Wednesday Jul 23

Blood: The Last Vampire Trailer


BLOOD_-_QuadPathe has sent over the trailer for their epic new movie Blood: The Last Vampire. Based on the iconic anime film of the same name, the film is a modern-day, English language thriller starring South Korean actress Gianna Jun and Koyuki Katou (The Last Samurai)

018849.jpg_cmykSaya (Jun) appears to be a normal 17-year-old girl, but in reality she is a 400-year-old tormented 'halfling', born to a human father and a vampire mother. For centuries she has been ridding the world of vampies using her samurai skills - even though she also needs human blood to survive. When she is sent to an American military base in Tokyo, Saya realises she has been given the opportunity to finally destory Onigen (Koyuki), the matriach of all vampies...

Directed by Kiss the Dragon helmer Chris Nahon, Blood: The Last Vampire is released in the UK for Pathe Productions by Warner Bros on June 26th. Check out the blood-drenched trailer below..

Movie Highlight

The Woman in Black

Having relaunched in 2010 with the promise of delivering solid horror films for a modern audience, the output from the rebooted Hammer Films has been something of a mixed bag. While its inaugural release, remake Let Me In, was received with great fanfare, subsequent films The Resident and Wake Wood have been less successful. So with its first big release, The Woman in Black, Hammer has much to prove – and has piled on the pressure by choosing to adapt a story that’s not only a bestselling novel but also a long running West End play.

An additional challenge is that tale is so effective because of its simplicity; there are no big set pieces for a filmmaker to hide behind. So it’s reassuring to see that, while some elements of Susan Hill’s story have been tweaked to give it more of a cinematic scope, the narrative runs fairly true. At its heart is young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who, still reeling from the death of his wife in childbirth four years previously, is sent to a remote village in order to organise the paperwork at the isolated Eel Marsh House. On his arrival he finds the locals most unwelcoming, believing that anyone disturbing the peace at the house brings tragedy to the village. Although initially sceptical, Kipps soon discovers that the mansion holds horrifying secrets, and that one of its former occupants is determined to exact terrifying revenge…

READ FULL REVIEW:  The Woman in Black

DVD Highlight

The Walking Dead

The living dead have been a mainstay of horror cinema for decades. Now they maraud onto the small screen in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

Brit favourite Andrew Lincoln (This LifeTeachers) adopts a convincing drawl to take on the role of sheriff Rick Grimes, who wakes from a coma to find the local residents have become flesh-eating ghouls. While the initial set-up is reminiscent of 28 Days Later, these zombies are not Danny Boyle’s fast moving monsters, but the lumbering breed of tradition. That doesn’t dilute their impact; as Rick teams up with other survivors, the zombies are relentless in their pursuit and the tension builds to unbearable levels.

READ FULL REVIEW: The Walking Dead

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