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Vampires

4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Vincent Lannoo s VAMPIRES is the This Is Spinal Tap of vampire films, the true story of a clan of vampires trying to hold their family together and get along with the neighbors. Dad seems to be channelling Bela Lugosi. Mom s a little bit off. Throw a rebellious son and a daughter pining for her lost mortality into the mix and it s a recipe for family discord. Add a bewildered documentary crew and things are bound to get a little chaotic.
 
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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  • Actors: Carlo Ferrante, Vera Van Dooren, Pierre Lognay
  • Directors: Vincent Lannoo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HP2JCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was quite pleasantly surprised by this film. The jacket suggests a low budget, heavy action/horror production with some crude comedy thrown in. Actually it was far more subtle than this jacket suggests.
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.
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Ah, the difficult life of the modern day vampire family. Ungrateful daughters who dye their hair blonde and want to sleep in pink (pink!) coffins. Governmental restrictions that limit food supplies to illegal immigrants and other such undesirables. And the often dreariness of eternal life...It's not easy trying to keep oneself amused year after year after year.

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.
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Upon the opening sequence in the Belgian horror/comedy/documentary mash-up "Vampires," I literally laughed out loud in hysteria. It was just so perfect, so unexpected, and yet so completely rational that I was caught utterly by surprise. But while Vincent Lannoo's delightful idea certainly has its share of inspired lunacy, the film never quite maintains that level of ridiculous genius throughout. Still, it's hard not to recommend this oddball creation that combines elements of the supernatural with family dysfunction with reality show posturing. More comedy than horror, "Vampires" posits what would happen if an undead brood granted access to a documentary film crew to share their lives. As it turns out, a vampire family has many of the same domestic problems as anyone else. Sure, there's that whole feasting on human blood element at work--but at least they share the same dinner table while doing it!

"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.
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Funny as hell! Its hard to type right now because everytime I think about what I loved about this dark comide I keep crackin up! Not for everyone, but for my dark twisted tastes it's the best mock-umentery I've ever seen!
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