Kiss Of The Damned (2013)
Movie InfoBeautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered... (c) magnolia
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Of The Damned
The confident, female-driven sensuality of "Kiss of the Damned" anchors this handsome nonsense.
Cassavetes can film an erotic encounter worthy of the 1970s and the golden age of sex scenes, and that is no small compliment these days.
"Kiss of the Damned" tries to give the vampire movie something it most definitely does not need: class.
What distinguishes Kiss Of The Damned is its look, which combines the garish gore and muted tones of '70s Euro-horror with the subtle glow of modern moviemaking; and its sound design, which frequently mixes in a hellish throb.
We need our storytellers to do more than draw painfully obvious parallels between drinking blood and making love.
Writer-director Xan Cassavetes is trying to go beyond the usual boundaries of the vampire genre. She doesn't quite succeed, but at least she tries.
The screenplay is cliched and simplistic melodrama that drags even if the images and some of the operatic music quotes are lush.
Though high-brow, erotic and smart, the retro vampire pic lays an egg because its mostly foreign cast screws up the mood piece with uniformly wooden performances.
a significantly more mature - and sexy - take on vampire romance, approaching its subject with sophistication and sensuality even as it indulges in gore and terror that's as metaphorical as it is visceral.
Manages to add a new wrinkle to one of cinema's oldest and hoariest genres.
Just about any episode of True Blood is sexier, more entertaining and thought-provoking than Kiss of the Damned.
A rare treat, especially for those who like to see grindhouse-oriented subject matter done with intelligence and substance.
The pleasure of the film doesn't lie in the plot; it's all about the sultry, horror-tinged mood that Cassavetes manufactures.
'Kiss of the Damned' does not advance confidently enough in the direction of its nightmares to rise above the fanged pack.
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