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

Iranian Vampire Movie A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Is A Must-Watch

I don't know how many vampire movies Iran has previously birthed, but A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (which, man, what a fantastic title) bills itself as Iran's first Vampire Western, so I assume there are others. Watching this trailer, I have a hard time imagining how they could possibly compare. » 10/28/14 10:46am 10/28/14 10:46am

On Vampire Diaries, The Worst Part Of Immortality: You Can't Start Over

Last night's Vampire Diaries had a pretty interesting set of metaphors for what it's like to be immortal and yet bound by the past. On the one hand, Stefan tries to explain to Elena the need to start a new life every 30 years. On the other, we see how badly Damon's attempt at a "clean slate" turned out. » 10/24/14 6:00pm 10/24/14 6:00pm

Maybe The Originals Is Better When It's Not Just About The Originals

Last night's episode of The Originals was another fun, crazy outing full of family drama. And yet, something felt... lacking. It was only after thinking about it a bit that I realized: There was just too much of the Original vampires, and not enough of the other characters. Spoilers ahead... » 10/21/14 7:00pm 10/21/14 7:00pm

Hot Damn, Last Night's Originals Was A Solid Hour Of Television

Two episodes in, and The Originals really seems to be hitting a new level in its second season. It's not just the fact that the stories are fast-paced and kind of insane — there were some serious emotional bombshells this week. And this episode actually had some new things to say about the show's theme of "family." » 10/14/14 4:49pm 10/14/14 4:49pm

Now Underworld Is Getting Two New Movies And A TV Series

I hope you like your vampires gun-toting and weather black leather catsuits, because if Len Wiseman has his way, you'll be seeing a lot of them. At NYCC the director announced that two Underworld movies were in development — one of them possibly starring with Kate Beckinsale! — as well as a TV series. » 10/13/14 10:40am 10/13/14 10:40am

At its Best, Vampire Diaries Admits It's A Show About Terrible People

At this point, almost everyone on The Vampire Diaries is a mass murderer — but even more than that, the show is about how our foolish notions of "romance" are a pure distraction from the ugliness of our violent world. And last night's episode beautifully uncovered the unromantic truth about Damon and Stefan. » 10/10/14 4:40pm 10/10/14 4:40pm

Which Movie Wasn't As Amazing As The Version In Your Head Beforehand?

Sometimes you see a trailer for a movie, and you can just picture how it's going to go. The glimpses of cool visuals in the trailer, and the intriguing hints you pick up, write themselves into a whole story in your head. And then... the actual movie can't compare. Which movie was way, way better in your head? » 10/10/14 2:14pm 10/10/14 2:14pm