Immortally Yours (Kiss of the Vampire) Reviews
(2007) Kiss Of The Vampire
Straight-to-rental crap written and starred by actress Kat Hawks who may have read too many Twilight-like type of novels to capitalize on the handsome-vampire phenomenon even though Europe were doing these type of movies during the 1970's. Hawks as Estelle Henderson becoming infatuated with a guy staring at her who happens to be a vampire. He then seeks the help of her dad for help who happens to be a scientist so that the vampire in question can be a human being so that he could have a proper relationship with her. Needs major reshoots and a higher budget which may have made a difference. Martin Kove who played the bad guy in The Karate Kid also stars in it as well as British martial artist/ actor Gary Daniels and frequent low budget actor Matthias Hues as the vampire hunter.
1 star out of 4
I wish they'd return my time wasted on it!
Here is the most concise way to describe the movie which I can think of (strap yourself in because this is not going to t be pretty). The film looks like it has been shot with all the blocking and cinematic finesse of only the cheapest and sleaziest of bargin basement porno-films. The causality of the plot is far too vague and the characters make very little attempt to engage with the audience beyond the gothic cliches they represent. This is not helped by the fact that the cast are perhaps some of the most ill-chosen group of performers ever assembled, incapable of being neither sultry nor scary.
There is a slight shade of the Hammer Horror to the proceedings (largely due to the film's campness but also in part because it deals with issues of class). The opening premise of a high-born woman, about to marry beneath her, much to the protestations of her disapproving parents, carries distinct shades of Dracula has Risen from the Grave. However, these little nostalgic references alone are no substitute for good story-telling. The kind which this film clearly seems to lack.
Before witnessing Kiss of the Vampire, I feared that Twilight was trying to bleed the vampire sub-genre dry (so to speak). Now I realise how wrong I was because by the looks of things it has already been done.