The Pandora Society Sir Christopher Lees Top Five Movie Roles.

For many, British actor Sir Christopher Lee seemed like one of those ageless people who might go on forever, a person who might actually be as immortal as the infamous vampire whom he portrayed so many times on the big screen. On June 7th, 2015, however, Leesbody finally failed what seems like an unstoppable spirit, and one of the most interesting men of this era died.

The news of Lees death only became public on June 11th, 2015, and nerds all over the globe lamented his passing and remembered him with revered fondness . . . a man both charming and intimidating at once. Yesterday, active members of The Pandora Society Facebook Group, were polled with regards to their favorite on screen roles of Sir Christopher Lee, and here are the results . . .

In 1999sThe Phantom Menace,the new villainy of theStar Warsuniverse was the stoic Darth Maul and the mysterious Darth Sidious, but in 2002 Darth Tyranus, aka Count Dooku, gave a new face to the dark side of the force, and a soothing seductive voice to go with it. Dooku is a former Jedi, described as a political idealist, it is revealed that Qui Gon Ginn (Liam Neeson) was Dookus padawan, and that Yoda was Dookus master, but little exposition is given as to why he left the Order.

Dooku emerges inAttack of the Clones as the open leader of the newly formed Separatist Planets who wish to secede from the Republic; he is in essence the Jefferson Davis ofStar Wars.In secret, however, Dooku is the latest apprentice of the evil Darth Sidious whois plotting the internal downfall of the Jedis and the Republic. InRevenge of the Sith, Dooku only has a shortappearance, leading up to his betrayal by Sidious, but inThe Clones Warsanimations and TV series Dooku (voiced by Lee) gets far more screen time and character development than both of the live action films combined.

The Last Unicorn,adapted from the book by Peter S. Beagleof the same title,seems to reside in a similar nerd space asThe Princess Bride (1987) for being a fantasy sword and sorcery tale that is more popular with female audiences than male. Released in 1982, there is something distinctly 70s in the films production, the style, the soundtrack, and that post-hippie movement vibe.

Christopher Leevoices King Haggard, the ruler of a dreary kingdom who has never been happy, save for when he looks at unicorns. Beagle described Lee as the last of the great 20th Century actors, and either the most-literate or second-most literate performer Ive ever met.When Lee came in to work, he brought his own copy of the novel wherein he took note of lines that he believed should not be omitted.Lee, who wasfluent in German, also voiced King Haggard in the German dub of the film.

NOT to be mistaken with the 2006 remake withNicolas Cage,The Wicker Man is a strange thriller in which police sergeant Neil Howie(Edward Woodwood) is sent to Summerisle, a Scottish island village, in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

Christopher Lee plays theleader of the village, the eccentric and charming Lord Summerisle, third generation Laird or owner of the island. Descended from his grandfather who came to the isle full of mid-Victorian zeal as he put it, Lord Summerisle has maintained and encouraged the pagan beliefs instilled in the islands population by his father and grandfather. The islands seemingly unnatural ability to sustain tropical plant species, abundant crop yields, and fruitful orchards is attributed by all to their worship of the old gods.As the plot progresses and the investigation unfolds, the conflict betweenSummerisle andHowie becomes a showdown between Paganism and Christianity.

Despite Lees 70 year acting career and numerable roles, the role of Dracula is the most prominent part of his legacy. Between 1957 and 1976, Lee was a regular troupe member of the Hammer Horror Studiothat created numerous horror films in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His first appearance asCount Dracula was in 1958 withDracula,and for the following 15 years he played the infamous vampire in seven sequels:The Brides of Dracula (1960),Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966),Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968),Taste the Blood of Dracula (May 7, 1970),Scars of Dracula (November 8, 1970),Dracula AD 1972 (1972), andThe Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973).

Lees Dracula is the third step in the characters onscreen evolution. The first incarnation of Dracula was Max Schreck inNosteratu(1922) as Count Orlok, a very sub-creature being, and then in 1931 came Bela Lugosi inDracula who added sophisticationand seductive charm to the role, but still had that foreigner non-Anglo look which signaled to a 1930s audience racial inferiority. Standing at almost six and a half feet and with chiseled facial features, Lee brought an entirely new level of powerfulness to the role, and for three decades he dominated the standard against which all over Dracula performances would be measured.

