Film Junk Premium Podcast #62: ’80s Vampire Movies


“My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!” As a Halloween treat to ourselves, for this month’s premium podcast we decided to sink our teeth into a smorgasbord of classic vampire movies from the 1980s: the original Fright Night, Fright Night: Part II, The Lost Boys and Near Dark. Our discussion takes us through the history of vampires on film, the music and fashion of the ’80s, the homoerotic undertones of Fright Night, and the various rules and traits of vampirism that are introduced and/or ignored in these films. So is Evil Ed one of the all-time great sidekicks of horror cinema or just an obnoxious loser? Is the ending of Near Dark a major cop out? Would it actually be fun to be a vampire and are there any downsides to speak of? Separate your head from your shoulders with this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • pcch7

    Way lower volume than usual or is it just me?

  • Jay Cheel

    Just replaced the files with fixed audio. Just download the files again and it should be better.

  • Kishi Jugo

    Can’t believe Frank didn’t use the scene where Charlie asks Ed how to deal with a vampire to back up his argument that Charlie’s fandom was apparently a confused issue for the screenwriter. Even non-fans know all about garlic and Crucifixes and whatnot.

  • Colin

    Re: Vamps eating food and getting sick…

  • Colin

    Classic Day 1 patch

  • Lori Cerny

    Sean, you said that 80s films made vampires sexy.

    Bela Lugosi pioneered the idea of an exotic, suave, debonair monster back in the 30s.

    Any Hammer film has plenty of female vampires with plenty of boobs.

    Frank Langella’s Dracula (’79) had theaters full of women just to see him; it was very talked about at the time.

    And, there was a Dracula in the late 60s or early 70s, think played by Christopher Lee, who draws his fingernail down his stomach to cut the skin open. A woman kneels on the floor before him, Drac holds her head against the cut to make her drink the blood. Very, very similar to fellatio and a must-see. Maybe it was Dracula Prince of Darkness? Not sure.

  • Sean

    Yeah I guess I should have placed more emphasis on “young” and sexy. It’s true that Dracula has always been sexy.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    The movie “Constantine” with Keanu Reeves has some clever ways of batch-killing demonic beings. One being the blessing of the water sourcing the sprinkler system during a demon rave party.

  • Jr.

    Awesome premium. I’m calling for a post-80’s vampire premium. Blade, Underworld, Interview, Only Lovers Left Alive, Let the Right One In, Stakeland, etc. Take you pick.