Dracula Dances with the Devil, and Two from Rob Zombie

Throughout the countdown, you’ll see certain films of certain types grouped together, either on purpose or by coincidence. Nos. 74 and 75 are paired together on purpose.

  1. The Satanic Rites of Dracula – 1973

Christopher Lee of course plays Dracula and Peter Cushing as his nemesis. Joanna Lumley also stars in this one. I like this one because it one of the first vampire films where an end game of some variety is posited. Many of the Christopher Lee Dracula outings just suggest that Dracula wants to create more vampires, or exact some sort of revenge. In this film, Dracula is a puppet master of sorts plotting and scheming mass casualties. Many vampire movies of late have explored the concept of vampire societies and their end games as they plot the takeover of the world. This is the first movie of the genre I believe that explores this story line. Newer films such as the Blade trilogy, Daybreakers, et al. delve into this concept.

  1. The Devil’s Rejects – 2005

The sequel to House of 1,000 Corpses, the usual suspects return to continue their bloody, murderous rampage. William Forsythe plays the lawman who makes it his life’s pursuit to end the carnage, but he has issues himself and resorts to any means necessary to wipe out the Firefly family. Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie and the brilliant Bill Moseley reprise their roles from the first film; Leslie Easterbrook replaces the late Karen Black as Mother Firefly.

  1. House of 1,000 Corpses – 2003

Four kids searching for the urban legend of Dr. Satan come across Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) who serves them up for his murderous, Texas Chainsaw Massacre-esque family in the backwoods. Rainn Wilson stars as one of the curious kids who finds himself, along with his pals, at the mercy of the Firefly family. This film, although it draws on Tobe Hooper’s finest work, and some similar films, is original in it’s own right. Unfortunately, Rob Zombie insists on putting his wife in his all films. She is passable as Baby in this one but her maniacal laugh starts to seem like more of a put on as the film goes on. Still, these two films are highly entertaining and gut wrenching.

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