Ironically, one of the the most infamous and well-regarded adaptations of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel Dracula, and one of the most influential vampire movies in the history of cinema, is not actually an official adaptation and would be lost today if it weren’t for some happy circumstances. It is the German color-tinted silent film Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, literally Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror but also known in English as Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Terror, Nosferatu The Vampire and Terror Of Dracula.
Directed by the legendary F.W. Murnau (Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans) and written by Henrik Galeen (The Golem), the film follows Dracula‘s story pretty well, mainly omitting some characters and changing names and locations. A real estate employee named Hutter is sent by his boss to meet with the reclusive Count Orlok and sell him a house. Strange events surround him as he arrives and he eventually realizes that Orlok is a vampire, and that his eyes are set on Hutter’s wife Ellen. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading →
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series was one of the many failed Buffy spin-off projects. The show was developed in 2001 by franchise creator Joss Whedon and famous comic book writer Jeph Loeb, and boasted the involvement of almost the entire original cast, with the notable exception of lead player Sarah Michelle Gellar. Yes, the poor girl thought this was actually something which could hurt her career. Buffy Summers would instead have been voiced by the girl who does her in the video games, which is a shame since she sounds immensely annoying. The show would have taken place late in Season 1 of the live-action series, but bafflingly, no channel was willing to air what looks like it could have been a sure-fire hit, and the above 2004 presentation is the only animation that came out of it.
It’s really a shame, since this short segment is really good (aside from Buffy’s voice) and it’s amazing how many failed projects surrond the Buffyverse. There was that Faith show, the Giles prequel TV-movie Ripper, the Spike TV-movie, the Slayer School TV show,… All of these never got off the “pitch” stage. With a property as beloved as Buffy, you’d think it would be easy to get projects on their feet, but no, the franchise instead lives on solely in comic books, novels, and video games. Everything is possible though, and you can go here to sign a petition demanding for The Animated Series to be produced.