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Larten has many brothers and sisters, but is most friendly with his orphan cousin Vur Horston SODS' readers may recognise that name I'm not saying. Larten, Vur and Larten's siblings are forced to work in a silk factory. Darren Shan is famous for his vile, evil villains, and Traz, who runs the factory, is one of his most disgusting creations yet. Terrible events force the young Larten to flee his home. In a graveyard, he meets Seba Nile, a vampire, who takes Larten under his wing as his assistant. In SODS the ways of the vampires were elaborately explained in great detail.

As most people reading BOAK will have already read SODS, it would be boring for them to re-tread all this information again, so the ways of the vampires are only briefly explained. It's brilliant seeing SODS characters again. Here though he's a main character, meaning we learn much more about him. Of course, the main character who we learn about here is Larten Crepsley.

We learn of the many hardships he was forced to endure in his young age. Several SODS characters return, but there are also many new characters. For each new character it gets me thinking: what will happen to this person? Why aren't they in SODS? Will they meet a grisly end? As this is a Darren Shan book, I'm guessing so With characters we know in later books, however, some of the tension is lost because we know they are gonna survive. One critism I did have with this book was that, at times Although these are few and far between Shan's characters are a bit generic.

Seba is also sometimes just a copy of grown-up Mr Crepsley, whilst young Wester could easily be snake-boy Evra. And most of the characters in this book are male, which female readers may not approve of. The only women are: Larten's Mum Who barely has a page or so of mentions , a few vampires in Vampire Mountain Who only get a small handful of lines , and some generic Some might even say sexist women who's sole job are to flirt with the men and buy drinks for them. But please don't not get BOAK just because of these slips. Most of the time Shan's characters are well written.

I loved this book, but at times I did wonder where it was going, because there's no real plot, it's just a series of events, but these are entertaining events, make no mistaker about it. If you enjoyed SODS, you'll love this! If you've not read SODS but are interested in getting this, but don't want to invest in reading a twelve book series just to read this, then I'd say get BOAK, although you may be left a little confused at times. At the end of the last book, Larten and Wester were left behind by Seba so that they could have fun living in the human world with fellow young vampires called Cubs.

The book starts off with Larten having a ball of a time, and when he leaves behind the Cubs he and Wester join a war pack: they observe humans fighting and then feast on the bloody corpses. It's one of these 'feasts' that provides the book's second most gruesome scenes, but the top scene for giving you nightmares is Well, I'll talk about that later. The fun and games can't last forever, though, and Larten and Wester are soon back at Vampire Mountain.

Wester knows what he wants to do with his life, but Larten is not sure, and so the majority of this book sees Larten trying to find his path in life. More characters from 'The Saga of Darren Shan' are re-visited in this book, including Evanna, Arra Sails and Vancha, and whilst it is good to learn more about these characters, it also can make this book at times feel like just a re-telling of 'The Saga of Darren Shan' rather than a brand new book.

But that's only at times; mostly this books feels fresh and original. However, one big critism I had with this book that stopped 'Ocean fo Blood' getting a better score of 4 or 5 was the lack of a real plot; like the last book, this feels like a series of random unconnected events put together. I mentioned before that there is a scene that will give you nightmares and that blood-drenched scene comes right at the end of the book, and it left me with shivers, despite it being a very hot day at the time!

Another main critism of this book is that, like 'Birth of a Killer', there are very few strong, original female characters. Most of the women are either: stupid and pretty humans for the Cubs to woo or a house-wife waiting for her husband to come home so she can cook the tea for him. There are some strong women, these being Lady Evanna and Malora, but even these have their sexist labels: Evanna is only liked by men when she looks gorgeous and beautiful, and Malora spends most of her time cooking and cleaning for Larten, and falls in love almost instantly.

This may have a low-score, but it's still worth a read if you've enjoyed Shan's other books. Shan's first stand-alone book sees young Jebel Rum, a weak little boy, set off on a quest to gain invincibility, regain his honour, get the love of his life Just as gory as all other Shan books Children getting their heads smashed against rocks, bats savaging people, grave-robbing, etc , so obviously not for young children.

