Friday, October 24, 2014

Elijah Mikaelson


Elijah Mikaelson is an Original Vampire and is the deuteragonist of The Originals. Elijah was born to Mikael and Esther in the 10th century. He has six siblings: a deceased unnamed older brother, an older brother, Finn, two younger brothers, Kol and Henrik, as well as a younger sister, Rebekah. He also has a younger half-brother, Niklaus, and he is the uncle of Klaus's child with Hayley Marshall: Hope who Elijah swore to protect no matter what. Elijah is one of the most powerful creatures ever created alongside his siblings and his half-brother Klaus. The only people physically stronger than him and the rest of the siblings are Alaric Saltzman, Klaus (because of his hybrid powers and abilities), and possibly Mikael. He was one of the major antagonists of Season Two of The Vampire Diaries and a recurring character in Season Two, Season Three and Season Four. Elijah is one of the five leads in The Originals. Elijah is now living in New Orleans, in the French Quarter with Klaus, Rebekah and Hayley first at the Mikaelson Mansion before they moved into the Abattoir.

Elijah Mikaelson (portrayed by Daniel Gillies)
Over the centuries, Elijah has been romantically involved with certain women while being with his siblings and his half-brother Klaus, and running from his father. In the 10th century, while Elijah and his family were still human, both he and his half-brother Klaus were in love with a woman called Tatia, though it is unknown if she returned their affections. In the 14th century, Elijah was involved with Katerina Petrova, the doppelgänger of Tatia. In the 19th century, he was involved romantically with a witch named Celeste Marie Helene Dubois, who later died in a Witch hunt, caused by his half-brother. Now in the 20th century, Elijah rekindled his relationship with Katherine and they had a romantic relationship until he broke up with her and left with his half-brother to New Orleans. Once he got to New Orleans, he learned of a werewolf named Hayley and her child of whom Klaus is the father. Elijah promised her that he'll always protect her and four months later, after some time with Hayley, it seems like he is starting to develop feelings for her but doesn't want to act on them; because he doesn't want to damage his relationship with Klaus again.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Caroline Forbes


Caroline Forbes is a vampire who is one of the main female characters on The Vampire Diaries. She's the daughter of William Forbes II and Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes. She is best friends with Stefan Salvatore, Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett. She is also close friends with Matt Donovan and Niklaus Mikaelson. Prior to her transition into a vampire, she was known for her insecurities, which caused her to be excessively competitive, mainly with Elena. 

In the Season One finale, Caroline is severely injured in a car wreck and suffers from internal bleeding. Because her situation was looking pretty bleak, Bonnie and Elena agreed that Damon Salvatore should heal Caroline by feeding her his blood. After Caroline's health improved, she was smothered to death in the hospital by Katherine Pierce, who aware that Damon had healed Caroline, knowingly turned her into a vampire. Katherine planned to use Caroline to her own advantage by manipulating her, and eventually giving her to Klaus to kill in a ritual sacrifice. Damon rescues her and Tyler Lockwood, however, and the deal made by Katherine is forfeited. 

Caroline Forbes (portrayed by Candice Accola)
She attended Mystic Falls High School, where she was the captain of the cheer-leading squad, honor student, head of the dance committees, Mystic Falls beautification committee, head of the recycling program, "Go Green" campaign, Miss Mystic Falls, and one of the most popular girls in the school. 

Caroline's new vampire nature adds difficulty to her relationship with Matt which eventually causes them to break up despite their love for one another. Matt's friend, Tyler, falls for Caroline after she helps him with his first full moon transformation (after she witnessed him triggering the werewolf gene when he accidentally killed someone). After a time, she realizes that she's in love with Tyler too, so they begin an unfortunately ill-fated romantic relationship. One of the original vampires, Klaus Mikaelson, also falls for Caroline, claiming he fancies her because she's beautiful, strong, full of light, "too smart to be seduced by him", and simply enjoys her company. While he is in the woods with Caroline, he asks her to be honest about her feelings for him and that as soon as they are done with that conversation, he promises to walk away and never come back if that is her wish. They ended up having sex. 

Four months after the deaths of Bonnie and Damon, Caroline has dropped out of college and has been trying to find a way to get vampires back into Mystic Falls, as trying to find a way to bring Damon and Bonnie back to the living. 

After the three central characters of The Vampire Diaries, Caroline Forbes is the character that has appeared in the most episodes of all others so far.

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Vampire Barbie


I'm not a collector, but I had often wondered if Barbie ever released a blood-thirsty diva in their collection. A Google search provided a most glorious answer to that question...

The Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie
The Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie® doll wears a red charmeuse and black chiffon gown. Elaborate jeweled accents are featured at the neck highlighted by red and gold trim on the empire waist. Her gothic-inspired red shantung coat with a face-framing collar and full sleeves adds a dramatic touch. Her raven hair, pale skin, crimson lips and delicate white "fangs" will leave you utterly enchanted.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Katerina Petrova / Katherine Pierce


Katerina Petrova is a fictional character from the hit TV series, The Vampire Diaries. Born June 22, 1473, Katherine is a Petrova doppelgänger, descended from Amara and Tatia. She is an ex-vampire and the ex-lover to both the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan. She first appears as Miss Katherine Pierce in recurring flashbacks to 1864, which feature her romantic entanglements with the Salvatore brothers. She managed to turn them both into vampires, but was concurrently captured by the townspeople of Mystic Falls to be killed in Fells Church (where they planned to lock the vampires in before setting it alight).

Katherine Pierce (portrayed bu Nina Dobrev)
Behind her sweet-nature facade, a much more calculating side of Katherine is revealed through flashbacks in which she escaped certain death with the help of George Lockwood (and at the expense of all the other vampires in town) in 1864. After 145 years, Katherine returns to Mystic Falls, toying with the Salvatores again but clearly with a hidden agenda. Katherine earns no love after she turns Caroline Forbes into a vampire and uses a werewolf, Mason Lockwood, to retrieve a mysterious moonstone. Eventually she is exposed as a doppelgänger who has spent her immortal life fleeing from an Original vampire named Klaus. During Katherine's five centuries of life she became one of the most ruthless, notorious and infamous vampires in history.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Damon Salvatore


Damon Salvatore was a hero, a vampire, and one of the male protagonists of The Vampire Diaries. He was a major antagonist in the first part of Season One. He was the elder brother of Stefan Salvatore. He was born in 1839 and lived in the colonial town of Mystic Falls with his brother Stefan and his father, Giuseppe Salvatore. He became a vampire in 1864. At the time of his return to Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan hadn't seen each other in fifteen years due to their bitter, violent relationship. 

 In the 1950's, Damon was captured and tortured by the Whitmore family, of which the members experiment on vampires for a "bigger purpose" and during his 5 years of captivity, he meets another prisoner, Enzo, whom he becomes good friends with. Eventually, the plan the two made failed at a critical moment and thinking Enzo "died" because of him, Damon turned off his humanity to suppress the guilt and sadness. He sought revenge, an act of hunting down every member over generations which he finally ends with Aaron Whitmore's death. 

Damon Salvatore (portrayed by Ian Somehalder)
Damon's sole purpose in coming back to Mystic Falls was to free Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned him and who he deeply loved. After realizing that Katherine never loved him, his love for her faded as his friendship with Elena, Katherine's descendant and doppelgänger, grows. Due to her impact on him and the strengthening relationship with his brother, they begin working together to protect Elena, along with her friends and family. Before his death, and at the beginning of Season Five, he lived with his brother, girlfriend, Elena (when she isn't away at college), and her brother, Jeremy Gilbert in the Salvatore Boarding House. 

Throughout the series, his bond with Elena continuously grows and they eventually fall in love with each other. Shortly after her death and subsequent transition into a vampire, Elena's feelings for Damon are heightened which makes her admit her love for him and they start a romantic relationship.

As the bad boy of the show, he goes by this motto: "If you're gonna be bad, be bad with a purpose. Otherwise, you're just not worth forgiving."

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stefan Salvatore


Stefan Salvatore is the main male protagonist (or deuteragonist as Elena is the main protagonist overall), a 165-year-old vampire and both the descendant of and one of the two known doppelgängers of the world's first immortal man, Silas; he is the sole remaining doppelgänger of Silas' doppelgänger line, as well as one of the two remaining doppelgängers overall (the other being Elena Gilbert, who is a doppelgänger of Amara's doppelgänger line). Aside from being the male lead and the deuteragonist of the series, Stefan is also the narrator of The Vampire Diaries, as the story and the series is being told from his point of view. Stefan was born and raised in the supernatural town of Mystic Falls, Virginia and came of age during the Civil War. He's the youngest son of Giuseppe Salvatore and his unnamed mother, who died of consumption, presumably when Stefan was a child. He had an older brother, Damon, who was also a vampire, as well as an unknown half-brother. Stefan has had a love-hate relationship with Damon since 1864, when they both fell in love with Katherine Pierce, the woman who turned them into vampires. In the 1920s, Stefan had a brotherly friendship with Klaus Mikaelson, and was romantically involved with his sister, Rebekah Mikaelson. He was best friends with Lexi Branson until her death, and eventually became best friends with Caroline Forbes sometime in 2009. 

