A woman walks down a lonely street and was assaulted by a surrogate jeans and a T-shirt. He puts her on the ground straddles her holding a switchblade to her throat as she stares at him. She resists but only slightly, never taking her eyes off of him. As he goes in to kiss her, she stabs him with the same switchblade in the gut. She then washes her hands of blood in the nearby decorative pool outside the stoker gallery. Such is our introduction to Diane LeFanu, the velvet vampire.
In honor of Women In Horror Month, I thought I would have a look at one of my favorite Hammer Films starring my all-time favorite woman in horror. Ingrid Pitt is a star you’ve heard me rave on and on about. Interestingly enough, her horror films are very few. We’ve discussed The Vampire Lovers before and now it’s time for her other great Hammer Horror; Countess Dracula.
When most horror historians talk about the slasher genre, one film comes to mind as being a catalyst,... Halloween. Many mainstream critics believe that it's the film that started the genre, however, there were others. Halloween isn’t even the first film about the night HE came home. There's no denying that Halloween is a masterpiece. Nobody in their right mind would ever consider it otherwise, but it was not the first. That honor belongs to a little film called Silent Night, Bloody Night.