vampires

The Darkling Tag… 

Sorry for the lack of posts. I was very busy and it’s not the end !

 However, I think it could be funny to answer to the famous darkling tag, a list of questions for dark inclined people like an elder goth as me. 

So let’s begin

Simple Questions:

What is your favorite candle scent? None, i was so afraid by afire in my house that i don’t buy any cabdles ! 

Do you have a favorite book? I think i can consider the Lord Of The Rings as my favorite book even if i have a list long like an arm of fav books. 

Are you a tea or coffee person? No tea, no coffee because arythmias due to my heart defect and heart failure 

What is your favorite brand and color of lipstick? Nyx cosmetics and Kat Von D 

What is your favorite perfume/cologne? Avignon from Comme Des Garçons. The perfume of church insense. 


Do you have a celebrity crush? Yes, since my very young age and till now Harrison Ford. Probably my longest crush. But i have a lot of other crushes : Mads Mikkelsen, Misha Collins, Kurt Cobain, Helmut Berger, Yule Bryner, Gary Oldman……..

 

If you had to give up the color black, what color would you choose instead? Purple 

If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be? There were stereotypical gothy names ? I missed something when i was a baby bat 😂 

What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad? Light weight fabrics, many laces, don’t go out ! 

What song will always make you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band)?  I need songs which inspire me, not make me happy. And a have a very long list of this kind of songs. 

Are you active in the arts (ex. Play an instrument, paint, write, etc)? 😂😂 holy shit yes, i’m a painter, it’s my “job” and before i was illustrator for rock music industry ( now almost retired)

If you had a teacup or mug made inscribed just for you, what would you have it say? I really don’t know, but i want one dalek shaped ! 


What is your number one non-gothy hobby? What is a gothy hobby except walking in cemeteries ?  

Thought Provokers:

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why? A vampire, because they could have a very long life, they are smarts and they are living dead so technically they never feel a heart beat, never. 

What horror monster-based super power would you have? Vampires powers
Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or irl)? Why or why not? It depend of the people like ungoth people too. Sometimes you can interact very easily with someone and with other it could be more difficult. Goth, ungoth it’s the same. 

Which is more important for a look: Great hair or great makeup? Both, i try both. I’m not very skilled, i do my best. 

Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture? More people ah ah ah… i feel alone. 

Care to share an embarrassing story related to your “darkliness“?  I’m not embarrassed with and never been. People around can but for me it’s just…natural. 

How are you at DIY? Not very skilled ! And i have not a lot of time to waste for learning. 

Quickly describe your ideal wedding ? No wedding, i hate wedding. So much people, money, embarrassment for just ONE day…. if i marry my man it will be just us, and a very tiny tiny bunch of people, 4/6 not more. The simplest possible. Love don’t need big things. Love is the big thing. 

Vampires movies goth should watch : Part 2 

Hi shadows, 

Last week i’ve posted a list of vampires movies, i think goth should watch. of course it’s not a condition for being goth to my eyes, it’s just a title which sounds nice to my ears. However, here the second part of the list and even non goth could watch its 😉 Hope you perhaps discover movies you don’t know in the list. 

1) Interview with the Vampire, Neil Jordan, 1994 


I remember very well when i go to cinema to watch it with friends. I was a baby bat and my friends was involved in roleplaying La Camarilla about vampires. We were very excited and all of us knew the Anne Rice’s book series. It’s one of the few movies in which i can stand Tom Cruise. He is a very good Lestat. Brad pitt is less good as Louis but honorable. If you like historic  costumes movies, sexy vampire relationship and Anne Rice’s book, it’s for you. 

2) Morse, Thomas Alfredson, 2008 


Morse is a vampire movie based on kids but not for kids like The Little Vampire. This swedish movie based on a book depict the special relationship between two kids. It’s a beautiful movie which explore through vampire topic, kid’s torments and how some build a deep connection. 

There was a remake in 2010, but i don’t watch it till now. 

3) Twixt, FF Coppola, 2012 


twist is a part of those very personnal movies Coppola realised. It’s a mix of several inspirztions and topics. It’s also a tribute to edgar Allan Poe universe. For me it’s a real gothic movie and Elle Fanning is brilliant. I just czn tell you : WATCH IT ! 

4) Thirst, Park Chan Wook, 2009 


For once a corean movie. The story is a strange mix between a french realist book, Therese Raquin, and a classic vampire movie. The principal character is a priest, and just for that i wanted watch it, long story, who is infected by a vaccine test. The aesthetic is interesting and the film is more a thriller than a horror movie. 

5) Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932 


this movie is a beautiful expressionist one. For once it was not after Dracula but after Sheridan Le Fanu Carmilla book. I must admit that i love 20s / 30s movies aesthetic so i enjoyed almost all movies from this era !

6) The Last Man on Earth, Ubaldo Ragona, 1964  


this adapatation of one of my favorite book I Am Legend written by Richard Mattheson is not perfect but much better that the one with Will Smith few years ago. And if your not conviced, watch it for Vincent Price, still perfect. His character live alone and must face night attacks. 

7) Dracula, Tod Browning, 1931 


I don’t know one goth who don’t know who is Bela Lugosi, the best known Dracula actor of the past century. I must confess if i like the movie it’s not my favorite even it’s a classical one. From Browning i prefer so much Freaks. However, you need to watch it, just for your culture and because it has installed long time vampire stereotypical picture. 

8)Vampire’s kiss, Robert Bierman, 1989


I like this movie, which is more a comedy, because it uses a different point of view on what could be to become a Vampire. It was one of the first movies which explore vampire psychology. Nicolas Cage did a great job. 

9) Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmush, 2013


this film take another point of view on vampires : the disillusioned ones. The movie is mot the best ever on vampires but it’s worth for the actors, Swinton and Hiddleston, and for the still classy Jarmush’s photography.  And Hiddleston, oh i guess i say that before ;)) 

10) The Fearless Vampire Killers, Roman Polanski, 1967 


Another classics but in comedy. This movie is a reinterpretation of Van Helsing, the vampire hunter of Dracula, story.  It’s funny and light. Perfect for halloween with friends for example. 

Next week i will publish the last chapter of my list. Feel free to add in comments movies you like and which are not here nor im the part one. 

Vampires Movies Goth should know: part 1

Since my young age i’m a huge fan of vampires. I will try to list vampire movies which seems important to know when you are into goth and vampire.

1) The Hunger
Probably the GOTHIEST because Bauhaus opened the titles with Bela Lugosi is dead. The trio Bowie/ Deneuve / Sarandon is just perfect.
The movie was the major inspiration of AHS: Hotel ( even in the soundtrack )

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2) Near Dark

This movie gave a modern image of vampires. And it’s a woman who realised it: Kathryn Bigelow. Some scenes will inspires some Buffy scenes especially the introduction of Spike for those who’ve seen the series.

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3) The Lost Boys

Okay it’s more a teen movie but very much better than Twilight. The vampire group is literally post punk in their looks. It’s one of my favorite Kieffer Sutherland role as Vampire leader. It was very refreshing in the 80s to watch a goth modern vampire tale.

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4) Coppola’s Dracula

Holy chuck, this movie made me crazy and totally in love for Gary Oldman. He is the best ever Dracula to my eyes. It’s strictly subjective of course.
The movie depict very nicely the victorian era and Winona Ryder was a perfect Mina Harker.
Plus the soundtrack which is really good !


5) 6) Nosferatu

there is actually two Nosferatu movies and both are very good. The first was filmed by Murnau and it’s a jewel of german expressionism ( 1922) ( like almost all Murnau movies). The second one is from Werner Herzog in the late 70s. It’s also a beautiful movie to watch, pictures and atmosphere are very gothy.
Try to watch both.



7) The Wisdom Of The Crocodile

Not a lot of people know this movie but to my advice it’s a beautiful and different point of view on vampires. The movie maker is Po-Chi Leong. Steven Grlscz is the principal character and one of the best role of Jude Law ( with Pius XIII in Young Pope )



8) The Addiction

Another revamped vampire myth by Abel Ferrara. Like the precedent one, not a lot of people have seen it. The movies, from middle 90s is in black and white, with an interesting photography. One of my favorite actress, Lily Taylor, play the main role. It’s about vampirism but also addiction we can all have.


9) The Reflecting Skin

This one has nothing to do with Twilight but it’s a weird and precious cinema jewel, so underated. The director is Philip Ridley who made only three long movies. The story take place in the rural 50s USA seen by a seven years old kid with a violent father. Vampires took a special place and never we can separate what is real and what the kid imagine. Photography is just beautiful. This movie impacted me a lot.


10) Buffy

The movie written by Joss Whedon before he did the cult eponymous series. Of course it’s not serious as some other movies of the list, but i love it because it’s the prequel of the series and explain why Buffy is Buffy. It’s fun, light and perfect for a pop corn evening.

So here ends the first part of the Vampire movies Goth should know.
Hope you discovered some movies and hope i give you the curiosity to watch them.
To be continued…