Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1-7 (1997-2003)


OK, I’ll admit it: growing up I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the 1992 Kristy Swanson film). I think I rented it from the local video store at least once a month  for several years (along with Pet Cemetery 2 and Encino Man—-hey, don’t judge me). I’m not sure what about this film resonated with a farm girl from Iowa, but I couldn’t get enough of it. Perhaps I was just a fan of early Ben Affleck. Who knows? Whatever the case, I watched the hell out of that movie.

 

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Day 117: True Blood, season 3 (2010)


When True Blood first came out, I tried my damnedest not to like it. In fact, I shut the show off after the first few minutes and didn’t intend to watch it ever again. Now it wasn’t that I hated vampire stories (although at the time, maybe I preferred my vamps in the form of Gary Oldman, Brat Pitt or Paul Reubens—talk about classic vampires) or that I had some strange opposition to a show about scary, supernatural beings (I totally love Ghost Hunters and even watched one season of The Bachelor); but I couldn’t get into it. Everyone told me how wonderful True Blood was and I would respond by giving them a leery look. I hate to admit when I’m wrong, but I was wrong.

 

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Day 93: Let Me In (2010)


It’s been a while since I was excited to receive a DVD in the mail. Perhaps it has been out of laziness or just sheer convenience, but lately I seem to gravitate to my watch instantly queue. With fondness, I remember the days of yesteryear (OK, two months ago)—when I would rip into that red envelope with the fervor of a child opening a birthday present. However, the last few DVDs sat on top of the bookshelf for close to a month before I made the effort to watch and return them. Sure, I could blame the holidays, but honestly, I am going to blame Jonah Hex. I must have subconsciously known it would be the stuff that boring, plotless nightmares are made of. I guess I should have listened to my intuition and sent that bad boy packing when it shot in through the mail slot (not a euphemism). I know, I need to move on from my Jonah Hex experience.

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Day 55 : Being Human, series 1 (2008)


You would that think by now I would know how to spot a vampire when I see one. The same goes for werewolves–and don’t get me started on ghosts. I’ve read all of the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series; and watched the shows that were born from these two franchises. Hell, I even watched Fright Night, which, oddly enough, kind of combined the whole vampire and wolf thing. I have seen enough Ghost Hunters episodes to earn me respect on several internet forums (should I choose to comment). So you think I would be prepared for a show like Being Human. Yeah, one would think that, but I guess I wasn’t.

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Day 49: Fright Night (1985)


Well, Halloween is around the corner, and in honor of the holiday, I thought I would provide a refresher course on vampires. And while I don’t have a PhD in vampirism, I do consider myself an expert as I just watched Fright Night. In addition, I have read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series, have seen both Twilight and New Moon with the Rifftrax (and I quote from the brilliant commentary: “Eh, she’s lost already. Damn you disproportionately large high school for a town of three thousand!”), and have been bitten by a mosquito. So am I qualified? Yeah, I’d say I am pretty qualified.

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Day 29: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009)


Question: what film’s cast has six Academy Award nominations tied to their previous work, but tackles the delicate issue of the war between vampires and the vampaneeze (seriously, I don’t make this crap up)? It’s the Cirque du Freak, Cirque du Freak, it’s Cirque du Freak-y. Yep, that’s the funky film I watched today. Word.

 

So, in case you are part of the 98% of the population that missed this film when it was released, let me provide a quick recap. Darren is just your average, run of the mill, voice-over providing, teenage boy who lives with his parents and sister. According to his introductory dialogue, he says he is fairly popular in school (I would argue that he may also be delusional), but his best friend, Steve, has some type of anger issues and is obsessed with vampires (I know this description could perhaps be applied to a decent percentage of teenage girls who have read the Twilight series; but in this film, it describes a boy).

 

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