After his tenure as Dracula, Christopher Lee was constantly busy with numerable films and TV shows per year, but in 2001 Lee seem to undergo a renaissance in the public eye with his role as the wizard Saruman inThe Fellowship of the Ring.

Sarumanis leader of the Istari, wizards sent to Middle-earth in human form by the godlike Valar to challenge Sauron, the main antagonist of the novel, but eventually he desires Saurons power for himself and tries to take over Middle-earth by force. His schemes feature prominently in the second volume, The Two Towers, and at the end of the third volume, The Return of the King. His earlier history is given briefly in the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.

From the set ofThe Return of the King, comes the now legendary tale of Christopher Lees being an utter bad ass! Director Peter Jackson was blocking a scene in which Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) stabs Saruman in the back. After Jacksons long explanation about how he wanted Lee to react, Lee calmly asked, Have you any idea what kind of noise happens when somebodys stabbed in the back? and then stated, Because I do. Honoring his oaths of military secrecy from World War II, Lee never spoke in detail about his work as a British secret agent, but the myth is that he was actually the real life inspiration for Ian Flemings super spy James Bond.

In a career that lasted 70 years, there were clearly far more than five films suggested by the active members of the Pandora Society. Runners up in the poll includedThe Man with the Golden Gun (1974) as Scaramanga, an adversary with more panache than Bond,Alice in Wonderland(2010) as the voice of the Jabberwocky,To the Devil a Daughter (1974) his last film with Hammer Horror, andThe Color of Magic(2008) in which he was the voice of Death . . . a role that he embraced on June 7th, 2015.

Even though we all realistically knew that Sir Christopher Lee was a mere mortal like the rest of us, he exuded such a larger than life presence, but without any sense of inflated ego or arrogance, that he did seem like he would never leave us. Lee was from a rare breed of manwho possess skill, vitality, and commands respect while behaving like a perfect gentlemen to all whom he meets. On the screen he was the most charming and scary villain whom we all feared and loved at the same time . . . to badly quote Shakespeare . . .Goodnight sweet Prince [of Darkness].

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Sir Christopher Lee's photographic archive has been donated to the British Film Institute (BFI), the organisation has announced.

The collection contains images from throughout the revered actor's career, including portraits from films such as Dracula (1958), The Wicker Man (1973) and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Also included in the archive, donated by Sir Christopher's wife, Lady Gitte, are previously unseen on-set stills and contact sheets.

Sir Christopher, who was honoured with a BFI fellowship in 2013, died at the age of 93 in 2015.

Lady Gitte Lee said: "It was a great joy and an honour for my husband when he was awarded the BFI Fellowship in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the industry.

"I am therefore delighted that the BFI are helping to preserve the heritage of his legacy, by bringing Christopher's photographic archive into the BFI National Archive.

"I am immensely proud of my husband's achievements. One of Britain's best-loved actors, he was a man who entertained audiences worldwide for more than 60 years.

"It gives me great pleasure that his photos will be seen and appreciated for generations to come."

The Sir Christopher Lee Archive provides a "unique first-person account of an extraordinary and prolific career", the BFI said, with previously unseen annotated musings "revealing his crisp, dry humour".

The collection spans more than 60 years.

Nathalie Morris, senior curator of special collections at the BFI, said: "The albums are fascinating for being assembled by Lee himself, especially as they also include his occasional, wryly-observed, comments."

London-born Sir Christopher was known for playing villains throughout his storied career, perhaps most famously Dracula in the Hammer Horror films.

Other roles included Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003).

Sir Christopher was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009.

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Them (2006 film) – Wikipedia

French horror film

Them (French: Ils) is a 2006 French-Romanian horror film directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud.[3] According to a title card at the beginning of the film it is "based on real events".

Olivia Bonamy plays Clementine, a young teacher, who has recently moved from France to a remote but idyllic country house near Bucharest, Romania, with her lover Lucas played by Michal Cohen.

A mother and daughter drive along a deserted country road at night while having an argument and crash their vehicle. The mother goes out the car to check the engine but she disappears. The daughter then calls out her mother but her call is subsequently repeated from the woods by a soft whispering voice. The daughter attempts to call the police, but is strangled to death as she puts her hand on the car window dragging it down.

