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->''"Good eeeevening! I am ze Maven of ze Eventide, und velcome... to Vampire Reviews!"''

''[[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjZfdrnSOrh4iFL2GCNvWVw Vampire Reviews]]'' is a VideoReviewShow covering vampire-related movies, TV shows, books, wine, perfume - anything with a vampiric bent, presented by the Maven of the Eventide, a brooding, gothic figure possessed of the dark, romantic, hypnotic allure of the classical vampire.

Or so she'd like to imagine, anyway. Maven is really Elisa of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Team NChick]] indulging her VampireVannabe fantasies. When she forgets to stay in character, a ditzy ValleyGirl emerges through the corsets and dark eye shadow, and any time she tries to impose her vampire fetishism outside her bedroom full of candles, roses and skulls, she gets knocked back by the real world, mostly represented by her roommate Lindsay (WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick), who is flatly unimpressed by her antics and keeps telling her to get a job and start paying her share of the rent. Also refusing to play along are Team [=NChick=]'s Nella, Kyle "Oancitizen" Kallgren of WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh and occasionally WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows. Also, her other roommate Dan Roth, but no-one ever remembers him.

The series began when the popularity of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' prompted Elisa (Hansen, [[AlterEgoActing the real Elisa]]) to take a deeper look at vampires in fiction. Like ''The Nostalgia Chick'', ''Vampire Reviews'' takes a non-chronological approach to reviewing, interspersed with sketches for greater illustration and entertainment.

A list of episodes is found [[TeamNostalgiaChickList here]].
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!!This web series provides examples of:
* AcceptableTargets: [[invoked]] Classical vampires are where it's at, so she has a lot of fun bashing ''Twilight''. Though she did release a video giving Twilight credit for, at the very least, giving a very ''creative'' version of Vampires.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Maven in her Elvira costume.
** The positive Twilight review features a corset so tight that you can visually measure her breathing by her cleavage going up and down.
* AlterEgoActing: Even in-universe, Maven is really just Elisa's character indulging her pretentious vampire fangirl side. {{Welshy}} even [[http://blip.tv/welshy/welshy-reviews-casino-royale-part-1-6012470 asked]] her "What facet of your character am I talking to?"
* AudibleSharpness: Noted and parodied in her review of ''Film/{{Underworld}}'', ending with a bunny mooing.
* TheBabyTrap: Referenced in her review of ''Film/InterviewWithAVampire'', as she tells Lestat that vamping Claudia to keep Louie around was a naughty idea.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Not looked at in great detail, but one of her theories for Seth in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' being seen as likable despite all he's done is that, well, he looks like Creator/GeorgeClooney.
* BerserkButton: Don't say anything good about werewolves when she's present.
* BetterByADifferentName: According to her, ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was more enjoyable when they took out the demons and called it ''Film/{{Clueless}}''.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She can be sweet and lovable when she wants to, but she selfishly ruined the Chick's computer with a virus, has admitted to doing horrible (though mostly just very annoying) things and beats on Dan with Lindsay just because he drank some beer that didn't belong to him. She seems to be a NonMaliciousMonster example with a mix of ObliviouslyEvil, SkewedPriorities and SpoiledSweet and at least some sort of conscience.
* [[GirlfriendInCanada Boyfriend in Canada]]: A ''vampire'' boyfriend in Canada, natch.
-->"Our love is pure!"
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: But it turns out that not even hypnotic powers can get the Nostalgia Chick to [[StalkerWithACrush stop thinking about Todd]].
* BrokenAesop: [[invoked]] Maven suspects the moral of the first ''WeternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' is "don't be controlling and don't be racist," but feels it comes across more as "being controlling isn't ''that'' bad as long as you're nice about it, and racism is ''over!''"
** Maven also has this view of ''WeternAnimation/HotelTransylvania2'', since [[spoiler: [[Creator/AdamSandler Dracula]] spends the whole film aggressively pushing for his grandson to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent be a vampire]] and never really learns to grow out of it, but then ''after'' he gets his wish he has the gall to say Denis is [[JustTheWayYouAre "perfect no matter what.]]"]]
* BulletTime: Parodied in her review of ''Film/{{Blade}}''. She brags that she just invented "garlic time".
