Inverted Dungeon Movie Reviews

When the Castlevania series first debuted, credit was given to Vampire Hunter D, a series of Japanese novels (and two movies) about a vampire hunter going up against Dracula. We'll begin our discussion of movies and cinema with reviews of both Vampire Hunter D flicks (and maybe one day we'll get ahold of English copies of the books and review those, too).

Of course, more recently Frederator Studios, in conjuction with Netflix and Konami, produced a short-run animated series based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. And since we review everything (especially when it has the name Castlevania on it), let's look at that as well:

Classic Horror Cinema

But the connection between the Castlevania series and cinema isn't limited to two anime movies and its own TV show. The series has long shared ties to classic horror cinema, parodying both the Universal and Hammer films series from the very first game onwards. Over time, the connection has grown deeper, borrowing ideas and characters from horror cinema to give the series a greater connection to its cinematic ancestors.

Throughout this section, we'll take a look at the classic monsters of the silver screen. It's our excuse to watch movies and call it an assignment for the site.

Movies Featuring Dracula (and Other Vampire Lords)

Movies Featuring Carmilla Karnstein

  • Vampyr (1932, Tobis Filmkunst, Unrated)
  • Blood and Roses (1960, Documento Film, Unrated)
  • Crypt of the Vampire (1963, E.I. Associates Producers, Unrated)
  • The Vampire Lovers (1970, Hammer Films, Rated R)
  • The Blood Spattered Bride (1972, Morgana Films, Rated R)
  • The Unwanted (2013, W.A. Entertainment, Unrated)
  • The Curse of Styria (2014, Like Fire Productions, Unrated)

Movies Featuring Elizabeth Bathory

Movies Featuring Dr. Frankenstein and His Abominations

Movies Featuring the Gill-Man

Movies Featuring the Mummy

Movies Featuring the Wolf Man

Movies Featuring Zombies

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968, The Walter Reade Organization, Rated R)
    • Dawn of the Dead (1978, United Film Distribution Company, Rated R)
    • Day of the Dead (1985, United Film Distribution Company, Rated R)
    • Land of the Dead (2005, Universal Pictures, Rated R)
    • Diary of the Dead (2007, The Weinstein Company, Rated R)
    • Survival of the Dead (2009, Magnet Releasing, Rated R)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1990, Columbia Pictures, Rated R)
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004, Universal Pictures, Rated R)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004, Rogue Pictures, Rated R)
  • Day of the Dead 2: Contagium (2005, Tartarus Entertainment, Rated R)
  • Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006, Lux Digital Pictures, Rated R)
  • Day of the Dead (2008, Millennium Films, Rated R)
  • Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2013, Millenium Films, Rated R)

Other Horror Flicks and Series

And since the modern age of horror keeps chugging onwards, we'll continue to add movies and television shows into this section as well. Anything that seems vaguely applicable (such as vampires, werewolves, and abominations of science) will get included in this section. Like Caastlevania, these films are informed by the classics that came before but have also served to influence our current views and expectations of the classic monsters.