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Kiss of the Damned

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Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human
screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her seductive and highly volatile sister Mimi unexpectedly comes to visit, she threatens Djuna's new relationship, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

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  • Actors: Joséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia
  • Directors: Xan Cassavetes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBFB8PI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Graham Swearingen on April 2, 2013
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Kiss of the Damned pays homage to Italian horror cinema and Hammer Horror films of the 1970's, minus a lot of the cheesy qualities that plagued some of those films, most of which were due to budget restraints. This film doesn't boast a huge budget either, but clearly director Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes knows how to effectively spend that small budget. No doubt her famous families background in cinema has given her the necessary tools to be a talented director in her own right. Her brother Nick Cassavetes directed Alpha Dog and the Notebook, her father was Guy Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby, and she has previously made a documentary, but her Silver Screen directorial debut is impressive.

Albeit a vampire movie, it is a quintessential vampire movie, sticking to the traditional mythos that horror fans have come to expect. None of this Twilight nonsense of sparkling in daylight and playing baseball. Kiss of the Damned vampires are brooding, sad and sexy. This films oozes sexuality, as it should. In sticking to the source material of Bram Stoker's Dracula, vampire stories should be a love story at the core, sensual, provocative, intense, sad and dark. This movie is all of those things, so in regards to being a traditional vampire story , it is one. Some may be displeased that this story doesn't push the envelope or tell a story we haven't really seen before, I personally don't mind. Vampires aren't real, you can really only do so much with vampire stories and they have kind of all been done already.

Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Rocky Balboa) as Paolo gives a strong performance as he usually does, and has great chemistry with the female lead Josephine de La Baume as Djuna (Johnny English Reborn, Boogie Woogie).
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I saw a trailer for this in a theater and turned to my friend and said, "This looks awful, but I would totally watch it." Then I found out it was written and directed by a daughter of John Cassavetes and it was available on demand, so I was intrigued and took a chance. Definitely the best vampire movie I've seen in a long time, stylish and less goofy than the trailer suggests. Retro and smart, glamorous and gritty, very satisfying.
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I'm continually amazed how a subject which you think has no more gas left in the tank has new life breathed into it.

Here's the scoop. A screenwriter (Milo Ventmiglia) falls for a gal (Josephine de la Baume) who turns out to be a vampire. He finds this out but allows her to "turn" him because he's so in love with her. Her sister (also a vampire) arrives at the home and throws everything up for grabs.

Many have called this an homage to the 70's vampire flicks. Other than some cheesy, Euro sounding music from that period, I found this much better than what Hammer and like-minded studios were pushing back then. This is better all the way around. Certainly tech oriented aspects of film making have improved over the decades, so this looks a lot better than its predecessors. But the writing is much better as well. This digs deeper to the heart of what it's like to be a vampire in a human's world. There is even a rather philosophical discussion to that effect during one of the parties. Then there's sis, the loose cannon. The vampire community cannot afford to have someone like her running loose and killing at will. Her actions could destroy them in a heartbeat were she to draw too much attention. Then there's the acting. All the primary characters do a fine job. You build up sympathy for the two principals because they are genuinely in love. One odd note was the appearance of Michael Rapaport. He has nearly no screen time. How is it he's in this film? But I like him and he adds the weird Michael Rapaport 'thing' to the proceedings. But this is a very good effort overall.

I have a few years under my belt and have seen my share of vampire flicks. Too many of them offer up nothing new. So when something like this comes along, that whacks up the side of my head with a curve ball, it's well worth seeing.
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* Review may contain spoilers if you've never seen a vampire movie *
Boy meets girl, girl bites boy, girl teaches boy the ropes (since Vampirism 101 isn't offered at the community college). There's actually much more to it than that, but nothing particularly groundbreaking here; still, it's well worth watching if you're a vampire enthusiast. Stuff to know going in:

🌙 Kiss of the Damned begins like a Harlequin Romance and ends like one, but there's a fair amount of blood in the middle.
🌙 Told from the point of view of vampires, yet with *no flashbacks* to previous centuries.
🌙 The mostly unconventional soundtrack / incidental music is varied, fitting, generally sharp, and even may have been influenced by the use of the groundbreaking "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (Bauhaus) in 1983's The Hunger.
🌙 The dialogue is not memorable but has its moments. The philosophical conversation at a formal party helps raise this above a simple Hammer film.
🌙 Female director Xan Cassavetes is at the helm.
🌙 Despite being shot in the States, it features three French actresses (Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis), which effectively sent my brain straight into ecstasy mode.
🌙 So that's where Peter Petrelli has been! (underneath and on top of attractive vampires, but mostly underneath)
🌙 There's a vampire rehab in Phoenix, AZ (who'd a thunk it?)
🌙 The scene at the end where the maid lights a cigarette is one of those quiet brilliant moments among vampire flicks.
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