The next day, Clmentine passes the crashed vehicle. After going to bed with her boyfriend Lucas, Clmentine is awakened by the sound of music outside. They investigate and see their car has been moved away from the house. As Lucas approaches it, the car is driven off. Lucas goes back downstairs to find the TV on and a tap running. He swings a poker at the movement of an intruder and shatters the glass in a door. His leg is impaled by a large piece. He runs back up to Clmentine and the two lock themselves in the bathroom. Clmentine climbs into the attic to find an escape route. One of the intruders grabs her, but she pushes him off a balcony. Clmentine and Lucas flee from the house, locking the second intruder inside.

The pair limp into the woods, only to encounter a fence. Due to his injury, Lucas cannot climb over it. He hides in the bushes as Clmentine heads for help. She sees the light from two torches and realises they are catching up to her. She finds her car but is confronted by the intruders.

Lucas hears Clmentine's screams and finds the car. He kills one of the attackers and discovers it is a teenage boy. He follows her screams and finds a manhole. In the sewers, he finds Clmentine being tortured by another teenager while a younger boy sits nearby, telling the torturer to stop. Lucas kills the teenager. With the help of the younger boy, the two escape through the sewer system. The boy turns on them, and Clmentine watches in horror as Lucas is dragged away. As she is about to kill the boy, he asks, "Why won't you play with us?" Clmentine tries to flee but is dragged off from a small end of the sewers.

The film ends with a group of four hooded children emerging from the woods and running for a bus. On-screen text explains that the bodies of Clmentine and Lucas were found five days later and that the murderers were children aged 1015. Upon interrogation the youngest of the group revealed as an explanation of that night's events that "They wouldn't play with us."

The film has been advertised as being "based on real events". The "true story" on which the film is supposedly based is that of an Austrian couple who were murdered by three teenagers while vacationing in the Czech Republic, but no concrete evidence has emerged to prove this tale.

The film was shot in 30 days. According to Moreau, Olivia Bonamy had suffered from claustrophobia, and so during the scene where her character Clmentine crawls through the narrow tunnels, much of her performance was her genuine fear of being in the tight spaces.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 62% based on 52 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 6.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Suspenseful and tense from start to finish, the French horror film Them proves that a lack of gore doesn't mean a dearth of scares."[4]

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5 Shows Some Improvement In …

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Game of Thrones is over so its time to flip over to my other most-talked about TV universe, The Walking Dead. We are still in the middle of the Whisperer war on the main show, but we are about to see the return of Fear the Walking Dead on June 2.

AMC has sent out screeners already for not just the premiere, but actually the first four episodes of season 5, all of which Ive watched, and the review embargo was yesterday but I forgot about it, so here we are.

The problem is that there is a very, very long list of plot points Im not allowed to talk about with these new episodes, which includes most of the reasons theyre interesting, including the one detail that makes me very curious to see where this season goes. But thats something Ill have to talk about on June 3, I guess.

Otherwise, these episodes arefine. Fear has the same showrunners it did last season, and that isnt ideal considering the quality drop from season 3 to 4 when they took over was immense, and it featured very bad moments like the show killing off Nick, because the actor wanted to leave, and the show killing off Madison, when the actress very much did not want to leave. That leaves us only with Alicia Clarke as the lone surviving member of the core family of the show, and as good a character as she may be, she cant carry the entire show by herself.

Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead could use an Angela Kang-style renaissance to be sure, but what were getting instead is maybe moderate improvements and hopefully the ability to restrain itself from killing off any more key characters.

The plot of this season has half the group stranded in a new area after their plane crashes responding to a call for help (yes they have a plane now. Well, had). The other half is trying to get to them, and this process involves the reveal of two returning characters, Daniel Salazar, who survived his presumed death in Season 3, and Dwight, who has made his way over from The Walking Dead. This is not a spoiler since both of these guys were in the trailer, though I wont say anything about how they arrive. What is clear, however, is that we are absolutely not fully caught up to the timeline of the The Walking Dead after its 6-7 year time jump. Id say we are no more than a year after the end of season 4 of Fear, meaning we are probably 5-6 years at the very least behind the current timeline of The Walking Dead. In short, that means probably no big crossover is coming any time soon.

