Sunday, April 26, 2020

Short Film: You are so Undead

This was a very short film, coming in at just under the 8-minute mark, that was released in 2010 and directed by Alex Epstein.

We are used, of course, to vampire films being allegorical. In this case the allegory is pre-marital sex and that isn’t subtle, in fact it is smeared thickly and proud and we get regret, betrayal, queering and abstention pledges all in the short running time and one set (the ladies’ toilets).

no reflection
We start with Mary Margaret (Meaghan Rath, Being Human (US)) running into the toilet saying that she is “so undead”, she is followed by friend Jo (Erin Agostino, Hemlock grove). Jo doesn’t have to guess what’s wrong when she realises that Mary Margaret has no reflection. For confirmation she exclaims about going all the way with Drew.

Kaniehtiio Horn as Nellie
Mary Margaret says that he promised he’d pull out. She’s now concerned about what her mother will say and being grounded. Things become more awkward when mutual friend Nellie (Kaniehtiio Horn, Embrace of the Vampire (2013) & also Hemlock Grove) comes down also lacking a reflection. It soon becomes apparent that the vampire in her case (who promised eternal love until she was no longer ‘new blood’) was also Drew.

blood at mouth
However, neither Mary Margaret or Jo could know just how the night will go… This is good fun and doesn’t outstay its welcome. Though the allegory is laid on thick it works for that and becomes comic because of it.

The imdb page is here.

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