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A VAMPIRE RETURN:NEW LESTAT AND ANNE RICE ADAPTATION?

As the whole world around seems obsessed in good or bad ways with all kinds of fanged creatures, most of them sparkling unfortunately, I see reported from SFX magazine site, that the rights to film the ANNE RICE book THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF the forth VAMPIRE CHRONICLE book and featuring vampire LESTAT, previously played by TOM CRUISE in the 1994 INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE movie.

It is about time that a new film from the pages of ANNE RICE vampire novels showed up to show the young romantic vampires how it is done with much more drama, style and fear. While INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE directed by NEIL JORDAN did run into much debate and controversy on release many fans of the book displeased with the choice of casting CRUISE, and then BRAD PITT many felt was also miscast, on the whole it was a fairly good epic impressive vampire film, like barely any other. After that, in 2002 there then came the bold but even much more flawed adaptation of QUEEN OF THE DAMNED which also featured LESTAT in his later wild modern rockstar period. More bad casting, unconvincing special effects and short running time ruined that one.

It is a real shame, as the vampire books of ANNE RICE are so very rich, descriptive, emotional and evocative in the telling of their dark gothic tales and provide so much to work with for film makers. The lure of big box office takings, mass appeal and mainstream success seem to continue to ruin the original intent from the stories. Again, while vampires are a top drawer sure cultural fixture in the wake of mass popularity of TWILIGHT, TRUE BLOOD,  and various genre television shows and movies recently producers and filmmakers have been drawn toward the queen of vampire tales of our age and opportunity suck the life from another loved source of horror. Let us hope that the new LESTAT will creep up and shock us, with respectful authentic fangs, eclipsing Team Edward and  Sookie’s vampire friends as he rightly should…

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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