The most interesting part of this season so far is the slow reveal of a new class of enemies, ones that wear unique armor and are interesting because.well, thats the part I cant talk about. But suffice to say their presence alone is enough to get me interested about the overall direction of this season.

Fear the Walking Dead

My favorite episode of the four I watched is one where John Dorie (still one of the only characters I truly like on Fear) returns to the Old West tourist town where he used to be a trickshooter which results in some fun moments, and one way, way too cheesy one I wouldnt get into now. I like the return of Daniel as hes always been a good character and hes still good here. I was never really a fan of Dwight on The Walking Dead and I dont know how useful hell be here. Hopefully more so than Morgan, who added pretty much nothing of value for his entire season 4 run last year.

Still, as a Walking Dead fan, Fear is still worth watching. So far, at least, there has not been anything outrageously terrible in these first episodes like we saw in season 3, and with the awful deaths of Nick and Madison behind us, hopefully things will be better moving forward this year. Im looking forward to seeing where the show goes next, though now that Ive seen the first months worth of episodes, Ill be waiting a long time to pick it back up with new ones. But Ill have more to say on these first few once they air.

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A collection of scrapbooks owned by Sir Christopher Lee has given new insight into the actors early career and struggle to become a Hollywood star, including a fateful sword fight with Errol Flynn that left him with a nearly severed finger.

The actors wife Lady Birgit Lee donated the three never-before-seen scrapbooks which contain promotional shots, stills from films and annotations, and span from 1948 to 1972 to the BFI archive where they will be available to the public via its research access service at its Southbank location in London.

Nathalie Morris, senior curator at the BFI archive, said that the scrapbooks offer a rare glimpse into the early career trajectory of one of the UKs most iconic actors, who would have been 97 years old on 27 May.

You get a nice sense of his personality. There are nice bits of dry, self-deprecating humour, and lots of charming, witty asides that make you think hed love to spend an evening regaling people with tales.

One of the stories is an incident on the set of 1955s The Dark Avenger when Lee and Flynn had a sword fight which went awry. They had big broad swords and bare hands, and during a fight Errol Flynn got carried away, says Morris.

Christopher Lee wrote: He cut right through my little finger. He didnt mean to do it. It was one of those unfortunate little accidents, which I just think is wonderful.

The BFI is currently in the process of digitising its collection of 1.35m photographic prints and scrapbooks. For Morris, these collections tell vital stories that would otherwise be lost from film history.

They tell such a valuable story about what happened behind those films that youve seen and know well, she says. Theyre the hidden stories which show that films dont just appear.

Christopher Lee is one of our greatest actors. There are so many films, his career spans decades and were really thrilled that Lady Lee has donated the photographs to us and they will take pride of place in our collection.

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Must-see horror movies this summer, from ‘Brightburn’ to …

A 12-year-old boy (Jackson A. Dunn) learns he has extraordinary abilities though harbors sinister tendencies in the superhero horror "Brightburn." USA TODAY

Youve heard of Christmas in July? This weeks like Halloween in May.

While everyone is gearing up for the fall haunting season, when Pennywise hits the big screen again in Septembers It: Chapter Two,this weekendbrings James Gunns superhero horror flick Brightburn to theaters andmusically tinged psychological thriller The Perfection to Netflixto unnerve fright-festfans. This summer isactually pretty full of scares, from the return of not one but three killer dolls to a villainous Octavia Spencer.

Here are the horror movies to put on your must-see list the next three months, with something for every film taste.

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Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) learns he's not an ordinary 12-year-old in the superhero horror film "Brightburn."(Photo: BORIS MARTIN)

This aint the Avengers, folks. Produced by James Gunn, the new film puts an evil spin on the Superman origin story as it centers on a Kansas farm couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) raising an alien boy (Jackson A. Dunn) who crash-landed on Earth as a baby. Unfortunately, this kid's not down with truth, justice or the American way.

