Transylvania Twist (1989)

Transylvania Twist is a rather lame comedy, but in its harmlessness it is simultaneously also rather inoffensive. Some of the jokes land, but quite possibly not enough to justify watching what is – in the end – a rather poorly patched together project. […]

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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. […]

Nadja (1994)

Micheal Almereyda’s Nadja, produced by David Lynch, is a rather odd vampire film with a fair amount of hidden and deadpan humour. With its unusual humour and its experimental visual style, this black & white film will probably not be to everyone’s taste. […]

Van Helsing (2004)

Kate Beckinsale moonlighting in a non-Underworld blockbuster and Hugh Jackman taking time off from playing Wolverine – casting-wise the film certainly didn’t do anything wrong.
What causes Van Helsing to end up being a pretty mediocre film are the writing and the pacing. Still, the film is not as bad as many reviews might have caused you to believe. […]

Dracula’s Curse (2006)

This is a very sub-par vampire film from the people at The Asylum. In some departments of this production there seems to have been enough talent that would have allowed to produce a solid B-movie, but bad writing, a bulging back-story, and a convoluted plot mean that this film turned out very messy instead. […]

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. […]

The Last Sect (2006)

I had seen this DVD occasionally in shops over the past few years, but never bought it as I assumed it was not worth the money. Now I have fished it out of the bargain bin for 2 Euros. And I have to say that it still feels to me like I paid too much.

The film has no story to tell. And in addition to a complete lack of any scares or horror, there are also not nearly enough action scenes in this film, while any attempts to create mystery or eroticism fail.

Which in the end means that, unfortunately, the good acting and some honest effort on most fronts cannot make up for an “empty” film and a very thin plot. […]

Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

One of Jesús Franco’s many sexploitation films, this German-Spanish co-production is quite a sorry affair full of plot holes and inconsistencies. There is very little of interest in this film, unless you are looking for inspiration to redecorate a room in a ‘70s fashion (and primarily in red). So, unless you are an interior designer, I suggest you pass this one up. […]