* TheCameo: Not counting WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and her friends/[[WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows boyfriend]], Creator/AllisonPregler (whom the Maven claims is a werewolf), [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] (both dressed as Franken Berry, and attracted by the fact that ''30 Days of Night'' was a comic), and [[spoiler: [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]] ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim to fawn over a]] WillSmith scrapbook).]] The Maven also appears in one of WebVideo/{{Welshy}}'s videos to ask for a CrossOver. She also appears in [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]]'s review of ''Film/BladeTrinity'' where she reviews the movie with him... only to flee at the point where Dracula/Drake kills some goths.
** In the "Film/MonsterMash" episode, Elisa's real life husband WebVideo/PawDugan is punched by her while dressed as a mummy (in revenge to [[Film/TheMummysHand The Mummy]] replacing Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera in an Ride/UniversalStudios [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetlejuice%27s_Rock_and_Roll_Graveyard_Revue ride]]), and the Maven tries to do a monster gathering of her own. Along with Maven, there is [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Moarte]], Creator/MaraWilson (the Chick\Critic have shown her as an EldritchAbomination), Oancitizen ("Weresnail"), and Todd ("because he's creepy"), with the Nostalgia Critic trying to enter as [[WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee he died once]], so in a way he's a zombie.
** The [[Series/SesameStreet Count Van Count]] episode features [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Elisa's son Grey]] in tuxedo-like baby clothes.
* CompassionateCritic: She complains because she loves, and even that's sprinkled amidst the fangirling.
* CrossOver: Reviews the Count Chocula cereal with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
* CryForTheDevil: [[InUniverse She feels sorry]] for Richard in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', thinking that hating him would be like hating a puppy because he was obviously ill and should have been institutionalized instead.[[invoked]]
* DawsonCasting: In-universe. She speculates that [[Film/TheLostBoys the titular Lost Boys]] are supposed to be teenagers, but since they're played by much older actors they all just come across as 20-something man-children.
* DeadpanSnarker: Maven might be the hammiest of Elisa's characters, but still has her moments.
* DefangedHorrors: Often discusses how this trope applies to vampires and {{monster mash}}es in kids' programming.
* DesignatedHero: In-universe, this is why she dislikes Selene from ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' so much; she kills pretty much every werewolf she sees and doesn't show any remorse for it.
** She's similarly confused about Barnabas in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/DarkShadows''--he's a VillainProtagonist in the original series, but in the movie he's treated like a lovable goof despite murdering numerous people.
* DifferentForGirls: She's surprised to learn that ''Film/MonsterHigh'''s [[{{Franchise/Frankenstein}} Frankie Stein]] is the main character while [[{{Dracula}} Draculaura]] is a side character, since the vampire is ''always'' the central character in a MonsterMash. She then wonders if their gender has anything to do with it, since a male Frankenstein-equivalent would most certainly be a [[BumblingSidekick bumbling]] [[TheBigGuy oaf]] rather than a CuteClumsyGirl, while a male Dracula-equivalent would ''of course'' be [[DiabolicalMastermind slick and formidable]] instead of TheDitz.
-->'''Maven:''' Why is it so different once they're girls?
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Averted. Chick and Maven beating on Dan (with his face offscreen) might be seen as funny when it would be horrible the other way round, but they've been established as terrible people with issues so they can get away with it.
* DramaQueen: Goes into tears at the slightest provocation.
* DrivenToSuicide: Tries staking herself rather than say nice things about ''Twilight'', but "Damn this steel-boned corset!".
* EmpathicEnvironment: Believing that Allison aka Lupa's name means she is a werewolf, she call her to ask about them:
--> '''Maven:''' Call...the ''she-wolf''. ''[A distant wolf howls.]''
* EpilepticTrees[[invoked]]: She speculates that Count von Count from ''Series/SesameStreet'' is obsessed with counting as a way to keep his thirst for blood under control.
* EveryoneHasStandards: She might be a fangirl who loves a bit of FemaleGaze, but in ''Film/DarkShadows'' she still complains about Creator/TimBurton trying too hard to make Barnabas a woobie, failing, and counting on him still being liked simply because Creator/JohnnyDepp is a hottie.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: She has a girl-crush on Lily Cole.
* FanonDiscontinuity [[invoked]]: She has firmly decided that ''Film/UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'' never happened.