A former cello prodigy (Allison Williams, left) befriends her teacher's star pupil (Logan Browning) in the Netflix horror thriller "The Perfection."(Photo: NETFLIX)

The very twisty thriller stars Get Out actressAllison Williams as a one-time cello prodigy who befriends the star student (Logan Browning) of her former teacher (Steven Weber). A sinister symphony awaits this string duo, though, as things get seriously crazy quickly for both women.

Octavia Spencer stars as a middle-aged woman who becomes weirdly obsessed with the teens she befriends in the thriller "Ma."(Photo: UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Octavia Spencer isa cool lady known for playing kind, motherly types, which is why her role here is so intriguing: She plays a middle-aged Ohio woman who opens her home as a party place after local teens ask her to buy them alcohol, and the youngsters hanging out in her basement find out shes got a weird obsessive streak.

Iggy Pop stars as a coffee zombie in Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die."(Photo: FREDERICK ELMES/FOCUS FEATURES)

Indie director Jim Jarmusch unleashes the walking undead on a sleepy small town with an absolutely stellar cast along for the ride, including Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny as embattled cops, Tilda Swinton as an oddball Scottish mortician, Iggy Pop and Carol Kane as zombies, and Tom Waits as a wise hermit.

Andy (Gabriel Bateman, left) makes friends with his new pal Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) in the new reboot of "Child's Play."(Photo: ERIC MILNER)

The infamous Chucky, who originally appeared in 1988, is reborn for a modern age as a robotic (and somewhat murderous) toy/new best friend for young Andy (Gabriel Bateman). None other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, voices Chucky he's known for doing the animated Joker, so hes got evil cred and Aubrey Plaza co-stars as Andys frazzled mom.

The possessed doll from "The Conjuring" gets her third solo horror movie with "Annabelle Comes Home."(Photo: WARNER BROS.)

The possessed plaything from The Conjuring gets her third solo movie, with paranormal experts Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) locking Annabelle in their room of occult artifacts. Unluckily for them, Annabelle awakens the other malevolent spirits in the place and they all turn their attention on the Warrens 10-year-old daughter (Mckenna Grace).

When his family moves into an old mansion, young Jude (Christopher Convery) makes friends with a life-like doll in "Brahms: The Boy II."(Photo: DAVID BUKACH/STX FILMS)

Brahms, the porcelain child who looks way, way too real, returns in the sequel, which receives an infusion of star power: Katie Holmes headlines as the mom of a young family that moves into the super-creepy Heelshire Mansion, and Christopher Convery plays the real boy who befriends the eerie fake one.

Florence Pugh (from left), Vilhelm Blomgren and Jack Reynor are tourists who discover the terrifying secrets of the Swedish village they visit in the horror film "Midsommar."(Photo: GABOR KOTSCHY/A24)

Director Ari Aster hailed demon king Paimon with Hereditary and takes audiences on a wholly different and strange trip with his new horror project. Florence Pugh stars as a young woman who travels to Sweden with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his pals to a midsummer festival featuring a pagan cult and ultra-bizarre rituals.

Kaya Scodelario plays a young woman who has to avoid giant alligators in "Crawl."(Photo: SERGEJ RADOVIC)

A Florida town is beset by a Category 5 hurricane but raging winds and rain have nothing on humongous chomping alligators. Kaya Scodelario stars as a young woman who ignores evacuation warnings to find hermissing father (Barry Pepper), and growing floodwaters bring some hungry, terrorizing reptiles.

Austin Zajur plays a teen who has to deal with the Pale Lady in "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark."(Photo: GEORGE KRAYCHYK/CBS FILMS)

Monster-movie guru Guillermo del Toro is the co-writer and producer behind this adaptation of the childrens book series. Set in 1968, the film follows the teenagers of small-town Mill Valley, who find a tome of terrifying tales penned by a tortured young girl and deal with the consequences when the stories come alive.


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Vampire History – HISTORY


Vampires are evil mythological beings who roam the world at night searching for people whose blood they feed upon. They may be the best-known classic monsters of all. Most people associate vampires with Count Dracula, the legendary, blood-sucking subject of Bram Stokers epic novel, Dracula, which was published in 1897. But the history of vampires began long before Stoker was born.

