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The Kenblog: Great Movie Vampires!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a list honoring on of the most popular movie monsters of all time: The Vampire! Vamps have been a movie staple since the silent era and have maintained an enduring popularity to the present day. The latest take on the Dracula myth “The Invitation” has just hit theaters and although the story is intriguing, it’s one of the lesser vampire efforts. There are some great cinematic vampires out there and here is a list of some of my favorites! Enjoy and feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page! So Sayeth The Kendog!

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The Kenblog: Remembering Wolfgang Peterson!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with the sad news that talented director Wolfgang Peterson died this week at the age of 81. He was a wonderful craftsman when it came to popular cinema and was the director of one of the greatest, if not the greatest submarine film of all time, 1981’s “Das Boot” which had the benefit of telling the tale of a German U-boat crew during World War II from a humanist perspective. Just because they fought for Germany didn’t make them any less human and that element along with Peterson’s fantastic ability to capture the claustrophobic nature of the German U-boat makes “Das Boot” a classic. He also directed the classic 1984 fantasy “The Neverending Story” which is as fresh today as it was nearly forty years ago. Other hits include “Outbreak,” “Enemy Mine,” “In The Line Of Fire,” “Air Force One,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Troy.” His career effectively ended with the flop “Poseiden” but he had a great run and will be sorely missed! So Sayeth The Kendog!

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The Kenblog: The Predator Films Ranked Worst To First!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here to give you my definitive ranking of the popular movies in the Predator franchise, the first movie of which is celebrating it’s 35th year! (Wow!). With the new film “Prey” hitting Hulu today I thought I give this ranking thing a go and include the new film in the rankings. Complete with clips and capsule reviews, enjoy the show and feel free to comment below or on my Facebook Page! So Sayeth The Kendog!

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The Kenbog: Remembering James Caan

Well this sucks!

It’s The Kendog here with some unfortunate news. As you all probably know by now, legendary actor James Caan died a couple of days ago at the age of 82. A powerhouse of an actor known for bringing complexity to primarily tough-guy roles, Caan was known behind the scenes as a consumate professional and one of the nicest guys in the business. He was working up to his death, wrapping a performance in a mob thriller called “Fast Charlie.”

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The Kenblog: Remembering Joe Turkel

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some sad news for genre movie fans. Legendary character actor Joe Turkel died today at the age of 94. Starting in the 1950s, Turkel appeared in several films including three movies for the legendary Stanley Kubrick. He also appeared in several television shows such as “The Fugitive” and “Boston Blackie.” But perhaps his most famous roles came in two iconic films in the early 1980s. The first was Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the ghostly bartender Lloyd. Appearing out of thin air when a struggling Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) wants a drink, he’s the sympathetic ear but carries a sense of subtle menace is his bearing that makes him a memorable character. The second iconic role was of a meatier nature as Dr. Elden Tyrell in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” Tyrell is the founder of the Tyrell Corporation and inventor of the humanoid androids called replicants. Tyrell meets a memorably grisly end at the hands of his most advanced creation: the replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) who is less than pleased that his creator is unable to increase his four year life span. Both roles are legendary characters that demonstrate Turkel’s talent to do a great deal with very little. He will be missed. So Sayeth The Kendog!

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