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MY TEN FAVORITE WEREWOLF/VAMPIRE MOVIES
by Marina Myles, Author of Christmas at Thornhill Towers
Fairy tales that feature Prince Charmings who are secretly werewolves, vampires, demons, and ghosts?? Yep…that’s what I write! The books in my Cursed Princes Series feature dashing but tortured heroes who find themselves trapped in an immortal existence.
Can they be saved? Maybe it takes the right heroine…
To celebrate the November 24th release of CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS, a charming, holiday-themed novella that features a werewolf’s servant, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite werewolf and vampire movies.
Here we go!
10. Bad Moon (1996). Directed by Eric Red, starring Mariel Hemingway and Michael Paré. This intense movie tells the tale of a man struggling to hide his dark, wolf secret. The transformation scenes are pretty cool—and in the end an unlikely character is this poor fellow’s last hope for reversing his blood-lusting curse.
9. Interview with a Vampire (1994) Feature film based on the 1976 megabook by Anne Rice, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The story centers around a sensually dangerous vampire named Louis de Pointe du Lac (or Lestat) that spills the details of his 200-year-old life to a reporter. Cruise proves to be a surprisingly ominous Lestat – and the film really captures the shadowy ambiance of 18th-19th century New Orleans and Europe.
8. An American Werewolf In London (1981) A comedy-horror movie written and directed by John Landis. Scary and funny at the same time, this movie had audiences flocking to theaters when it was released. It opens with two, young American men as they embark on a backpacking trip through Europe. When they venture deep into the moors at night, they’re attacked by a werewolf. One of the men dies—and the other lives to wreak havoc on London.
7. Ginger Snaps Back : The Beginning (2004) This sequel traces the mysterious sisters back to 19th century Canada where they take refuge in a Traders’ Fort. The tension builds and the fort eventually becomes the target of savage werewolves. The film has great visual effects as well as a fascinating, stylized aura.
6. The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) This comedy-horror film follows the story of young Alfred who assists bumbling vampire killer, Professor Abonsius. When the most powerful vampire in the land captures a beautiful tavern girl Alfred has fallen for, Alfred and Professor Abonsius try their best to rescue the girl from the Count’s castle high in the mountains. The movie features director/actor Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate, in happier times.
5. Van Helsing (2004) Directed by Stephen Sommer, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. Vampires, werewolves, and Hugh Jackman all rolled into one movie? How could I NOT put this film on my list?! Once again, Van Helsing is after his arch- nemesis, Dracula, but this film pays homage to the horror films of days gone by in an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek way. What do you think of its surprisingly touching ending?
4. The Lost Boys (1987) American teenage horror film, starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, and Corey Haim. Tells the story of two Arizona brothers who come to California after their parents’ divorce. They soon realize that the young boys of the town are disappearing one by one, and when they investigate, they end up battling a group of vicious, teenage vampires. (Loved Kiefer Sutherland in this movie!)
3. New Moon: Twilight Saga (2009) This isn’t really my third favorite werewolf/vampire movie. I just like the poster.
2. Dracula (1992) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder. This film features a charismatic Dracula who oozes sensuality and seduces without apology. It also gives us a glimpse into Dracula’s tragic past—which explains why he is so evil. (Fun fact: My husband and I saw this movie on our first date!)
1. Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups) (2001) French horror film directed by Cristophe Gars, starring Samuel le Bihen, Mark Dacascos, and Monica Belluci. I think this movie has it all! Drama, intrigue, interesting characters, and amazing scenery. What’s more, it’s based on a true story about the Beast of Gévaudan that terrorized France in the mid 18th century. Heck…what can be scarier than that? (Helpful hint: try and get your hands on the extended version. It contains some great swash buckling scenes and a martial arts sequence by Mark Dacascos.)
Well, that does it! Feel free to drop by and tell me which paranormal movies make you ‘howl with delight’ and which ones you love to ‘sink your teeth into’. Looking forward to hearing from you!!
Marina Myles’s love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale. During her college days, she received degrees in English Literature and Communications—and enjoyed the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Now that she lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she hasn’t left her glamorous life behind completely. After all, she gets to divide her time between her loving family, her loyal Maltese, and worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs.
Visit her at www.marinamyles.com
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Christmas at Thorncliff Towers
A Cursed Princes Novella
Release Date: November 24, 2014
The Werewolf’s Servant
Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…
Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…