Four more vampire films by female directors
Near Dark 1987 Kathryn Bigelow’s moody meld of Western and horror follows Bill Paxton’s farm boy, inducted into a travelling clan of vamps. A radical take on the genre, it strips out the paraphernalia of garlic, crosses and stakes, swapping seduction for slaughter. Buffy The Vampire Slayer 1992 The Buffy m ovie wasn’t a rip- roaring success, but Fran Rubel Kuzui deserves credit for pushing Joss Whedon in new directions. Before she suggested taking inspiration from John Woo, martial arts wasn’t part of the concept. Sadly, she also played up the comedy elements to the point of camp. Vamps 2012 Accepting ageing is a major theme in this bittersweet horror- comedy, which reunited Clueless writer/ director Amy Hecklering with star Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone plays a 170- yearold vampire in NYC, who struggles with issues like keeping up with new technology and how to put on make- up with no mirror… Kiss Of The Damned 2013 This sensual effort from Xan Cassavetes homages the style of ’ 70s Euro horrors by the likes of Jess Franco. Joséphine de La Baume plays a civilised professional bloodsucker who falls for and turns Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia’s screenwriter.