* {{Fanservice}}: You'll be seeing a lot of cleavage.
* FauxActionGirl: The complaint comes up in Maven's reviews of the original ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' movie and ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. In the former, she points how Buffy always has to get saved by guys. In the latter, she loses her temper over Selene ''fainting''.
* FauxSymbolism: [[invoked]]
** ''Film/TheLostBoys''. Maven speculates that clear symbols and allusions to Literature/PeterPan and [[TitleDrop the Lost Boys]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have worked back when the script called for a child cast]], but since said cast was bumped up to teenagers, who were then played by [[DawsonCasting obviously much older actors]], most of those same symbols and motifs became confused or no longer applicable. Maven particularly can't figure out whether Star's names is supposed to have any symbolic significance at all.
** [[invoked]] Maven also tells the viewer point-blank that most of the symbolism in ''{{Hellsing}}'' is made up of Hirano's random interests, or things he just felt like drawing at the time, but admits it sure [[RuleOfCool looks cool]] and makes the reader feel smart when [[GeniusBonus they get]] or [[UnconventionalLearningExperience learn about]] the said obscure references.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Wears a feather boa in some reviews.
* FollowTheLeader: [[invoked]] She criticizes ''Byzantium'' for essentially being a {{gender flip}}ped retread of ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' (the film of which was, perhaps not coincidentally, [[SelfPlagiarism made by the same director]]).
* FunTShirt: Wore loads in the ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' review.
* FurAgainstFang: Maven and Allison have an argument like this in the former's review of ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' (she's convinced that Allsion [[ButIPlayOneOnTV is actually a werewolf]]), with some [[SlobsVersusSnobs class warfare]] thrown in there too.
** She later does a RageQuit on doing a video with [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Longbox of the Damned's]] Moarte because he says he likes werewolves too.
* GeniusDitz: Fairly gullible and flighty, she's still genuinely good at analyzing the crap out of something.
* GenreShift: She half-complains, half-praises ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' for starting out as a tense thriller and then morphing into a campy vampire gorefest.
* GoryDiscretionShot: We don't ''see'' Dan's face getting bashed in, we just see Maven and Chick beating him and the sounds of their punching.
* HappilyMarried: To WebVideo/PawDugan, complete with a child.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Happens at the end of her ''30 Days of Night'' review. During the review, she chases Linkara (who's attracted because ''30 Days of Night'' was originally a comic) claiming that she doesn't need his expertise, which leads to the following scene: Maven boasts that she can review anything with vampires in it. Linkara challenges her to do Twilight (which she hates). When she says that it's been reviewed enough already and that she'd just be repeating what they said, he challenges her to give a ''positive'' review. She's boxed in by her statement that she could review anything with vampires in it (and Linkara prodding her along), so she does a top ten list of good things in ''Twilight'' (which is reduced to four).
* {{Hipster}}: According to Elisa (the real one), Maven wears the clothes she does because she thinks they're cool, when really their OTT nature is supposed to be silly.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She doesn't realize the appeal of {{spy catsuit}}s, OperaGloves, low cut dresses and corsets.
* IronicEcho: Critic's arrival in ''Monster Mash'' to his entrance in ''The Wiz'' two years earlier. Same con, same room, same being confused with the Nerd. Only difference being instead of happy obliviousness to the last thing, he killed a little girl for it.
* ItsPersonal: Her review of ''Hotel Transylvania 2'', since Elisa has become a mother between her review of the first movie and the second one. She takes personal umbrage with [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a family film glorifying]] a elitist bigot of a grandpa who undermines his daughter's parenting and pushes his grandson to be what ''he'' wants him to be [[spoiler:and gets rewarded for it at the end.]]
* LargeHam: Deliberately done when she is in full Maven mode.
* LoserProtagonist: Maven is a melodramatic, unemployed vampire wannabe who bums off her roommate Lindsey. Need we say more?
* LostAesop: Maven can't tell whether ''Hotel Transylvania 2'' humans are the "norm" and monsters are the "other," or whether monsters are the privileged elite and humans are the undesirable "other," and since it keeps flip-flopping so much over whether Denis would be part of the shunned minority if he was a human or a vampire, by the time he's revealed to be [[spoiler:fully vampire]] she has no idea what the audience is supposed to take away from it.
