"The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood Fourth Edition" Book Review
Written by Alain Silver and James Ursini
2011, 488 pages, Non-Fiction
Released on September 11th, 2011
Let's set the record straight: The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood Fourth Edition is not light reading. It is a serious reference for those interested in the genre. For good and bad, it looks, smells, weighs, and reads like a college textbook. It's a hearty 488 pages, containing 800 stunning color photographs and a ridiculously impressive 700+ filmography that will quickly become a vampire lovers go-to resource when either studying for their Dracula 101 mid-term at The University of Transylvania or attempting to silence that annoying horror film-loving friend who claims to know it all when it comes to blood suckers, despite still living in his parents basement.
The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood's strongest feature is the admirable choice to forego the easiest route — that being a rote chronological discussion of vampire films — for the much more creative and rewarding choice to discuss these films thematically, linking these movies and television shows of varying decades in a much more intimate way. By choosing to discuss themes and not decades the authors, Alain Silver and James Ursini, manage to tie-together those older contributions to the genre previously considered boring or antiquated by a younger audience. This breathes new life (no pun intended) into classics and long forgotten gems by putting them into a much more relevant and relatable context for Generation Z. Any book that can make at least one emo-tween consider watching Mario Bava's Black Sunday instead of the latest tepid Twilight entry must be applauded.
Look, even if you can't read, The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to True Blood is worth your time. The pictures peppered throughout the text are gorgeous. A book that contains photos from Lugosi's Dracula, The Monster Squad, Blade, I Vampiri, Love At First Bite, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Lost Boys, Fright Night, 30 Days of Night, Let The Right One In, Blood: The Last Vampire, Underworld, and a myriad of vaunted Hammer Horror films needs to take it's rightful place on your coffee table. Oh, and without this book I would never had known that Steven Seagal was in a vampire flick called Against the Dark, which I am now obligated to hunt down to satiate my morbid curiosity as to how awful that movie might actually be. Damn you Mr. Silver and Mr. Ursini. Damn you to Hell!