FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
It's not a month since I've watched "Laila" and I had to check what the movie was about. That explains how deep is the impression this movie makes. It's not that bad otherwise I'd remember it for being a disaster; it simply doesn't stay in memory. It is so full of clichés, acting average or a bit below that, looking like British TV serials from early 70's (with a difference that those serials had good plots and souls), it simply slips out of one's memory.
This movie can be considered an insult to old Germany vampire tradition that started when Murnau made Nosferatu; however, avoiding it (or not knowing it at all?) authors in this oversimplified story portray vampires that would fit better in modern American cinema, from Buffy to Twilight.
The only thing that was slightly interesting was comparing humans and vampires, their motives and methods, and you can't tell the difference vampires don't have to be monsters, and humans can behave like vampires. It could be a message of the movie that vampires symbolize dark side of living humans, and people are so afraid of vampires because they know that vampires can do things as bad as their neighbors, friends, family members can just without pretending they are friendly and moral, as humans usually do. But, having in mind the whole movie, I can, however, say for sure that this "deeper meaning" was a coincidence. This movie is as anemic as if vampires took all the blood form it; and one can't imagine the authors able to put any message in it.
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