* MaleGaze: She's a little confused as to why Salma Hayek needed to do a sexy bikini dance when all the humans were trapped in the bar already.
** ''TheHunger''. Maven is very disappointed that an otherwise progressive portrayal of two bisexual women engaging in consensual intercourse filmed in TheEighties is undermined by the sex scene itself.
-->'''Maven:''' If the camera would just let us ''see'' these fabulous actors' faces... But those damn curtains are in the way, because apparently the film thought the audience wanted to feel like Peeping Toms instead of connecting to the characters' feelings.
* ManChild: How she sees Creator/AdamSandler's characters and the young vampire men in ''Film/TheLostBoys''.
* MeaningfulName: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maven Maven]] means "a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others." In this case, that field is vampires.
** Also Morty (her travel skull). ''Mort'' is French for dead (and the root word for words such as mortician).
** Maven snarks about this for ''Film/TheLostBoys'' review, since most of the names are so subtle they'll hit you like a hammer.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: {{Discussed|Trope}} in her [=Vlog=] of ''Film/UnderworldAwakening;'' she theorizes that the main character is ''[[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic supposed]]'' to be sympathetic and ass-kicking because she kills only men, and not other women.
* MonsterMash: Absolutely adores these, and discusses them in her HotelTransylvania and MonsterMash reviews.
* MsFanservice: Albeit one who [[InnocentFanserviceGirl doesn't know]] that the clothes she wears are sexy.
** She also complains of the omnipresence of this regarding vampires while doing a list of female ones, stating that they're mostly only used for [[BuxomIsBetter cleavage]] instead of horror.
* NightmareFetishist: Her obsession for vampires is why she's doing the show in the first place.
* NotAMorningPerson: Being a wannabe vampire and all, she's almost totally nocturnal.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: She doesn't particularly relish having to say she's serious when she notes that film!Buffy had period pains as a spidey sense.
* OfCorsetsSexy: She wears some [[{{Fanservice}} nice corsets]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Speaks in florid VampireVords when she remembers to, but she can never keep it up for long. Elisa says Maven wishes she had Bidialectical Disorder.
* OrgasmicallyDelicious: Maven enjoys her Count Chocula cereal but doesn't go overboard. Critic, on the other hand, flutters his eyes and practically commits oral on his spoon. [[FemaleGaze As you might expect]], the camera focuses on him more.
* OrSoIHeard: Todd said that NuMetal fans probably moved into Music/FallOutBoy. Maven agrees before going "...not that I would know that".
* PerkyGoth: Maven is this to a T.
* PetPeeveTrope:[[invoked]] The trope she really seems to loathe is the AllLovingHero / MessianicArchetype.
* {{Pride}}: Rejects [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]][='=]s offer of a crossover and tells him that she's perfectly able to review "anything about vampires, in any way" by herself. To her distress, she walks right into a challenge to review ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' in a positive way.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Suspects this to be the main reason that, of the two female leads in ''{{Hellsing}}'', the more traditionally-considered "masculine" [[{{Bifauxnen}} Integra]] tends to overshadow the more vulnerable, emotional, skirt-wearing [[NiceGirl Seras]].
* RichBitch[=/=]TheScrooge: She's a snob who owns [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry diamond necklaces]], [[PimpedOutDress pretty dresses]], and OperaGloves, but complains when the Chick demands rent money.
** Although the implication seems to be that she doesn't actually have a lot of money, she just wastes it on this stuff instead of important things. (She's still saving up for a coffin to sleep in.)
* RuleOfCool: Maven admits that ''{{Hellsing}}'' and ''Film/TheLostBoys'' pretty much ''run'' on this. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that it hurts their enjoyability whatsoever.]] She feels this trope was less effective for ''{{Film/Underworld}}'', though.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Maven admits that ''Literature/TheMothDiaries'' throws every bit of symbolism into scenes they can, but they enjoy themselves so much so she didn't get annoyed with it.
* ShallowParody: [invoked] Loves WhatWeDoInTheShadows because it's ''not'' this.
* ShippingGoggles: InUniverse. While she still coos over the HasTwoDaddies aspect of ''Film/InterviewWithAVampire'', she firmly denies any HomoeroticSubtext other than that. However, this was probably a reference to the fact that Anne Rice vampires CantHaveSexEver, rather than denying that the subtext is there.
