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Kiss of the Damned (2012)

 -  Drama | Horror | Romance  -  28 March 2013 (USA)
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The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

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The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

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At a DVD rental store (they still have those?) Djuna and Paolo are instantly attracted to each other. They go to her place, and what a place it is, but she kicks him out, she suffers from a skin condition she tells him. But they can't resist each other. He comes back, they kiss through a chained door-very cool. She confesses that she's a vampire and everything that entails. He doesn't care. They become intimate, she turns him and introduces him to her world- a world of art-loving ancient vampires who live in hiding, who answer to a boss- the theater actress Xenia.

Everything is going well; they make plans to travel to Italy, they hunt together in the woods for animals and drink synthetic blood, no vampire attacks humans. But then Djuna's sister Mimi shows up, and she's bad news- young, reckless, fun-loving, authority-challenging. She's on probation almost as Xenia is sending her to rehab to the West coast so she's only with the sister for a few days. Mimi likes all sorts of sex with humans, and she drinks their blood and kills them, she even seduces Paolo, and has plans for Xenia.

Kiss of the Damned is exactly what I imagined and hoped it would be when I saw the original movie poster, not the one slapped on the DVD. It's a tribute to vampire movies from the past. It's very stylish but without replacing style for substance. It's settles on a 70s European horror movie style. It's erotic (plenty of sex but almost no nudity), has great music, and the story moves along more slowly. There are plenty of brilliant shots and camera angles. The closeness of Paolo and Djuna is well portrayed and you root for these two.

There are some weaknesses too of course. The aforementioned lack of nudity is odd to say the least. It's unclear why they cast so many French actresses, who may be good actresses when they're speaking French but aren't such good actresses in heavy-accented English. The lead actress is particularly weak, she's somewhat attractive but not enough. However, Roxane Mesquida just steals the show, she's hot and cute and mischievous.

Kiss of the Damned is an astonishing feature film debut for writer/director Alexandra Cassavetes. Horror needs more movies like Kiss of the Damned and less remakes and lost-footage junk.


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