I make my long-awaited return with an Hour of the Wolf review of Snowpiercer, the metaphoric science fiction film from Bong-Joon Ho (The Host). Lawrence French receives The Signal, an indie sci-fi flick. And Steve Biodrowski unearths Dan Curtis' Dracula from its new Blu-ray casket.
What might be underneath the recent public fascination with a zombie apocalypse? To some extent, the recurring rise of the zombie reflects our fear of the shadow side of unreflective technological progress.
Although Van Helsing was truly Dracula's primary nemesis, he was only one man in a collection of characters battling the vampire. So how is it that his individual role has turned out to be so influential? It is simple, really: He contributed knowledge that nobody else had.
At this year's Italian Film Festival in Los Angeles, Argento himself introduced clips from Dracula 3-D, as well as a fully remastered screening of his 1977 supernatural classic, Suspiria. After the screening, I spoke to the Italian master of horror.