Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Release date: 2009
Sometimes I love exploring the murky realms of the vampire genre. As you trawl the flotsam and jetsam of low budget, independent filmmaking you can sometimes stumble across a real little gem… and that is just what happened as I came across Emil Hyde’s the landlord.
As we explore the story you’d be forgiven for wondering whether there was some degree of madness involved, which might encourage someone to make such an obviously complex filmmaking project. Especially as it is the director’s first film and especially as it is the acting debut of some of the leads. Mad, perhaps... courageous, definitely... and inspired is beyond doubt.
The actual vampire aspect plays a full plot role, it isn’t just added in as an aside, but could have been developed further in its own right. That said it worked as it was and provided a nice breakup of the Tyler and the demons story. I also have to say that as dark as it got the whole film with funny and I was drawn completely in.
This is a must see, and I can foresee it being one of the darlings of the festival circuits. 7.5 out of 10. The film’s official page is here and the imdb page is here.