Jebel's adventures are very well-written and imaginative. This story is all about different cultures and religions. Whilst this does at times destract from the story, it is mostly a welcome plot device, that helps make the world this book is set in come alive! As this is a stand-alone, it is bigger than the other Shan books, and more expensive. The world Shan paints is dark and bleak at times, and there are some cool monsters.

There may be a bit too many coincidences here Jebel escapes villains, then meets them again, then escapes them, then meets them again!! This isn't Shan's best book Although he said on his website that it's his favourite , but is still essential for horror fans. When I first read this when I was about ten years old, I was terrified, and had many sleepless nights!

I put this book safely away in the book case, never to be read again Expertly written, this book is sure to send a shiver down even the most die-hard horror fans! Lord Loss and his demon slaves Vein and Artery are great villains: very scary, very creepy, very well written. The plot of this book is simpler than later books: a boy's world is turned upside down when a horrible demon murders his chess-obssessed family. The boy, Grubbs Grady What a great name! With a great conclusion, this book will have you hooked all the way through! And we aren't disappointed! The characters and villains are great in this book, and all the worlds of the Demonata are well described and creepy.

Very gory School children are slaughtered very early on in the book , very scary, very good. When Lord Loss gets a little girl, taunts her about the life she will never have now, then kills her! They are invited to help make a big-budget horror movie: 'Slawter'. It's all about demons.

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Grubbs, Dervish and Bill-E are persuaded to go help, with Dervish assuring Grubbs that the demons aren't real It's no surprise when this is revealed, so I hope you don't mind me saying here. There are more cool monsters, and the plot is very clever. What's this book's most scary scene? For example, one scene sees a mother get eaten alive by her zombie children!

Lord Loss! Shan's description of Celtic Ireland are very well done He and his girlfriend, Bas, explored Ireland before he wrote this book, so some of the places described here are places he actually went to! The wait for the next book must have been so agonising! It's all about Grubbs' relationship with a girl, with only a minor back story of demon mayem brewing. Yes, alright, it IS considerably less of a page-turner than other Shan books, but the plot is still compelling, the characters still well written and believable. And what a cliff-hanger ending! It must have been so agonising!

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Right then, so I can procceed Following on from 'Blood Beast', this book sees Grubbs trapped on a plane. Juni has betrayed him to Lord Loss, who is now horribly murdering the innocents also unlucky enough to be on that plane. How will Grubbs escape this time? Once he does get off Sorry, I know that's a bit of a spoiler for this book, but c'mon, of course he was going to find a way out!

He can't just die at the beginning! But dark things are brewing Bec tries to settle into the 21st century in this book, whilst battling demons and investigating what that strange Shadow creature was Werewolves are about! As you'll have gathered from the title, this book sees Grubbs and co arrive on an island infested with werewolves! You'll race through this book, which has some cool fight scenes and great new characters. R 92 min Drama, Horror. The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Very innovative vampire film which tells a story about the shooting of "Nosferatu". Willen Dafoe is astonishing playig Max Schreck! Not Rated 80 min Animation, Comedy, Horror. But with the aid of a scientist, they need a type of vaccination where they can live in daylight. Votes: 1, Not Rated 99 min Drama, Fantasy, Horror. In Berlin, a cop closes in on an all-female vampire trio who just took in a new member, Lena. Votes: 7, Probably, the best "vampire action film" I have watched. Good acting, good plot, good characters. PG 91 min Animation, Comedy, Family. Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Another funny and smart animation movie off course being Cuban or from the United States makes "Vampiros en la Habana" and "Hotel Transylvania" completely different films. A girl's just taking a selfie for her boyfriend when something really creepy happens. This horror short film has less than 2 minutes but was a viral with amazing success. It is supposedly about a zombie but that may be about a vampire. Not Rated 91 min Comedy, Horror. A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress. Votes: 27, Very funny and well done parody!

Instead of Prof. Van Helsing and Count Dracula, we have Prof. Abronsius together with his henchman, Polanski's Alfred and Count von Krolock.

