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Podoleni Village may seem like a typical Eastern European town, but when a young local named Vlad goes searching for his grandfather s runaway dog, he uncovers a mysterious death. As Vlad digs deeper into the possible murder mystery, his trail leads him to the Tirescus an ex-Communist couple who happen to be the richest landowners in town. Though Vlad is determined to confront the Tirescus, his quest takes a sudden detour when he learns that the two bullies may be bloodsuckers in more ways than one...
Strigoi: The Undead is a Vampire movie that defies categorization. Shedding a fantastic light on a post-Communist Romanian village, the film introduces us to an ancient myth: Strigoi, the belief that people who ve been wronged can rise again after death to seek justice and satisfy their thirst for blood. A deeply human take on an old horror story, this dark comedy explores the old world versus the new and delves into the heart of modern Romania.
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And those are the kind of vampires that keep popping up in "Strigoi: The Undead," a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy that takes us right back to the origins of vampire myth. Director Faye Jackson weaves together Romanian folklore with a murder plot and lots of dodgy land papers, as well as a heavy dose of morbid humor.
A young almost-doctor named Vlad (Catalin Paraschiv) returns home to the village of Podoleni, to stay with his slightly-crazy grandfather. He soon discovers that the town drunk Florin is dead, and it looks like someone strangled him. But for some reason, everybody in the town claims it was an accident, and most of them have fine new appliances and clothes. Even the priest is close-lipped about it.
Vlad also drops in to ask greedy land-owner Constantin (Constantin Barbulescu) about it... only to find that Constantin and his wife are flushed, growling and ravenously hungry.
Vlad keeps investigating the conspiracy, which seems to involve post-Communism land deals, forgery and corruption. But he doesn't know that bodies are being found drained of blood, and that the village's conspiracy of silence has led to the strigoi's presence. If the killing (and fridge-emptying) is going to stop, Vlad will have to do something himself.
"Strigoi: The Undead" is an odd sort of movie -- it's equal parts gory horror, murder mystery and coming-home-to-find-yourself indie comedy. But the film's real charm is in Faye Jackson's depiction of a traditional Romanian village in the modern age -- think Vlad sauntering forth to slay vampires, while chatting on a cell phone.Read more ›
The acting is very good, the writing is very funny, and it's refreshing to see a movie shot somewhere other than Southern California-pretending-to-be-somewhere-else.
And watch out for the Gypsies!
If you listen carefully, there is all sorts of commentary on human nature, communism, capitalism and life. If you don't care about the nuances, it is still a creepy, funny film -- well done! Made in Romania, spoken in English. Very accessible.
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I enjoyed this one although a little slow on the start the the dark Slavic humor was highly enjoyable. I look forward to seeing more from this production team.Published 3 months ago by Thomboze Amazon Customer
I love this movie. It's adorable and funny and well-scored. Just perfect.Published 3 months ago by David Crake
This is possibly the most ridiculous movie I have ever attempted to watch. Couldn't even get thru half. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lorraine black
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