Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vampire-Con Hosting A Blood Drive!

What a creative and great way to be charitable!

Vampire-Con is coming to Hollywood in August, and its bringing a drive for charity with it (creatively so!). In partnership with The American Red Cross, Vampire-Con is hosting a blood drive on Sunday, August 16th from 10 am – 4 pm outside The Music Box @ Fonda theatre. A limited edition t-shirt “Blood is the Drug” will be given to the first 40 attendees who donate a pint of blood. We promise all the blood will go to who its supposed too. ;)

AIDS Project Los Angeles will provide a mobile HIV testing unit onsite for the event as well.

Santa Monica based non-profit organization The Virginia Avenue Project (VAP) will conduct a silent auction of exclusive vampire memorabilia including an autographed TRUE BLOOD script signed by creator Alan Ball to benefit their arts mentorship after-school programs. (Bolded by me)

visit www.vampire-con.com/ for more information

Monday, July 13, 2009

Make a Video and You Could Win Vampire Goodies!

As the fall season approaches, the mortals over at TI Beverage Group, LTD., holding company of Vampire Vineyards®, Vampyre Vodka® and VAMP NRG® Drink, are hard at work as they gear up to launch the revamped Vampire.com website, scheduled to come out of the coffin on August 31,2009. In celebration of this most eternal occasion, TI BEV is giving away over $1200 in Vampire® prizes to the most wildly wicked video entries submitted in their Viral Video Contest.

To enter, fans simply upload their Vampire® videos to Youtube.com and tag them with the label “Vampire.com”. The top prize is worth over $600 and includes a seductively indulgent package of Vampire® Wines, Chocolates, and Coffees. Full details of the Vampire® Viral Video Contest can be found at www.vampireviralvideo.com.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Luccent Dossier to be at Vampire Con 2009

This seems like a great pairing! Read the press release below and watch the videos!

July 2, 2009, Hollywood, CA – Vampire-Con 2009, the world’s first convention devoted solely toVampires is pleased to announce the Lucent Dossier Experience as they reveal their darker side atVampirella’s Ball on Sunday, August 16, 2009. The Lucent Dossier Experience is an acclaimedunderground vaudeville cirque – a bewitching alchemy of glamour, magic, and beautiful expression.Their unique and interactive choreography, inspired costuming, original music and mystical body art arebrought together by the spirited performers to create a mesmerizing high-concept spectacle of humanlight that casts an alluring spell over its audience.

Surreal, magical, theatrical and absurd, the Lucent Dossier Experience has been called “a far superiortake on circus” by The Washington Post and “a burst of energy & sexual tension” by Spin Magazine.Lucent Dossier was a hit at Coachella Art & Music Festival, was featured in Panic! At the Disco’s video “IWrite Sins Not Tragedies” and at its core is a playground for the innovative genius child in all of us.

Vampire-Con swoops into Hollywood, CA for a weekend-long event beginning Friday, August 14,opening with a two-day Vampire Film Festival at the New Beverly Cinema and then flies to The MusicBox Theatre @ Fonda on Sunday, August 16th for a day of panel discussions, vendors and contests.The evening transitions into a 21 & over danse macabre where guests will rave the night away withVampirerotica go-go girls and boys, and dance to the beats of DJ Gary Calamar, Grammy-nominatedproducer, music supervisor of HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and the host of KCRW’s Sunday night slot from 9pm – midnight.

From Nosferatu to Twilight, Vampires have provided an ageless mythology that taps into our culturalpulse. As new generations become fans, Vampire-Con celebrates these sexy and scary creatures thatcapture our collective imagination. Tickets are $15 for the Sunday day-walkers and $30 for Vampirella’sBall. Film Festival Admission is $7 per night. Stay tuned for updates about celebrity guests, prizes,contests and more. For more information: visit www.vampire-con.com and www.lucentdossier.com.

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Let the Right One in Review

I finally got around to getting a hold of Let the Right One In. It was actually available to stream from Netflix which was great and convenient but unfortunately a lot of it ended up being completely silent and the only reason I know what was said in certain parts was because of the subtitles.

I found LROI fairly disturbing. This is not a gory action vampire film; it is a coming-to-age film about two twelve year olds, each with their own set of problems. Oskar is a boy with no friends, is bullied constantly and although fantasizes about his revenge, he is too cowardly to stand up for himself. His mother is hardly home and while he greatly enjoys himself when he visits his father, his father quickly abandons him when more appealing company shows up. After meeting Eli, an odd 12 year old girl he later finds out is a vampire, he quickly becomes interested in her and impressed by her puzzle solving skills. They begin to befriend each other and live out their lives the way they choose to.

I found this film to be unique in the way Eli the vampire was portrayed. It seemed as if she was forever stuck as a young girl in not just body, but in mind somewhat as well. The film also puts a different spin on the popular belief that vampires can’t be invited into your home unless invited.

The film doesn’t exactly make you scared; you don’t jump in out of your seat, you simply feel a bit horrified at the behavior and feelings of Eli and Oskar. After the last scene we wondered if it would be categorized as a happy ending, a sad ending, or something else all together.
Rumor has it that there is going to be an American remake of this film which will probably be quite tragic.