Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Release date: 2009
I saw this at the 2009 Bram Stoker Film Festival. It was one of several vampire movies on and actually the only British movie showing. It was, unfortunately, the weakest of all the vampire films on at the festival bar Orlock the Vampire in 3D… and Orlock was less a film in its own right and more an act of vandalism of a great piece of cinema. As for this…
Well let's just say that it looked pretty enough, but the story was pretty darn middle of the road and the clichés came thick and fast, which can be okay sometimes, other than the fact that the acting let it down, I mean really let it down.
It begins with Issy (Caroline Haines) stood on a bridge overlooking the Thames, trying to summon the courage to kill herself. We can hear her thoughts in voice over. It has to be this way, everyone is gone and life will be a living Hell. Trouble is… I didn’t buy it. There was no projected emotion enough to make me consider this was a woman on the edge. Perhaps it was just too soap opera in delivery. Worse it might have actually been at Demons level. The credits role and time goes backwards.
That evening she gets ready to go out. Kylie is bemused, especially as Issy seems uninjured even though her blouse from the night before is stiff with blood. I was bemused as night hadn’t actually fallen and the evening sun seemed somewhat bright as Issy took the train, her eyes glowing red whilst she had psychic flashes. She buys some wine but it makes her heave and so she smashes the bottle.
Nosferatu and in an interesting piece of set design the painting on a broken factory wall, of a clawed hand, was reminiscent of Nosferatu also.
Unfortunate. 3 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.