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Top 5 Vampire Valentine’s Day Flicks

Top 5 Vampire Valentine’s Day Flicks

Feb 14, 2015

By guest blogger Brandon Engel Chocolate, wine, and…vampires? Think about it. Vampire lore has always been full of lust and sensuality, making the genre the perfect Valentine’s accompaniment. After the flowers, red wine, and fancy dinner, print yourselves a vampire motivational poster for the TV room and sink your teeth into one of these flicks for a romantically spooky holiday: 5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) This is the film that preceded the popular TV show. The film features Kristy Swanson as its titular demon decimating high school senior. Buffy and her partner-in-slaying Oliver Pike (Luke Perry) eventually become romantically involved, sealing their love with a kiss. With classic, quotable lines perfect for inside jokes, like “I can’t believe I’m in a graveyard hunting for vampires with a strange man, on a school night,” you two will remember this Valentine’s for years to come. 4. Let the Right One In (2008) This romantic horror film from Sweden received worldwide praise and was derived from a novel of the same title. Let the Right One In revolves around a bullied 12-year-old boy named Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) and his new neighbor Eli (Lina Leandersson) of the same age. Eli turns out to be a vampire in hiding. These two lonely pre-teens develop an unconventional friendship turned love, fighting off the demons of bullies and childhood. 3. Fright Night (1985) This fun romp of a horror movie centers around Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale), a young boy infatuated with vampire movies. He suspects his neighbor, Jerry, to be a vampire, and goes out of his way to bring the truth to light. No one believes him, including his girlfriend, but when she disappears Charlie knows exactly where to look. The film performed respectably upon its initial release, and it’s retained a cult following, thanks in some small part to regular screenings on horror-centric television networks carried by DirecTV, and also sites like Netflix that allow you to stream the film. The film begat by an ill-fated sequel in the eighties, and an ill-fated remake in 2011. 2. Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) From the cinematography to the wonderful soundtrack provided by Popol Vuh, Nosferatu is a classic...

Guardians of the Galaxy restore cosmic order to Marvel Universe in Second Trailer!

Guardians of the Galaxy restore cosmic order to Marvel Universe in Second Trailer!

May 29, 2014

Longtime Mutants will know that the creators at Mutantville are die-hard comic geeks and collectors so it should come as no surprise that the most interesting cinematic effort yet to come from the Marvel Studios based on Guardians of the Galaxy with James Gunn at the helm is one of our most anticipated films of 2014! We were all giddy with delight when the first trailer hit the internet but with the advent of the second and even cooler trailer – we’re getting positively wet thinking about it! James Gunn sharpened his superhero storytelling teeth on indie works such as The Specials and Super so in our minds there was no one (outside of Mutantville) more properly suited to write and direct such an outrageous interstellar adventure. Don’t take our word for it. Check out the full trailer...

C for Chaos: The Web Series Act One with Supernatural Slasher now playing on Youtube.

C for Chaos: The Web Series Act One with Supernatural Slasher now playing on Youtube.

May 20, 2014

Almost ten years to the day, Mutantville Productions returned to the project that started it all – C for Chaos – by releasing the once planned feature film as individual episodes on Youtube for free. The story of C for Chaos centers around a young comic book artist named Art who gets dumped by his long time girlfriend Bella only to find himself smack dab in the middle of a bizarre series of ritualistic murders being attributed to the enigmatic Numbers Killer. C for Chaos stars Scott Thomas as “Art”, Amy Laughter as “Bella”, Steven D. Tucker as “Killroy”, Belton Horton as “Jimmy”, Nicole Tschimperle as “Bianca”, Adriana Munoz as “Emma” and the Numbers Killer as himself. Tune in every two weeks as Mutantville Productions releases the next installment of the ongoing web series. Who will die next? Who is the Numbers Killer? It could be you! Find out by subscribing to the Mutantville Players channel on Youtube. Show your support for independent filmmakers by purchasing your very own Numbers Killer shirt from Fast Custom Shirts. Watch the entire first act by clicking on this playlist. Or watch the episodes individually – and enjoy your favorites more than once. Remember to tell your friends about it. Episode One: In the Beginning Episode Two: The Numbers Killer Strikes! Episode Three: Enter the Collectors Episode Four: Meet Mr.Smith Episode Five: The Adventure Begins Episode Six: The Pretty Girls meet the Numbers...

Ray Bradbury’s Quest comes to SF Saturday Courtesy of Saul Bass

Ray Bradbury’s Quest comes to SF Saturday Courtesy of Saul Bass

May 19, 2014

If you’re in need of a few extra bucks to get out to see the latest remake to grace theaters this weekend – we can’t help you out. However, if you need something to distract you for the next half hour while dunking your brain in one of the most visually engaging independent and surreal short films ever committed to celluloid then look no further. The story behind how legendary title maker(s) Saul and Elaine Bass came to adapt Bradbury’s short story Frost and Fire seems lost to time – but thankfully with the advent of the Internet – this lost gem can now be yours. You can watch the entire film on Youtube. By Ray Bradbury, Directed by Elaine and Saul Bass. Synopsis: On a distant planet, descendants of a crashed spaceship are subjected to mysterious forces that cause them to age and die in just eight days. They must also live in caves to escape the bitter cold of night and the killing heat of day. One young boy is determined to find his way back to the ship that brought them there. But how will accomplish this in the short time left to him? A Conversation with Ray...

C For Chaos Episodes 1, 2 & 3 Now Online

C For Chaos Episodes 1, 2 & 3 Now Online

Jan 5, 2014

Episodes 1, 2 & 3  of C For Chaos are now online! Woot! We’ve got this thing rolling. Thus far I’ve managed to stick to the every two weeks schedule. Episode #2 was a real bare with over a dozen VFX screen replacement shots to setup, but once that one was behind me, I fell into a groove and considering that the next 3 episodes more or less take place in the same location, it’s been mostly a matter of scoring and fine tweaks. I’ve recently realized that the neato mosquito ending animation which teases what comes in the next episode sort of painted me into a little corner. Each of those takes around 30 minutes to build and around 35 minutes to render. Episode #3 is nearly double the length of #2 clocking in around 12:43. I’m thinking 10 minutes or so is going to wind up being the normal length, although Episode #4 is almost 12 minutes long as well.. Another options for viewing I’ve consider is creating 30 minute chunks of the series so you only have to see the opening animation once and setting that up as a separate play list once we get further along. Taking the long view, this is a marathon and not a sprint. This work will dominate my editing cycles for the next 2 years at least. Given that I know I have a few big chunks of work coming down the shoot apart from C4Chaos, I’m endeavoring to get a few episodes ahead so that I can focus on that other work. The first open “Letter from Andersonville,” where I just share a low production, behind the scenes glimpse has just aired for the first time as a segment on MVP Mutant Radio. Todd and I had a nice time with Vanelle a.k.a Muticia The Movie Goddess shooting some C For Chaos related video bumpers this weekend. Forget the fact that it was CCccccold! She pulled through and we got the footage we needed. You’ll begin seeing those on the ends of the episodes starting at...