There are almost as many different characteristics of vampires as there are vampire legends. But the main characteristic of vampires (or vampyres) is they drink human blood. They typically drain their victims blood using their sharp fangs, killing them and turning them into vampires.

In general, vampires hunt at night since sunlight weakens their powers. Some may have the ability to morph into a bat or a wolf. Vampires have super strength and often have a hypnotic, sensual effect on their victims. They cant see their image in a mirror and cast no shadows.

Its thought Bram Stoker named Count Dracula after Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler. Vlad Dracula was born in Transylvania, Romania. He ruled Walachia, Romania, off and on from 1456-1462.

Some historians describe him as a justyet brutally cruelruler who valiantly fought off the Ottoman Empire. He earned his nickname because his favorite way to kill his enemies was to impale them on a wooden stake.

According to legend, Vlad Dracula enjoyed dining amidst his dying victims and dipping his bread in their blood. Whether those gory tales are true is unknown. Many people believe these stories sparked Stokers imagination to create Count Dracula, who was also from Transylvania, sucked his victims blood and could be killed by impaling a stake through his heart.

But, according to Dracula expert Elizabeth Miller, Stoker didnt base Count Draculas life on Vlad Dracula. Nonetheless, the similarities between the two Draculas are intriguing.

Vampire superstition thrived in the Middle Ages, especially as the plague decimated entire towns. The disease often left behind bleeding mouth lesions on its victims, which to the uneducated was a sure sign of vampirism.

It wasnt uncommon for anyone with an unfamiliar physical or emotional illness to be labeled a vampire. Many researchers have pointed to porphyria, a blood disorder that can cause severe blisters on skin thats exposed to sunlight, as a disease that may have been linked to the vampire legend.

Some symptoms of porphyria can be temporarily relieved by ingesting blood. Other diseases blamed for promoting the vampire myth include rabies or goiter.

When a suspected vampire died, their bodies were often disinterred to search for signs of vampirism. In some cases, a stake was thrust through the corpses heart to make sure they stayed dead. Other accounts describe the decapitation and burning of the corpses of suspected vampires well into the nineteenth century.

Mercy Brown may rival Count Dracula as the most notorious vampire. Unlike Count Dracula, however, Mercy was a real person. She lived in Exeter, Rhode Island and was the daughter of George Brown, a farmer.

After George lost many family members, including Mercy, in the late 1800s to tuberculosis, his community used Mercy as a scapegoat to explain their deaths. It was common at that time to blame several deaths in one family on the undead. The bodies of each dead family member were often exhumed and searched for signs of vampirism.

When Mercys body was exhumed and didnt display severe decay (not surprising, since her body was placed in an above-ground vault during a New England winter), the townspeople accused her of being a vampire and making her family sick from her icy grave. They cut out her heart, burned it, then fed the ashes to her sick brother. Perhaps not surprisingly, he died shortly thereafter.

Although modern science has silenced the vampire fears of the past, people who call themselves vampires do exist. Theyre normal-seeming people who drink small amounts of blood in a (perhaps misguided) effort to stay healthy.

Communities of self-identified vampires can be found on the Internet and in cities and towns around the world.To avoid rekindling vampire superstitions, most modern vampires keep to themselves and typically conduct their feeding ritualswhich include drinking the blood of willing donorsin private.

Some vampires dont ingest human blood but claim to feed off the energy of others. Many state that if they dont feed regularly, they become agitated or depressed.

Vampires became mainstream after Dracula was published. Since then, Count Draculas legendary persona has been the topic of many films, books and television shows. Given the fascination people have with all things horror, vampiresreal or imaginedare likely to continue to inhabit the earth for years to come.

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Hollywood Vampires Unveil New Song The Boogieman Surprise …

Rock and roll supergroup the Hollywood Vampires unveiled a menacing new cut, The Boogieman Surprise, set to appear on their upcoming album, Rise, out June 21st via earMUSIC.

The Boogieman Surprise is a churning cut that finds Johnny Depp and Joe Perry trading rugged guitar riffs and crackling licks on top of a heavy drums stomp. Frontman Alice Cooper delivers a vintage vocal performance, growling, Finalize, paralyze, specialize, scandalize/Youre gonna fake it/You aint ready for the boogieman surprise/You aint ready for the boogieman.