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R 91 min Comedy, Horror, Music. Votes: 4, What a funny Canadian dark comedy! Clever and innovative, well filmed and visually stunning. The stop motion trips by car or plane and the craziness of Jen's vampirization or blood abstinence footage are very cool and sophisticated cinematographic solutions. Off course the same may be said about hard rock guitarist Dimitri Coats's master vampire Queeny, who is really creepy. Soundtrack, as it was supposed to be, is nice.

Rob Stefaniuk, who is the film director, the screenplay writer and one of the leading role actors the leader of the looser band "The Winners" , deserves public appreciation. This is one of the best vampire films I have watched, probably one of my top Not Rated 75 min Fantasy, Horror. A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. Votes: 14, Great atmosphere in this old film.

Quite nice fairy filmmaking. Few words it is a quasi-silent movie , many shadows. Deffinitely, this is not an ordinary film.

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In my opinion, it is much better than Nosferatu or Dracula. R 97 min Drama, Horror. A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. A vampire thriller beautifully filmed, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon in a love triangle of life and death. R 97 min Drama, Horror, Romance.

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The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. While most of the vampires in the film try to control their nature, it is shown as marked by lust, brutality, power, and some weaknesses, just as they it is supposed to be.

It is a very nice vampire movie! The scenes of hunt and of biting are great. There is possibly also the best vampirization scene I've ever seen! Very sensual! Characters are well developed and particularly the three main vampiresses are great. The story starts amazingly, perhaps becomes less interesting after the first turning point, but afterwards goes back to its greatest moments. The strength of the vampires may be their weakness, and all of them may face it anytime.

R 95 min Drama, Horror. A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. Director: George A. A very different and psychological vampire movie. Is Martin really a vampire? He and his cousin believe that. And you? R min Drama, Horror. PG 94 min Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty.

It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall. As the movie below, this is an unpretensious and funny teenager movie. Starred by Jim Carrey, the film shows beautiful and mature Lauren Hutton doing a good job in the role of vampiress Countess. It is campy in the precise degree for great laughs. PG 86 min Action, Comedy, Fantasy.

A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires. Unpretentious and funny high school action movie. Very beautiful young Kristy Swanson does a good job playing charismatic and initially futile Buffy. The same can be said about Donald Sutherland in the role of her tutor, Merrick. The film gets campy sometimes, but it is not a flaw. Seeing Hillary Swank in her very first movie playing one of Buffy's best airhead friends is something to be highlighted.

The same can be said about having Rutger Hauer as the comic master vampire. PG min Drama, Horror. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror. Votes: 29, R min Drama, Fantasy, Horror. Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. R 97 min Comedy, Horror. After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

A little bit kitsch well, it's a film by Joel Schumacher The 's undisguised stamp is there. Nice end! R min Comedy, Drama, Fantasy. A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. R min Comedy, Horror.

After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature. Great remake, perhaps slghly better than the original. Collin Farrell is an excellent Jerry Dandrige. R min Horror, Thriller. A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.

R min Horror, Romance. In , the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride. A better version of dracula than the ones made afterwards. It deserved to be acknowledged. The opening scene in the boat is excellent. R 91 min Horror. Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany. Great vampire flick made by Hammer. It is not cheesy or trash, it is very well done, with appropriate mood and nice costumes and scenario.

Though, at least two characters needed more explanation and development: the mother of Marcilla and the dark-haired male vampire. R min Horror. The film is good, but fastly moves from excellent moments to ridiculous ones, and then to another fantastic scene, and so forth. There is a heterodox filmmaking, which mixes many different styles alternatively, that works properly. The problem is that while some scenes are visually astounding like the Brides of Dracula, the powers of the vampire, the women possessions , there are also many ridiculously kitsch ones why the hell the hemoglobin?!

Why showing those Dracula eyes in the sky? PG min Action, Adventure, Fantasy. In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

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If you have one vampire, it's a vampire movie. In this story, Mina Murray has divorced Jonathan Harker, has not been cured of her vampiric curse and now has a crush with another Victorian Age imortal. Nice and underrated film. R min Action, Horror, Thriller. After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. This is not the case: "30 days of night" is pure horror! Not Rated 3 min Short, Horror. With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.