The Vampire Diaries Can Still Go Straight For The Heartstrings Sometimes

The Vampire Diaries is basically doing its own version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "The Body." But thanks to some genuinely razor-sharp writing and some strong acting from Candice Accola in particular, it's still incredibly moving and effective. Just check out this crazy-intense clip from last night's episode.… » 1/30/15 7:30pm Friday 7:30pm

A Clip That Shows Why The Originals Is Amazing PhD Dissertation Fodder

Seriously, some media studies grad student somewhere has to be writing a thesis about race, gender and politics in vampire media — and she or he must be just drooling over The Originals right now. Just watch this clip, in which Marcel turns a segregated World War I unit into vampires, and see for yourself. » 1/27/15 4:40pm Tuesday 4:40pm

The Originals Wields Irony Like A F--ing Straight Razor

To most people, The Originals is a wacky spinoff of the "vampire love triangle" show The Vampire Diaries — in which the ancient vamps from TVD go to New Orleans, have a magic baby, and get caught up in endless power struggles. But to devotees, The Originals is a reliable supplier of hilariously bitter irony. Just… » 1/20/15 7:59pm 1/20/15 7:59pm

New York Hosts The Vampire Apocalypse In New Trailer For The Strain

FX has debuted the first trailer for the second season of Guillermo del Toro's vampire series The Strain, and it appears the ammonia-laden Strigoi fecal matter has completely hit the fan, as the war between humans and the vampires has escalated from covert to "the city is overrun and also on fire." » 1/19/15 8:20am 1/19/15 8:20am

Fran Kranz Takes On Oberyn Martell In The Bloodsucking Bastards


Cabin in the Woods' Fran Kranz as a soulless office drone? Check. Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal as evil middle-management? Check. Here's the first trailer for Bloodsucking Bastards, an Office Space meets Fright Night movie where Kranz and his co-workers realize their bosses aren't just assholes, they're vampires. » 1/15/15 7:40am 1/15/15 7:40am

Why Is Kai Any Worse Than The Other Psychos On The Vampire Diaries?

The new villain of The Vampire Diaries is shaping up to be Kai, the psychotic son of a witch clan. Bonnie almost sacrificed her life to stop Kai — but how long before she's sacrificing her life to save him? And more to the point, is Kai any worse than the rest of the monsters on TVD? Spoilers ahead... » 12/05/14 4:40pm 12/05/14 4:40pm

Don't Miss The Moody Vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

There's a lot that's unique about Ana Lily Amirpour's striking new film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. This will likely be cinema's only black-and-white feminist Western vampire movie, shot in a California ghost town but with all dialogue in Farsi ... unless Amirpour decides to make a sequel. » 12/05/14 8:00am 12/05/14 8:00am

The First Trailer For Spike Lee's Kickstarter-Funded Quasi-Vampire Film

Director Spike Lee raised $1.4 million on Kickstarter to help him make Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a film about a high-society scholar who becomes cursed by an artifact and develops a relentless craving for blood. And the first trailer hints at the movie's themes of social status, violence, and addiction. » 12/02/14 3:08pm 12/02/14 3:08pm

Vampire Diaries Finally Acquires A Plot... And It's A Pretty Decent One

Only eight episodes into the season, The Vampire Diaries has finally spun up its might plot engine to give us some actual stakes, beyond just whether Damon and Elena will be together. And the good news is? It's actually a pretty good plot, that justifies a lot of the slow buildup. Spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 4:50pm 11/21/14 4:50pm

​The True Story Behind Those "Antique" Vampire Hunting Kits

You've seen them turn up on auction sites from time to time: "authentic vampire-killing kits," attributed to a master craftsman, Professor Ernst Blomberg of Germany. (One sold for $12,000 at Sotheby's.) A British museum curator explains how he proved them to be fakes — and why they're nonetheless still very valuable. » 11/14/14 8:40am 11/14/14 8:40am

According To The Originals, The True Vampire Superpower Is Repression

At first blush, that sounds like nothing new — in the Vampire Diaries universe, one of the most useful abilities vampires have is the capacity for turning their human emotions off, and becoming pure sociopaths. But last night's Originals hinted that even regular vampires engage in a lot of repression. Spoilers ahead... » 11/04/14 3:31pm 11/04/14 3:31pm

Meet Afghanistan's Elusive, Endangered "Vampire" Deer

This is a male musk deer, knowing for growing fangs during the breeding season. A recent survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society confirmed that Kashmir musk deer, one of seven related Asian species, still live in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province, some 60 years after its last recorded sighting. » 10/31/14 6:25pm 10/31/14 6:25pm

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Was Inspired By A Yellow Fever Epidemic

A community paralyzed with fear, not knowing when an unseen presence will claim its next victim. Are we describing an epidemic or a supernatural predator? The similarity is not a coincidence in the horror story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, whose author, Washington Irving, fled a yellow fever outbreak in New York. » 10/31/14 12:20pm 10/31/14 12:20pm