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Felicia and Calvin are two 'vampires' living in a desolate Long Island where things are tolerable...Until the local blood bank amps up security measures and their hunt for the red stuff ... See full summary »

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Duane Bazazian ...
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Felicia and Calvin are two 'vampires' living in a desolate Long Island where things are tolerable...Until the local blood bank amps up security measures and their hunt for the red stuff sends them down a rabbit hole of desperation and decadence. Their humanitarian methods of obtaining their sanguine drug soon go out the window when they are faced with the reality of their situation. Once blood has been drawn, the scenario worsens until an all-out massacre is not far off and the maladjusted addicts must consider their rather grim fate, as a couple and as the monsters that they have become. Written by Anonymous

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Director Bob Freville allowed actor/associate producer Duane Bazazian to slice open his bicep with a rapier in lieu of a prosthetic device that was needed for a bloodletting sequence. The shot of Freville getting sliced was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. See more »

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Hemo is a smart, scary, sexy vampire movie that will take you by surprise

Vampires are sexy. This is the new paradigm of the world of contemporary horror fiction. We no longer live in a world where vampires are vicious monsters who want nothing more than to suck our blood--rather, our world is one where vampires crave love, experience lust, and...still want to suck our blood. Critics may wail and moan about this new turn in vampire lore, but the appeal and potential dimensions which the "vampires-are-sexy" trend has to offer cannot be denied. In the best case scenario, we get movies like Hemo, a little-known indie horror gem from 2010, which takes this common twist in vampire lore, adds a few fresh ones to the mix, and serves it up in a film which is scary, sexy, smart and very entertaining.

Hemo is the story of a group of modern-day vampires who, after being turned away from local blood banks, are forced to resort to murder in order to get their fix. That's all that should really be said about the movie, because to say any more would diminish the suspense and unique quality that this film has to offer. As can be seen, though, this is a vampire film with more dimension than is typically expected of the genre today. Vampirism is treated as a drug addiction more than it is a dietary necessity, which adds a depth and realism to it, and it often echoes shades of popular drug films from decades past, such as Trainspotting or Requiem for a Dream. In addition, a moral weight is added to the story by presenting it from the perspective of vampires who do not want to kill for blood, being forced into doing so by unfortunate circumstances beyond their control. There is more depth and heart to this film for those reasons alone than most vampire movies get out of merely adding a little sex appeal to their sharp-toothed antagonists. In addition, the film has a unique visual style, playing with color and lighting as tools of mood and content, and using a mobile, expressive camera to portray shades of emotional content as opposed to merely showing a narrative. The picture is a little jittery in places--a consequence of shooting on a low budget--but that does nothing to diminish the effort, talent, and artistry that went into this production.

The acting and writing in the film are surprisingly very good. Pamela Price, who plays Felicia, is a talented and appealing young actress who balances a subtle performance with a dark, unconventional sex appeal, and Steve Dash (who you may remember from Friday the 13th Part 2,) shines as the friendly neighbor who unwittingly pushes the protagonists onwards towards their eventual downfall. The director, Bob Freville, is new in the industry (Hemo is the first feature-length production for which he has a director's credit,) but he is technically accomplished and aware of the subtler elements of atmosphere, tone and aesthetic which really add life to this film. This is a fantastic example of a low-budget film done right.

Beyond the feature itself, the DVD is a very well-made and full-featured release, typical of Troma's home video output. In addition to a hilarious intro by Lloyd Kaufman (in which he uses the similarity of the title to the word "homo" as a way to show his support for gay rights, even if it's presented in a tongue-in-cheek manner,) and some excellent menu designs which are clean and easy to navigate, the disc comes packed with interesting and worthwhile special features. Among the special features on the disc are trailers, a "making-of" documentary for the main feature, "Of Bitches and Hounds" (a short film by director Freville,) and behind-the-scenes content. It is an excellent package and provides a lot of added value beyond the film itself.

In conclusion, Hemo is a unique and unexpectedly deep take on the vampire film in a contemporary setting. With a unique, dark atmosphere and numerous dimensions of moral consequence and emotional weight, it really took me by surprise, and I'm sure it will do the same for you. Check it out.


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