Horror Month continues here at the Better With Booze Film Club. Today we look at the age-old horror genre: the vampire film. And like the vampire films of old, these vampires don’t sparkle. I say “these”, but really there is only one vampire in Let Me In. And she’s a she. And she’s 12 years old (or 900 years old or however this vampire thing works). Vampgirl befriends Nerdboy in a heartfelt and adorable romantic movie with no blood (except for all the blood…lots of blood). Brought to you the iconic Hammer Films company, Let Me In is a vampire movie for those of you who like your vampires a little less rich and sexy and a little more, well, spider-monkey like.
We begin a month of horror films with one out of the catalogue of Hammer horror films. This particular film stars Anton Diffring (standing in for Peter Cushing, who turned down the roll not long before the start of filming) as a very youthful 104 year old who has discovered the secret to everlasting life (although as it turns out, it has a flaw or two). Also featured in the film is Hammer horror staple and all around cool gentleman Christopher Lee, who plays an uncharacteristically dull good guy. Where does it rank in the catalogue of Hammer films? You will have to listen to find out.
Aging British rockstars go back out on the road in order to relive former glories. And no, this week’s film is not a documentary. But it does capture the desperation and longstanding battles and inner conflicts that would inevitably crop up if it were real. Credit to a great collection of actors, who managed to keep a film that could have easily tipped into broad parody reasonably grounded. If you liked Spinal Tap but felt it could have used more pathos, then here you go…
Our first animated film! And it is a film about filmmaking! Sort of. Really it’s a film about stereotypes and using them for comic effect. A drunk fish, a curmudgeonly goat, a scare turtle, etc. Although apparently they didn’t really know the stereotype for a hippo, so they just made that character loud and happy. What would the stereotype for a hippo be? Anyway, I’m wandering. This movie is notable for two reasons near and dear to our heart here at the Better With Booze Film Club. One: the choreographing was allegedly done by Gene Kelly just before he passed away. And two: the songs in the movie were written by Randy Newman. How could you lose?
Scene: Inside the offices of a movie studio somewhere in Britain…
“We’ve got this script and we need someone to star in it.”
“What’s it about?”
“Difficult to say, but it’s really weird.”
“Questioning your own sanity weird.”
“See if Vincent is available.”
As a side note, don’t worry…Glenn will be back for the next episode…
Well what to say about this film. On the plus side, you’ve got Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon in the starring roles. And a pretty solid supporting cast. And…there’s a motorcycle. Also some dancing I guess. This film was apparently fairly well received critically. Maybe we were just feeling a bit punchy. Still, there’s some very pretty shots of Ireland. And Rhys Ifans. Alright, I give up.
On this week’s episode, we hope a ride back in time, to the pre-Golden Age of Hollywood. We meet a 33 year old Buster Keaton, who has just made the switch to MGM, which will prove a disastrous career move. But in 1928, he still manages to make arguably his last great film, The Cameraman. But how do our fearless podcast hosts cope with non-talkie fare? Listen and find out!