* ShipTease: Maven asks herself in “Monster Mash” why she keeps going over to Moarte's crypt.
* ShowDontTell: Maven’s review of ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' praises the convoluted {{backstory}} of centuries of drama, passion, betrayal and murder, but notes it only comes up in exposition.
* TheSlacker: She owes the Chick a lot of rent, but doesn't want to find a job because nothing hires at night.
* SlobsVsSnobs: How the FurAgainstFang debate is depicted in ''{{Film/Underworld}}''. Vampires party in a DeadlyDecadentCourt while [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent "Lycans"]] enjoy drinking cheap booze and pit fighting in a filthy sewer.
* SomethingAboutARose:
** Maven holds a red rose in the ''Underworld'' review to make herself look all mysterious and cool.
** She also gives Todd a black rose in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned''.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: In her ''Count Chocula'' review, saying "Nostalgia" three times summons WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, a la ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: "Good eeeevening. I am ze Maven of ze Eventide, velcome."
* ThereWasADoor: Variation in her review of ''Underworld'', when Selene shoots her way through the floor to catch up with her love interest, who's taken the elevator. [[StatingTheSimpleSolution Maven points out she could have just taken the stairs.]]
-->'''Maven''': Selene? Th-there was a door to the stairs right there, and it's only one flight down, and those are silver bullets too! Do you know how soft those are?"
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: InUniverse, this is her assessment of ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', particularly for having NoAntagonist.
* TopTenList: One of them of positive things about ''Twilight''... [[spoiler:which is reduced to just 4 as Elisa isn't ''that'' generous.]]
** She later does one with female vampires. Which limited to both one per franchise "because two would dominate" and visual media (which hurt Literature/{{Carmilla}} due to inferior adaptations).
* {{Transhuman}}: ''Film/DarkShadows'' gives her the power of hypnotism. It doesn't work on Chick the first time (for reasons you can guess), but it does the second until she gets hit on the head with a beer bottle.
* TrueBlueFemininity: [[DiscussedTrope Notes in her]] list of top female vampires, that it's refreshing to see that trope once in a while.
* TwoDecadesBehind: She and Todd go on that the book of ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', it made sense for Lestat [[ThePowerOfRock becoming a rock star]] considering how the genre was in TheEighties. Not so much in 2002, especially using NuMetal like the movie did.
* UnbuiltTrope: {{Discussed}} in her Top Ten Female Vampires list: Carmilla from ''Film/TheVampireLovers'' is a complex and interesting character, but the film fetishizes her status as a LesbianVampire, which helped lead to future female vampires being portrayed little more than murderous sex fiends.
* UncannyValleyMakeUp: If her amount of eyeshadow gets any bigger it'll have its own credit.
* UnfortunateName: Maven means "the belly" in Danish.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Vampires are more popular than werewolves, and she won't let werewolf fans forget it.
* VampiresAreSexGods: A running theme in Maven's vampire reviews.
* VampireVannabe: Her entire schtick. Taken to the next level in the Vampire Wine review.
* VampireVords: [[OohMeAccentsSlipping Lapsed into and out of]], but always used in her intro:
--> "''Good eeeevenink!'' I am ze Maven of ze Eventide, and ''velcome'' to Vampire Reviewz! ...bleh!"
* WeakWilled: She's incredibly gullible when it comes to what heroes (or anti-heroes) do in movies, always trying them in real life.
* WerewolfThemeNaming: Assumes this (incorrectly) about Lupa.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Maven makes good on her promise that she'll make ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' blow your mind.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A big running theme of discussion in Maven's reviews. Justifiable, seeing as how she's vampire obsessed.
** {{Discussed}} in ''{{Film/Underworld}}'' in particular, where she notes that the werewolves are portrayed as hairy monsters so [[DesignatedHero Selene will still look sympathetic as she guns them all down without remorse.]]
-->'''Maven:''' Once they shift, you can't tell them apart. And when they're ''slaughtered'', the audience feels ''no'' connection to their deaths. They're just shooting fodder. This is "disposable video game enemy" logic.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Still carrying a torch for Film/{{Blacula}}.
* YuriFan[=/=]YaoiFangirl: She believes Marceline and Princess Bubblegum of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' are exes, and is quite excited about Louis and Lestat's relationship dynamics in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire''.
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