71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies
Edited by Vanessa Morgan
This is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.
Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting. Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires. Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.
Vanessa Morgan is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books in the horror genre. Three of her stories (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her and A Good Man), have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (www.traveling-cats.com).
VAMPIRE BAT WINGS RECIPE
These “bat wings” are actually simple marinated chicken wings made spooky thanks to black food coloring.
3 lb whole chicken wings
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcester sauce
¾ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon black food coloring (i.e. squid ink)
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Mix the sugar, Worcester sauce, pineapple juice, tomato sauce and black food coloring
Add chicken wings and marinate for 24 hours
Preheat the oven to 200°C
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and place the chicken wings on there
Bake the chicken wings for 30 minutes
Combine the honey and apple cider vinegar
Get the wings out of the oven and coat with the mixture of honey and apple cider vinegar
Put back in the oven for ten minutes
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