Stefan Salvatore (portrayed by Paul Wesley)
Stefan had what seemed to be a rather simple life during his human years. He was the "golden boy" was seen to be noble, dutiful, academic, scholarly and responsible. Stefan was also seen to have a very close relationship with his brother, Damon. This all changed in the year 1864 when Stefan and Damon both met and fell in love with Katherine. Their relationship with Katherine would change Stefan and his relationship with Damon forever. At the tender age of seventeen (just shy of his eighteenth birthday), Stefan was killed, triggering his transition into a vampire. Stefan had blood control issues as a newly turned vampire and could not handle human blood or control himself around it. After Damon had abandoned Stefan due to feeling betrayed by him, Lexi became his mentor and best friend, helping Stefan to control his blood lust and retain his humanity. Over the many decades of his immortal life, Stefan would leave and come back to Mystic Falls on and off, and he spent his time travelling all around the world, being exposed to a variety of different cultures and ways of life. 

After many years away, Stefan returned to his hometown of Mystic Falls to visit his distant nephew Zach. On May 23, 2009, Stefan saw Elena Gilbert for the very first time while rescuing her after her parents' car drove off of Wickery Bridge. Although he managed to save Elena's life, he could not save Elena's parents in time. Stefan was initially shocked and suspicious about Elena's uncanny physical resemblance to Katherine Pierce, and decided to research Elena's background in order to make sure that she wasn't the woman he'd fallen for over a century ago and the woman he eventually grew to hate and resent. Eventually, after finding her personal records and observing her from afar, Stefan determined that Elena was definitely not Katherine and that she was in fact the opposite of Katherine in every way. Still, he was strongly and indescribably drawn to and intrigued by her. Because of the connection he had felt towards Elena, Stefan decided to get to know her, so Stefan posed as a new transfer student at Mystic Falls High School. Stefan and Elena had an undeniable connection with each other and instantly bonded, eventually engaging in a romantic relationship. But his relationship with Elena began to become rather chaotic and tumultuous as many outside forces and obstacles tried to keep the two apart. As a result, Stefan and Elena ended up struggling to be together and stay together throughout the series.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant


Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a 2009 American film adaptation of the Vampire Blood Trilogy of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.

The Vampire's Assistant Movie Poster
The Vampire's Assistant is a fantasy-adventure based on the first three books of the series, The Saga of Darren Shan, by author Darren Shan about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

16-year-old Darren was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend Steve, got decent grades, and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and Steve stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns him into something bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a Wolf Man to a bearded lady and a gigantic ringmaster. As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what’s left of his humanity.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jerry Dandrige


Fright Night is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. The film's plot follows young Charley Brewster who discovers that his next-door neighbor, Jerry Dandrige, is a vampire. When no one believes him, Charley decides to get Peter Vincent, a Vampire Hunter TV show host, to stop Jerry from starting a massive killing spree. The film was released on August 2, 1985 and was followed by a sequel, Fright Night Part 2 in 1988, and a reboot in 2011 starring Colin Farrell.

Jerry Dandrige (portrayed by Chris Sarandon)
Jerry Dandrige as portrayed in the original film has been variously interpreted as gay, bisexual and metrosexual. Literary critic John Kenneth Muir noted instances in the original film in which Dandrige and another male character are posed in potentially sexual positions. These include a scene in which Dandrige's male companion, Billy Cole, kneels before Dandrige. Cole is dressing a wound Dandrige has received but Muir found the position reminiscent of fellatio. Dandrige's speech to "Evil" Ed Thompson in which Dandrige convinces Ed to become a vampire is also cast in the language of homosexual seduction, in which Ed is placed in a physically submissive stance and Dandrige speaks of Ed's outsider status in language that echoes the outsider status of homosexuals in the 1980s.

Anthropologist Paul Clough and cultural critic, Jon P. Mitchell, characterized Dandrige as "beautiful but strange" and a man interested in seeking out relationships with young boys and young girls. Dandrige introduces Charley to homosexuality, bisexuality and, through his victims, prostitution. According to Fright Night editor Kent Beyda, writer/director Tom Holland deliberately set out to insert homosexual imagery into the film. He confirmed that the scene in which Cole goes to his knees in front of Dandrige was intended to evoke homosexuality as part of Holland's intent to explore every sexual aspect of the vampire myth.

Jerry Dandrige (portrayed by Colin Farrell)
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Friday, October 17, 2014

YouTube Treasures: Once Bitten


Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a Hollywood, California nightclub by a sultry blonde countess (Hutton) who, unknown to him, is really a centuries old vampire.



