampire film set in New Orleans. The film had the potential to be good, but has a number of short-comings that drag it down a bit. […]

Love at First Bite (1979)

Having been forced to flee his Transylvanian home, Count Dracula travels to New York in search of the love of his life, who has been reborn as a supermodel.

A lot about this film feels dated, but it is not any worse than the vampire comedies you know from the 1980s. […]