Release date: 2013
Vampirism and hypnotism are casual bedfellows. Of course the concept of the vampire’s eye mojo is well established but by hypnotism I am more referring to pendulum swinging mesmerism. We need look no further than Dracula. Famously Van Helsing hypnotises Mina so that he can use her connection to the Count to try and track him as he bolts back to his homeland. However the book also mention Charcot – a pioneer of hypnosis – and indeed the reference (and the fact that he is mentioned posthumously) is sometimes used to date the story. Charcot is a character in this film, played by Michael Crabtree.
Hypnotism is used in films such as Blood of Dracula and the Bloodthirsty Doll to create the vampire. In this it is used to try and cure phobias but one man fears that he is cursed to be a vampire…
|Erica Leerhsen as Lesley|
|by Freud's beard, that's fake|
|Chase Ryan Jeffery as Val|
This was a brave movie. I can’t reveal the vampire as it will spoil the whodunit aspect of the film, but ultimately it struggled (unfortunately even more than I struggled to keep my face straight when faced with Freud’s beard). 5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.