Monday, June 28, 2010
Release date: 2009
US film Eulogy for a Vampire is currently available on DVD from France under the title Mon Vampire. The film itself is, beyond anything else, a psycho-sexual drama and we can trace its roots to films such as the Blood Spattered Bride, though in this case the sexual theme is a gay theme.
Unfortunately it doesn’t reach to the same heights that the Blood Spattered Bride reached, as a piece of cinema. This is down to it being partly too obvious and in other parts being too story-obscure. We will explore that as we explore the film.
The film begins with a view of a priest, Father Anthony (Wilson Hand) and the pre-credit film is an exploration of what occurred when he was a young man (played by Sal Bardo) at the monastery run by the Order of Pathicus. This is where we begin to be too obvious. The order (then, it seems, and 25 years later when Anthony helps run the Monastery) attracts men who cannot control their urges nor stick to their vows of celibacy. Not to be unexpected when you name your religous order (Pathicus) using what I understand is the Latin for the passive partner in gay anal sex.
This film will find a cult following, I am sure, but for me it needed to be more explicit in its storytelling to underscore where the drama was to go. 4 out of 10. The imdb page is here.