Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Vampiress Review: "Pray for Daylight"


The Gist: A vampire hunter who went away to Europe comes back to her home town to find out that a new vampire mistress has taken over the town and isn't happy to have her back.

Female Vampire Factor: The main villain of the film is the vampire Lucretia

She has taken control of all the vampires of the town and keeps a damphyre named Syeria that she has hypnotized to serve her as a bodyguard.

 There's also a vampiress that shows up in flashbacks named Natalia.

 The rest of the vampires are just background characters in the films ending fight scene. 

  This is also the only point where Lucretia shows her fangs which happens after she is shot.


Final Opinion:  With a title like "Pray for Daylight" you would think (or hope) for a survival horror film.  What you get instead is a low quality Buffy the Vampire Slayer style drama with pretty much no actual vampirism in the vampire film.  The bulk of the film is slow paced fight scenes, flashbacks in black and white and annoying transitions that have gun shot sound effects.  I give it a Vampire Beauty Rating of 1 out of 5.  This film comes across more as an attempt to start a franchise with the Cassie Banning vampire hunter character than anything else.  From what I understand the film makers were self taught and this was a bit of an experimental project for them so by that standpoint it's much better than your average film experiments. The two shorts that proceed this film are much better from a vampirism perspective.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, I have to agree. We should have stuck to shorts. We actually were planning on moving the story forward with 3 additional shorts for a "season" of the series in 2003, but life got in the way. It's one of my regrets.

    I also cringe at the naughties-style dialog, and I'm embarrassed to see how much "Buffy" influenced us, despite our effort to not have it do so.

    Oh, well. Live and learn.