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The Russophobia Podcast Available Now!


The Russophobia edition of Life Elsewhere with Russian blogger Sergey ArmeyskovThe author of  Russian Universe talks about his fascination with how the West sees Russia. Mr. Armeyskov shares the Russian take on Russophobiathe Ukraine situation, anti-gay propaganda, homophobia, Putin and Obama.

Plus, Masha Gessen, gay Russian activist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Dr. Jimmie Cain author of  Bram Stoker and Russophobia: Evidence of the British Fear of Russia in Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud

This weeks Hit That Never Was features Jan Coo (Джан Ку) a Russian band hailing from St. Petersburg.

Download the Life Elsewhere Russophobia Podcast here



Life Elsewhere Archives & Podcasts

In recent editions of Life Elsewhere, we’ve covered: Transgender Issues; Russophobia;  Vampire Obsessions; Dracula in the Movies; Gay Hate in Russia; Misunderstood Florida; Moral Outrage; Obama’s Historic Speech; the Zimmerman Aftermath, and much more, including The Hit That Never Was. Listen via the WMNF archives or download the Podcast

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Dracula, Vampires & The Movies

The latest edition of Life Elsewhere avilable now. Featuring, Dr. Jimmie Cain on how Russophobia influenced Bram Stoker in his creation of Dracula. Author Lyn Perretta explains an obsession with vampires and her book “The Shulim Cycle: The Book of Dahlia”. Renowned film & media critic Bob Ross on the cinematic Dracula. Plus The Hit That Never Was with an obscure Goth favorite, Richenel‘s “L’Esclave Endormi”. Podcast here

Bob Ross’ Top Ten Vampire Movies

Dracula French Poster

Frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Film and Media critic Bob Ross, selects his Top Ten Vampire movies, (in no particular order):

Horror of Dracula (1958) — First Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee starring, Hammer classic, shocking for its time. Sexy, bloody fun. 

Salem’s Lot (1970) David Soul, James Mason, dir. by Tobe Hooper. Great supporting cast. Based on early Stephen King novel about vampires invading small Maine town.

Near Dark (1987) — Director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker) brings a vampire family to Oklahoma flatlands. Brings hip references to a Western biker motif. 

Let the Right One In (2008) — Bullied 12-year-old falls in love with an exotic vampire girl, faces tough choices. Swedish original, remade in 2010 as Let Me In, also good and no subtitles. 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Francis Ford Coppola directed a superb cast — Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves — in a visually compelling and unusually faithful adaptation of the book. No CGI, either. The dandy effects are all done in the camera. 

Dracula (1979) Frank Langella reprises his Tony-nominated portrayal in the Broadway revival of the 1927 play based on Stoker’s novel. Langella turns the bloodsucker into a matinee idol. Ladies love him.  

Interview with the Vampire (1994) Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. What else do you need to know? OK, directed by Neil Jordan, based on Anne Rice‘s novel so its set in old New Orleans. Kirsten Dunst is a hoot. Gothic fun, R-rated for sure. 

Nosferatu (1922)F.W. Murnau’s silent classic, a German expressionist gem, was based on Stoker’s story but he could not get copyright approval so he changed the name. Spooky thrills, old-school. 

Dracula (1931) — The definitive archetype, with Bela Lugosi. Everybody’s touchstone for Dracula movies. “I never drink . . . wine.” 

Fright Night (1985) Roddy McDowell is a hoot as an aging TV personality who helps a small-town teenager expose a very weird neighbor (Chris Sarandon). Comic-horror-charmer. The 2011 remake isn’t bad but it’s unnecessary.

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