Kiss Of The Damned (2013)
Beautiful 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
- R (for bloody violence, strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use)
- Drama , Horror
- Directed By:
- Xan Cassavetes , Alexandra Cassavetes
- Written By:
- Xan Cassavetes
- In Theaters:
- May 3, 2013 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jul 23, 2013
- Box Office:
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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.
Audience Reviews for Kiss Of The Damned
A newly turned vampire adjusts to life with his undead lover, but her reckless human-hunting sister threatens their undercover lifestyle. Some good erotic scenes, but KISS takes itself ridiculously seriously for what is essentially a sexy vampire movie that almost could play on Skinemax.More
An excitingly fresh vampire movie (in the way World War Z and 28 Days Later was fresh for zombies). Less action than expected, but more drama. Refreshing retro feel to the film/cinematography/audio. Recommended even for non-horor fans.More
Dark and gritty, Kiss of the Damned is a morose and uninspired vampire tale. After a femme fatale named Djuna sires a writer to be her vampire lover her sister Mimi comes to stay with them, but Mimi's reckless ways threaten to expose the local vampire community. The story is unfocused and doesn't follow through on the plot threads that are set up. Additionally, the acting is weak and the characters are underdeveloped. Mundane and lifeless, Kiss of the Damned is an insipid horror film that's poorly crafted.More
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