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Winner of the Audience Award at the prestigious Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, VAMPIRES is a hilarious re-imagining of the vampire mythos, a poke in the eye to both the glamour of Lestat and the glittery teen angst of Twilight.
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Others have stressed the dry humor. Yes there is dry humor--most obvious at the very start, as the premise of the film is set up. From that point on, it is filmed as if a film crew had been granted the exclusive privilege of doing a documentary on vampire life. The "documentary crew", as is customary in real documentaries, stay almost completely invisible to the camera which stays focused on the subjects. The central figures are 2 vampire families in Belgium who inhabit one house: a family of 4 upstairs, and a younger, childless couple consigned to the basement. Yes,there are a few scenes of bloodsucking murders, which I suppose is de rigeur if you are doing a vampire movie, but the amount of time spent on these is minimal,and they are no worse than the average "R" movie scenes. Speaking of rating issues, there is no nudity and little vulgarity. There are references to sexual activity, but pretty much nothing about drugs or even nicotine. Blood seems to be the main "drug" here.
It's hard not to notice a pretty sarcastic commentary on problems in contemporary European society shown through the fiction-lens of vampires. Immigrant crises, existential ennui, government corruption, all appear. In addition to that are more universal themes like the tensions between generations, between neighbors, between the urges of love and the strictures of social mores, and the stresses of forced emigration are some examples.Read more ›
Forced to share ones home with a childless couple (there are rules that prohibit vampires who have no children from owning property...just one in a slew of zany laws dictated by the "vampire code"), suburban husband and wife Georges and Bertha, and their "children" Samson and Grace, face the daily problems of vampire life with a combination of sophistication and hilariously high handed eye rolling at the difficulties they must face in order to remain both law abiding vampire citizens AND bloodthirsty monsters.
This Belgium "mockumentary" (French with English subtitles) is clever and very, very funny, with absolutely terrific ensemble acting that relies heavily on improvisation. Although obviously very low budget, "Vampires" succeeds completely, despite its similarities to the earlier cult Belgian film "Man Bites Dog". Chock full of comedic golden nuggets, "Vampires" is a fresh and delightfully inventive antidote to the insipid world of the "Twilight" vampire community, and thank the dark spirits for that, wherever they are.
"Vampires" does begin (after a couple of false starts) with a film crew arriving for this unique documentary experiment. The patriarch seems to take tradition very seriously even as he has been seduced by an easy existence in modern day Belgium. The mother seems a little scattered--another of the brilliantly batty moments occurs as she adjusts to the filming microphone. The son is a bit of a player, and his dalliance with the sect leader's woman might put the clan in hot water. And the daughter is going through an unusual phase, she wants to be human. To the chagrin of her father, she likes to wear pink. This quartet manage to be surprisingly likable and even, dare I say, believable as a contemporary family unit. It's a fun idea with moments of brilliance, but there is a bit of unevenness with the pacing.
Still, I love the premise of the movie and each of cast members is terrific.Read more ›
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It's in another language, but if your into vampires like I am and seeing what an everyday life of one would be it's a good movie.Published 12 months ago by LOV3BUG420
This film is subtitled and moves pretty fast so you have to really pay attention unless your fluent in Belgian and French. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A Southern Horror Fan
I can't say that I loved this movie. In some ways it was kind of slow because of the mockumentary style of film making which was employed to create this movie. Read morePublished 14 months ago by readsalot
One of the best Dvds since True Blood series.Vampires rules.Published 22 months ago by Jamal D.Kendricks