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The movie was slow to the point of tedium.
The nerdy biology teacher was living a double life as a part-time vampire. The teacher reminded me of Johnny Depp in The Secret Window--with his long hair, glasses, dimples, and short stature. He was even taking care of his mother who had dementia but warned him at the end about the police.You could kind of tell it was not written as an American product.
There was no real horror in killing somebody gently if they wanted to be killed because they couldn't seem to carry out a suicide on their own. He was more a modern-day Dr. Korvorkian or a gentle serial killer. The writer left much too much to the imagination like how he became a vampire.
There was a scene where the gentle nerd watched a would-be "vampire" rape a girl while smothering her with a plastic bag. Our "vampire" only got indignant, he didn't try to stop it.
If he was a vampire, he was too timid to try to fight or handle conflict in his quest for blood. He even got sick on blood from the victim at the beginning of the movie. I would guess that was because the blood was cold. There was one tender scene near the end where he could not take the blood from another suicidal girl who he took the time to get to know in their walk out of the woods. She promised to give him blood willingly if he would stop killing the suicidal. So, a relationship was starting there, but was interrupted by the police. I would suspect that no faithful vampire fan would buy it or want to own it.
Vampire is Iwai's first English-language feature, and unfortunately it's a colossal dud. To the point where the studio apparently, in an effort to recoup anything -- anything -- from its investment, has dumped the movie onto Amazon with a stock horror image that has nothing to do with the film itself and does not even have Iwai's name on the cover.
What went wrong? For starters, I don't believe Iwai is fluent in English. Many fine films have been made where the director and cast did not speak the same language, but Vampire is not among them. Just as in the film Blueberry Nights -- in which the sometimes great Wong Kar Wai managed to completely squander the considerable talents of Jude Law and Natalie Portman -- here you have an A-list Asian director completely out of his element. The tone of this film is perennially off. Although the script has been rendered in idiomatic English, the rhythm of the characters interacting is too artificial. It's too theatrical (in the worst sense), and difficult to get sucked into this world.
The actors do their best with the material they were given.
Iwai is a master of imagery, and he does squeeze some drops of brilliance in some images that bear his usual creative stamp, but it's not enough to rescue the film.
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If you're looking for a flick like Twilight, Blade, Underworld, Fright Night, then this movie is not you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christian
This isn't a movie about vampires as we know vampire movies. It's a movie about a sick dude who thinks he's a vampire who lures girls who want to commit suicide with someone into... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie rating is -0.this was worse than a 0 type movie.not a buy but a waste of time n $.Published 17 months ago by toni
This movie was the worst vampire movie I have ever seen what it has done with vampires I DO NOT KNOW. Want my money back .Published 17 months ago by clair oates
Awful dialog, had nothing to do with what you tink pf a Vampire movie. Wasted mney on purchasing the video! Don't buy it or bother renting it either. You will be bored!Published 17 months ago by Steven Richardson
B Movie at best. Acting was bad, plot was bad. Turned it off before it was done!!!Published 18 months ago by Brenda Lincoln
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