Set in a gritty, real life New York City, alcoholic Sam meets up with a modern day succubus who marks him and controls his will. As his world unravels he slowly figures out what is happening... Read allSet in a gritty, real life New York City, alcoholic Sam meets up with a modern day succubus who marks him and controls his will. As his world unravels he slowly figures out what is happening and has to figure out what to do.Set in a gritty, real life New York City, alcoholic Sam meets up with a modern day succubus who marks him and controls his will. As his world unravels he slowly figures out what is happening and has to figure out what to do.
I would like to begin by saying that I thought this was an extremely strong outing for a low-budget director. I wasn't hoping for Troma level, and I didn't get it. I wasn't hoping for another repeat of "Def By Temptation", and thankfully it never showed. What I witnessed with this film was an innovated director reinventing an old genre. Hollywood continues every year to do this type of story, but their moments seem stale and recycled more than innovative and classic. Fessenden uses his mind and truly makes a terrifying film that questions the basics of the vampire genre and relates them to modern cinema. It is almost like a horror version of "Fight Club" except not as strong. He uses violence, nudity, and realism to bring this fictional story into the light of New York City taking us to places that are familiar and at most, extremely spooky. This is not a bad film, but I cannot boast that it is perfect. It is continually flawed, forcing your to focus on the story because at times the acting is laughable at best and his "A to B to C" logic seems too overloaded and detailed. The acting, outside of the verbal slandering of Aaron Beall's Nick, was just poor. This could have been tightened up a bit to create stronger scenes between the characters. I thought Sam was "acting" like he was drunk more than he was, the moments of intimacy seemed to be wanted instead of needed, and as we get closer to the end, the moments between Nick and Rae seem distant and lost. Strength in the words would have tightened up this loose end.
Secondly, I had trouble with parts of the story. I don't want to disregard what Fessenden has done here because I think it is a strong moment in cinematic glory, but just small ends that needed to be less loose. He started so strong with "Habit" that he couldn't keep the momentum flowing until the end. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when he walks by a artist doing nude photos at night a moment that seems similar to the movie that we are watching, but I loose it when he goes to Rae's grandmother's house and the Thanksgiving dinner there. Fessenden also seems a bit loose on the entire "loosing his father" moments that seem to peak in and out of existence throughout the film. I think that it helps us understand Sam's moments of insanity especially near the end but we needed more spent towards his father than at the ocean with friends. There just seemed to be an unbalance in the force. There are my only two complaints about the film (outside the fact I wished there was a director commentary), because I think Fessenden can do a decent job just don't go off focus.
Overall, I would suggest this film to only a select number of friends those that appreciate the cinematic art. I say this because to the unwilling eye, this will look like a cheap "B" horror film that teeters on nothing, but I saw so much more than that. I saw a skilled director revisiting his old work to bring back into the public eye. This is a great film about vampires, or at least the idea of vampires but it is not for everyone. It leaves the story open-ended, giving us a chance to make decisions for ourselves and that, in itself, is what creates the true horror.
Oh, what about that goofy video that didn't seem to fit with the film I guess I could do without that again, but I digress...
Grade: *** out of *****
- May 25, 2007