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:: Definitely not the Cullens...

Finished The Strain. Very creepy, very visual scenes, as you'd expect from the director of Pan's Labyrinth, but at some point halfway through I realized that the creepiest scene of all -- the opening one, with the dead airplane -- was a) completely unworkable for at least four different reasons and b) required stupid-on-cue from at least three different people. That annoyed me, though not enough to stop me being up until 3 am tearing through it to see how many people end up D-E-D.

Yes, there are not one but TWO dogs, and yes, they both die. Del Toro, you bastard!!

I liked the Russian rat-catcher, and the old Romanian dude; very impressive arsenal, especially the UV mines. Buffy could have used those. Am also pleased that the sun does not make these vamps sparkle, it just makes them Crispy Critters. Nor are they decayed nobility with an interest in art, literature, music, or introspection, unless you count examining the inside of other people's arteries. That, they're super-interested in. Repeatedly. And violently. It's kind of like I imagine the Volturi might have been in their younger and less-inhibited days.

I do think it was nothing but a marketing ploy to make it a trilogy, though. So far seems like it could easily have been tightened up and published as a single book.

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kilter
Jun. 9th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Interesting. I didn't realize that he'd directed Blade II til I read that article. I always thought that was the best Blade film.

I hate it when dogs die. People, fine. But leave the dogs alone!

Did you look at the 90 years of vampires on the screen that was linked from that article? They even included The Count. That cracked me up. But no Frank Langella. I'm so upset.
delphipsmith
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Well that's just wrong -- how could you leave out Frank? My god, the hair alone should put him in the Top Ten Most Terrifying Draculas Ever. I was hugely amused by the (automated?) link inserted into the interview here:

"Naturally, it gets worse from there. Del Toro spoke to TIME from New Zealand, where he is currently working on the film version of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit, about bloodsuckers, swine flu and his childhood hero. (See pictures of Hello Kitty at age 35.)"

In whose strange and twisted reality is Hello Kitty somehow related to bloodsuckers and swine flu? And who would want to see her (it?) at age 35?? Weird...

Edited at 2009-06-11 12:39 am (UTC)
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