The Boogieman Surprise has been a staple of the Hollywood Vampires live show since 2018, and along with releasing the studio version of the track, the band also shared a video of them performing the song at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland last year.

Rise marks the second album from the Hollywood Vampires following their 2015 self-titled debut. Unlike their first album, Rise primarily features original material written by the band, though there are still three covers: David Bowies Heroes, Johnny Thunders You Cant Put Your Arms Around a Memory and the Jim Carroll Bands People Who Died. Jeff Beck and John Waters also guest on the song, Welcome to Bushwackers.

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Quotes from ‘Dracula,’ Bram Stoker’s Horror Classic

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic vampire tale. First published in 1897, the novel was influenced by a history of vampire myths and stories, but Stoker shaped all those fragmented tales to create a literary legend (that was just the start of what we know and understand about vampires in current literature). Even though stories like Polidori's "The Vampire" and Le Fanu's Carmilla already existed at the time when Dracula was first published, Stoker's novel--and his literary imagination--helped to spawn a new dimension in horror literature. Here are a few quotes from Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Notes: The novel is written in the style of a journal, written by Jonathan Harker. Already, the author is playing upon preconceptions and superstitions, and leading us to expect something "interesting," although what that might mean is not immediately clear. How does superstition figure into our perception (and fear) of vampires?

Notes: Jonathan Harker is an everyman, a simple clerk who goes out to do a job and finds himself in the midst of a very-unexpected experience--foreign to his understanding. He's a "stranger in a strange land."

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Teasing something big and surprising is coming, The Walking Dead comicbooks latest issue, which inspires the AMC hit show, has included a blank variant cover and fans are speculating it may involve RickGrimes'(played by Andrew Lincoln) death.

The blank cover could suggest something major is comingas there has only been a blank cover four times in the history of the comics. Each time it is used it represents something important has taken place.

If the intrigue surrounding the blank cover was not enough, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman fuelled speculationwhen he shared details of the issue on Twitter.

He tweeted: Its almost like this issue is a big deal or something #nocomment.

Unsurprisingly, fans instantly began to speculate what is comment meant and if it had something to do with Rick's death.

One fan replied: No Rick just no.

Another added: Youre actually about to kill him, arent you? At the hands of Brock Turner. Oh god

A thirdaddressed Robert directly and pleaded for mercy on Ricks behalf, writing:Kirkman. Seriously. You owe Rick's character more than getting offed by a snivelling peckerhead like that. Comeee onnnn mannnn. God, I hope you know what you're doing.

Fears surrounding Ricks death come following the previous issue, whichsawSebastian Milton from the Commonwealth try to kill Rick by shooting him in the chest.

The attack was in revenge for Rick taking away Sebastians mothers power in the Commonwealth.

Fans also have cause for worry after Roberts previous comments surrounding Ricks death.

In 2017, at New York Comic Con, he revealed:"No one is safe. Hopefully there have been points where you go, 'Is this it? Is this where Rick dies?' And he doesn't. One day, the moment will come where you go, 'Oh my god, it is!'

It could happen any time between now and 50 years from now. 50 years, that's not gonna happen..."

Whats more, at New York Comic con the following year, he went even further: I know exactly how Rick Grimes dies in the comic book.

Its possible there will be some differences between the comic and the show. One of those is the death in the comic could happen in the next issue, or could happen 10 years from now. I could change my mind.

There have been 42 issues since the previous blank coverand the big storyline it teases could be any number of things.

A blank cover for issue 100 signalled GlennRhees (Steven Yeun)brutal deathwhichresulted in the issue that began the All-Out War.

As fans will know, the show can adapt comic storylines, so even if Rick dies in the comicsit does not mean he will perish in the AMC series.

For instance, Rick left in season nine of the show in mysterious circumstances when he was airlifted by a helicopter to an unknown location after being seriously injured. Actor Andrew leftthe show to concentrate on the upcomingspin-offfilms and his return has yet to be confirmed.Could he return to die?

Meanwhile, a The Walking Dead video game has teased Rick and Michonnes (Danai Gurira) paths could be set to cross again at some point in the future.

The Walking Dead season 10 premieres onAMCand FOX in October 2019.

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