Vampires are epic creatures

The original 1960s Dark Shadows series had a vampire called Barnabas. He was the first desperate, angst-laden version of the creature and was not content to chomp his way through victim after victim for all eternity. He yearned to be shorn of his curse and tried everything in his power to be understood, even becoming human at one point.

Now 47 years later the film ‘Crimson Winter: The Oracle’s Prophecy’ brings us another anti-hero of similar vein in the embodiment of Elric, as forlorn a creature as a craft lost at sea.

Of noble lineage Elric makes the mistake of falling in love with a human and is cast out in to the shadows. His message of reconciling with those who have made myths of the vampire race and written them out of history falls on deaf ears with his own kind. They’re out for blood and from the excellently staged battle scenes using real weapons it’s hard to ignore the hate filled spillage that follows.

By feeling as he does, Elric comes across as neither self indulgent nor conceited, he is simply tired of war, hatred, and being forsaken by God.

The fact that these creatures seek out a God moves the vampire chapter into another realm, above anything gone before it. After countless vampire films I don’t recall anyone having the brilliant audacity to think that vampires’ acknowledge a higher being. Well-played crew.

Will Elric get his ultimate wish? Well this is the first of a trilogy and right now it’s hard to say as he’s exhausted and angry at death/life and on top of that a group of modern day researchers come tumbling into view investigating the falling numbers of animals in the area he inhabits. How he may react to their meddling can’t be good for both sides.

This is an absorbing story set amid some spectacular Montana scenery and shot in the cold light of day with few warm frills and no open arms, just as this should be and exactly how I like my vampires with none of the flowery twaddle of ‘The Twilight Saga’s’ pubescent ramblings.

Part two please!

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    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
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    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Red Lodge Café 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  10:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch  at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts followed by Memorial Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day.   The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m. Services at the Gebo Cemetery. 9:30 a.m. March through Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.   Services at Rockvale Cemetery 11 a.m. Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come. Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.  

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