Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vampiress Review: Strange Things Happen at Sundown

The Gist: A vampire couple is on the run after steeling a large sum of money from a vampire mobster.  All the while a victim they didn't finish who has turned is also hunting them.

Clarification:  I did a damn good job of summing up the movie because in all actuality its 2 hours and 15 minutes of screaming and yelling.  Yes you heard me right, this film is 2 hours PLUS long.  Do you know how obnoxious it is to literally have your television SCREAM at you for that long?  The plots (there are three separate ones which eventually intersect toward the end) seem to forget themselves quite a bit and the movie can't really decide whether it wants to be dramatic horror or dark comedy.  Basically, you have to have a thick skin and a lot of patience to sit through this one.

Selling Point: There are a hand full of scenes in which the mobsters did get a laugh or two out of me.

Female Vampire Factor: Non existant.  Well, two of the main characters are female vampires actually but they aren't very vampiric.  First you have the female of the vampire couple Amy (Jocasta Bryan)
her issue; She's a vampire who's fangs don't work and has sympathy toward people.  Then you have the victim turned vampire looking for her revenge (Masha Sapron).
 While you would think that she was the focal point of the movie considering she has a narrator type role similar to Marie from Innocent Blood in the films beginning. she is practically forgotten in the film after she's introduced. 

There are others but they're background characters and the lighting is so dark in scenes not held outside that they pretty much aren't worth mentioning.  Basically the Italian stereotype mobsters are the only thing in the movie worth watching and even that gets ruined be the constant screaming which should be in the background of the scenes but due to improper audio balance in their editing almost drowns out the dialogue.  This film gets a Vampire Beauty Rating of 2 out of 5.  It's got potential but doesn't come anywhere close to living up to it.

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