Sunday, February 13, 2011
Die Toten Reiten Schnell
Nosferatu (1922). Distant drums, and the rest is silence. The sublime aspect of horror depends upon the desirability of the deadly thing, and the Count exudes an exotic sensuality that few readers can resist. Lugosi's burning eyed Count in the 1931 film immortalized a certain idea of the vampire even as it left itself open to endless parody and subversion. Christopher Lee's undead anti-hero in Horror of Dracula (1958) had more bite, as it were, and a long, lean figure that better suggested his sinister romantic power.
Dracula's Daughter (1936), Isle of the Dead (1945), The Hunger (1985), and Innocent Blood (1992) come to mind. The gender reversals are especially interesting.
The LEGO photos, by the way, have kept me busy this weekend. I stalk IMDB looking for good photographs to recreate in miniature. I had been thinking about doing something along these lines for a long time, but Alex Eylar's recent LEGO movie photos of the Best Picture contenders inspired me to quit thinking and get busy building.