At 400 years old, the Countess has collected a stable of young men and women who accompany her on her centuries-old journey through eternal night-and youth. While she is immortal, she is required to drink the blood of a young male virgin three times by Halloween each year in order to keep her immortality and youthful appearance - a task she finds increasingly and extremely hard, since attractive young male virgins are almost impossible to find in the 1980s, particularly in hedonistic cities, ex. in this case, Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, high school student Mark Kendall wants to have sex, but is being put off by his girlfriend Robin Pierce. One night, Mark and his best friends Jamie and Russ go into a singles bar in Hollywood. Mark meets the Countess and he goes back to her mansion, and after she seduces him, he passes out when she bites his thigh. When he wakes up, she pretends they have had sex and tells him that he is now hers. Mark doesn't know what she means by that, and over the next few days he begins showing strange behavior; having strange dreams, avoiding direct sunlight and even drinking blood (from raw meat). 


Sebastian (portrayed by Cleavon Little) and the Countess (portrayed by Lauren Hutton)
After the Countess gets a second bite, Robin notices Mark's odd behavior and confronts the Countess during a dance-off at the high school's Halloween dance. While it appears that Robin has won back Mark, this is only temporary. The Countess kidnaps Robin in order to lure Mark to her mansion for a final bite before her deadline expires, and it is up to Robin, Jamie and Russ to stop her. Eventually, in order to save Mark from the Countess's clutches, he and Robin have sex in a coffin while being chased by the Countess's minions, thereby taking Mark's virginity, bringing him back to normal. This renders him useless to the Countess as she has to drink virgin blood. Defeated, the Countess then begins to grow old and decrepit before their eyes. The Countess' assistant, Sebastian, tells her not to worry as there are other virgins in the world despite the fact that the Countess doubts she will find another virgin.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vamp


Vamp is a 1986 vampire film starring Grace Jones and Chris Makepeace. Two college students, Keith (Chris Makepeace) and AJ (Robert Rusler) want to hire a stripper to buy their way into a campus fraternity. They borrow a Cadillac from a lonely rich student (Gedde Watanabe), who insists on coming with them to scope out strip clubs in a nearby city. They find themselves at a club in a shady party of town, and after being impressed by an surreally artistic stripper Queen Katrina (Grace Jones) AJ visits her dressing room to convince her to come strip for their college party. Katrina seduces AJ, then pins him down, killing him with a bite to the neck.

Queen Katrina (portrayed by Grace Jones)
Keith becomes concerned at the delay, and gets help from a waitress named Amaretto (Dedee Pfeiffer) who keeps insisting (to his confusion) that she knows him from their past. They search the neighborhood, and Keith is separated from her while trying to escape from both a psychotic albino street gang, as well as from vampires throughout the area. While hiding in a dumpster he finds AJ's discarded body, but when he calls the police and returns to the club to accuse the owners, the vampires have preempted him by bringing AJ back as undead and bringing him back to the club. AJ confesses to Keith that he's now a vampire, and after realizing that Keith will not kill him and is willing to die for him, AJ stakes himself with a piece of broken furniture.

Keith, Amaretto, and Duncan flee the club, but their car is rammed by vehicles driven by vampires, and after escaping they realize that Duncan has been turned to a vampire, and abandon him in a burning car. The couple attempt to escape through the sewers, as Amaretto breaks down an tells Keith that her real name is Allison, and she knows AJ from a game of spin-the-bottle back in high school. While they flee through the sewers, they find and burn a nest of vampires, but Allison is grabbed and held hostage by Queen Katrina. After an arrow to the face and pipe staked in the chest fail to stop Katrina, Keith kills her by opening a grating, allowing the sunlight to destroy her. Before they can escape to the surface, they are trapped by Vlad, the dead Katrina's vampire consort, until Vlad is staked from behind by a revived AJ, who sheepishly notes that the stake he tried to kill himself with turned out to be formica.

As Keith and Allison climb to the surface daylight, AJ remains in the sewers calling out to him his ideas to go to night school, or work a job on a graveyard shift.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lilith


Lilith is a character in Jewish mythology found earliest in the Babylonian Talmud, and is generally thought to be related to a class of female demons. In Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam's first wife, who was created at the same time and from the same earth as he was. Lilith abandoned both her husband and marriage after refusing to become subservient to Adam. She was subsequently cursed by God for her disobedience when she would not return to the Garden of Eden after an affair with the archangel, Samael.

Lilith by Roberto Mendoza*
The resulting Lilith legend is still commonly used as source material in modern Western culture, literature, occultism, fantasy and horror. It is also often cited as evidence that she might have originally been a goddess, or at the very least an aspect of the great goddess and was demonized for being an independent female.

*Lilith is part of the "Simply Divine" series by Roberto Mendoza, and is available for purchase over at his CafePress, Imagekind, Zazzle, and Etsy shops.

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