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Kiss of the Damned -- The vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.
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3 May 2013 (USA) See more »
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Her Love Will Never Die.
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Joséphine de La Baume ... Djuna

Milo Ventimiglia ... Paolo

Roxane Mesquida ... Mimi

Anna Mouglalis ... Xenia

Michael Rapaport ... Ben

Riley Keough ... Anne
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Irene
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Juan Luis Acevedo ... Dimitry
Jay Brannan ... Hans

Jonathan Caouette ... Anton

Tiarnie Coupland ... Young Mimi

Megumi Haggerty ... Teen

Caitlin Keats ... Rebecca

Haley Kotch ... Teen

Victor Kubicek ... Alex
Andrew Kufta

Alexia Landeau ... Emily

Olivia Lauletta ... Young Djuna

Stephanie Little

Chris Meyer ... Jack

Jay Montepare ... Partygoer
Tara Mossberg ... Blonde girl in supermarket
Ashley Munns

Taryn Reif ... Tan Girl

Peter Vack ... Adam
Stephen Winter ... Winter
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Directed by
Xan Cassavetes 
 
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Xan Cassavetes 

Produced by
Adam S. Bersin .... executive producer
Athena Currey .... associate producer
Marcelo Gandola .... co-executive producer
Jen Gatien .... producer
Jesse Itzler .... executive producer
Jacob Jaffke .... co-producer
Dawn Cullen Jonas .... co-executive producer
John F. Lyons .... co-producer
Jonathan Montepare .... co-producer
Alex Orlovsky .... producer
Jacob Pechenik .... executive producer
Riaz Tyab .... executive producer
Jonathan Vinnik .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Hufsteter 
 
Cinematography by
Tobias Datum 
 
Film Editing by
Taylor Gianotas 
John F. Lyons 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Chris Trujillo 
 
Art Direction by
Ian Salter 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel R. Kersting 
 
Costume Design by
Audrey Louise Reynolds 
 
Makeup Department
Ozzy Alvarez .... special makeup effects department head
Ivy Ermert .... additional makeup artist
Denise Guerra .... additional hair stylist
Amanda Korfine .... makeup department head
Liliana Meyrick .... hair department head
Christian Salazar .... additional hair stylist
 
Production Management
Marcelo Gandola .... post-production manager
Jacob Jaffke .... unit production manager
Jonathan Montepare .... post-production supervisor
Lizz Morhaim .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Josh Newport .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Julie Besancon .... assistant props
Tim Bruno .... props
Amy Teitter .... property master
Alisha Wetherill .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Heather Fink .... additional sound
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Casey Genton .... sound effects editor
Perry Levy .... adr recordist
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Michael Sterkin .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Goncalo Cabaca .... visual effects artist
Jesus Diez Perez .... digital compositor: Method Studios London
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... compositing supervisor: Method Studios
Adam Gandola .... digital compositor
Matthew Hackett .... animator: Method NYC
Alice Kahn .... visual effects coordinator: Method Studios, New York
David Marte .... rotoscope supervisor: Method Studios
David Piombino .... digital compositor: Method Studios
Wendy Seddon .... digital compositor
Raven Sia .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
T.J. Alston .... gaffer
James B. Appleton .... additional grip
Bill Dixon .... best boy grip
Matt Klammer .... first assistant camera
Peter Milmoe .... best boy electric
Kelley Nesper .... electrician
John Shim .... key grip
Dante Skartoni .... additional grip
James Strosahl .... additional digital imaging technician
Brandon Sumner .... steadicam operator
Alisha Wetherill .... still photographer
Daniel Wong .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamara Cepeda .... wardrobe supervisor
Ashley Munns .... assistant costume designer
Audrey Louise Reynolds .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Aaron Crozier .... assistant editor
Andrew Geary .... digital intermediate colorist
Trace Henderson .... post-production assistant
Darrell R. Smith .... supervising digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Taylor Gianotas .... music editor
Dina Juntila .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Stephanie Blackwood .... production coordinator
Chris Carmody .... location manager
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Mark Eiben .... production assistant
Anastasia Folorunso .... production assistant
Trace Henderson .... delivery coordinator
Daniel McCartney .... production accounting clerk
Mariana Santos-Kopelson .... production coordinator (as Mariana Santos)
Esra Saydam .... office production intern
Anita Surendran .... production counsel
Jeffrey M. Weber .... paperwork production assistant
 
Thanks
Elizabeth Chomko .... special thanks (as Elizabeth Montepare)
Jay Montepare .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
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USA:97 min
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Loved it, 18 September 2013
Author: TdSmth5 from US

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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