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  • Actors: Devon Bailey, Jo Jo Hristova, Michael Strelow, Myles Angus MacVane Eilis Cahill
  • Directors: Phil Messerer
  • Writers: Phil Messerer
  • Producers: Phil Messerer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: The Sugar Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZY1DE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Vegetarian. Valedictorian. Vampire.

Twin sisters Lara (Eilis Cahill) and Helen (Devon Dionne) Baxter couldn't be more different. Lara is a black-haired goth who has a shrine to Anne Rice in her candle-lit room and enjoys solitary walks in the cemetery while blonde Helen is a vegetarian cheerleader who has all the local letter-jacketed testeronies buzzing around her and mocks her sister's overuse of eyeliner. Their brother Raymond (Michael Strelow) is a closet case medical student who still lives at home and collects rubber bands. Rounding out the happy family is Mom (Jo Jo Hristova), an ex-professional skater from a foreign suppressed land close enough to Transylvania to make her immediately suspicious.

The twins' feud reaches a boiling point when Helen makes the moves on Lara's secret crush, prompting the dark sister to cast a voodoo curse on Helen involving a cut up Barbie, some hair strands, and a few cage-free eggs whipped gently with teenage hate and crested with a nice firm cow's heart. The next morning, Helen wakes up with a severe nosebleed, and although a doctor assures the family that it's nothing to worry about, it doesn't take long before the poor girl is dead and Lara is overcome with guilt.

Grieving from their loss, Helen's family members each reach for their own brand of comfort. Mrs. Baxter seeks solace in the arms of the church, Lara becomes more subdued in her rituals, and Raymond sets to work breaking down the oddities in his sister's blood (which he collected during her nosebleed.) There he discovers a virus - one that feeds on red blood cells is sensitive to ultra-violet light. Suddenly there is a knock at the door.

Helen, covered in blood, is standing outside still draped in her body bag. Fortunately for Mom's heart (but unfortunately for Helen's mortician), it's not her blood: apparently, she is now a full-fledged vampire, and she was just a little hungry when she awoke on her slab. The family quickly realizes that they will need to find a steady supply of "sacrifices" to cope with their newfound dilemma, but the problem here is that Helen is still a vegan, and besides... killing innocent people doesn't gel with the family's religious beliefs. So begins a bizarre mixture of horror, dark comedy, and family drama as the Baxters attempt to keep their family together.

Compiled from reviews by Emily Blunt, Sarah Jahier, Chad Connelly, Kimberly Swan, and The Video Vixen

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine on March 3, 2010
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Originality is something that is lacking in vampire movies nowadays. I have 200 in my collection and when one like this comes along that is an original story it stands above its faults. On the downside the picture quality is only vhs standard and the sound is hollow and that damned piano made me think of silent movies. On the plus side this film has won awards for the quality of its acting and deservedly so. The scene when Helen becomes feral and takes her first victim since escaping from the morgue was superb, Devon Bailey could show the girl from 'The Ring' some moves. When she hovered over her victim's neck before plunging in certainly impressed me. The only letdown for me was Peter Morr as the vampire Duchamp who was so over the top I was cringeing. This was a good story, well told, well produced on a small budget and so ripe for a remake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. K. B. on August 10, 2009
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With low budget independent films - those not made independently by the huge studios - you find a few gems in the muck. Thicker than Water: The Vampire Diaries is that.

It has its faults, as all films do. There's a bizarre Mayan temple start and creepy (but not in the good way) double-intro voice over situation. Then we shoot over to the cool part of the story.

Story goes...a young Goth chic, Lara Baxter (Eilis Cahill), complete with the cheerleader twin sister, Helen (Devon Bailey), live in a tourist shanty on the eastern shores of the United States.

Lara is into black and red and hangs at the local Wicken filled Freakatorium Shoppe of Curiosities. Her sister, a bubble of sunshine, has the local letter-jacketed testosteronies buzzing around her and a Pollyanna look at life.

Mom (Jo Jo Hristova) is an ex-professional skater from a foreign suppressed land close enough to Transylvania to make her immediately suspicious. And brother, Raymond (Michael Strelow) is an uber eccentric scientific loose canon channeling Crispin Glover; but with originality and less spoofing.

The family is very dysfunctional. But when Goth chic tries to give Cheerleader chic acne via some voodoo curse, perhaps Lara was a tad a heavy handed on the toad spit. Because viola! Helen becomes a vampire.


But the seemingly McHateful Clan suddenly really pull together - and pull apart others - to keep their family together. Here TTW:VD becomes unique; women leads, a cool story line, and real emotional relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Jahier on August 11, 2009
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this low-budget vampire tale, but I wasn't expecting to be so impressed! It seems that vampire movies have been making a comeback lately, and not just the tween fluff like TWILIGHT. This new breed of vampire flicks, like LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, take preconceived notions of vampirism and play with their conventions. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES PART 1: THICKER THAN WATER is one of those vampire movies and one of the best low-budget ones I've seen in quite some time! I'm definitely looking forward to future volumes.

First of all, it starts like a quirky family drama, introducing us to the very different characters. While Lara acts as a kind of narrator and main character for the film, equal screen time is given to all of the characters within the Baxter family. Both Lara and Helen are well-developed, but surprisingly time is also taken to develop the characters of the mother and brother. All of the characters' personalities and interactions with each other really bring the film to life and make you care about what happens to them. What horror-lover wouldn't adore the character of Lara, with her Anne Rice shrine, cool, candle-lit room and obsession with death? Or the quirky character of Ray, whose room looks like a sterile, white-washed doctor's office? In fact, the first 30 minutes or so when we are learning about all the characters and exploring their environment really feels like more of a Wes Anderson movie (along the lines of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) than anything else. I even enjoyed the campy New Orleans vampire that comes a'knocking later in the film, looking as if he was directly lifted from an Anne Rice novel! Though he felt a bit out of place, I'm betting future films in the series explain his character and introduce other vampire characters as well.
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