Rose Sinister:Vampires concludes its first season with the second half of the Dracula season finale two-parter. In this episode, the historical Vlad Dracula is examined, both as a source of inspiration for Bram Stoker, but also for the filmmakers creating Dracula adaptations across the 20th century and into the 21st. What role does religion play in understanding the life and legacy of Dracula, both historic and fictional? And what does the ebb and flow of religiosity in cinematic Dracula entries communicate about larger cultural patterns across that period of time?
Part 1 of the season 1 finale of Rose Sinister: Vampires, this extra-long episode takes some time to point out things you may have missed about Bram Stoker's famous novel, by framing both the creator and his creation in the context of some of the political, artistic, and moral attitudes and aspirations of the late 19th century. Hint: it's about way more than the naughty stuff.
Nearing the end of the first season of Rose Sinister: Vampires, episode 8 examines the impact of faith and culture on the creative process, representation versus appropriation, and the overall impact Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga has had on vampire stories.
The latest installment of Rose Sinister: Vampires is a deeply personal reflection on a vampire story that had a huge impact on my life- and why sometimes, revisiting the magic of our youth can challenge us to re-examine the stories that shape us. One of the best, and most disturbing, vampire novels ever written, Poppy Z. Brite's shocking 1992 novel, Lost Souls has had a huge impact on the lives of many of its readers. It's not a novel for the faint of heart, and while this episode isn't explicit, it does come with a content warning for disturbing subject matter and, of course, spoilers. I'm particularly interested to know what your thoughts on this novel are, if you read it when you were young, and if you've re-read it as an adult.
The Sixth installment of season 1 of Rose Sinister: Vampires tackles the 1936 Univeral Pictures film, "Dracula's Daughter." Produced as a point in cinema history when expression to a back seat to moralizing lip service, a film that was shockingly bold for its era comes across as tame and problematic by modern standards. But the themes of Dracula's Daughter would do more to establish the tropes of the modern sympathetic vampire narrative than dear old dad ever did.
Season 1, episode 5 of of Rose Sinister: Vampires ponders the frightening interplay of innocence and monstrosity at work in the Swedish vampire film, Let The Right One In. This episode does contrain references to the original novel, and the American film, "Let Me In," but overall this episode focuses on the 2008 Swedish film, often called "one of the best vampire movies ever made." There are numerous spoilers in this episode.
Season 1 of Rose Sinister: Vampires continues with Episode 4: The Lost Boys vs Near Dark. What do these movies say about the decade that produced them, and more specifically, how do the central narratives shift when we examine the perspectives of the female characters throughout each story?
Season 1, Episode 3 of Rose Sinister: Vampires tackles 2003's Underworld, and how a franchise was started. What sort of radical lessons can we take away from its message? And can science actually support the existence of vampires?
Season 1 of Rose Sinister: Vampires kicks off with Episode 1: Interview With the Vampire. How Anne Rice's 1976 novel, told from the perspective of the monster, changed vampire storytelling- and lives. This episode, and all others that follow, contains spoilers.