Perfect Creature

2006

Perfect Creature

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Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, and Leo Gregory star in director Glenn Standring's tale about vampires and humans peacefully co-existing in an alternate-universe, 1960s-era New Zealand, and the chaos that unfolds when a mysterious influenza epidemic begins sweeping through the human population. Nuovo Zelandia is a land where humans and immortals live side by side in harmony, the immortals representing the next phase in human evolution. When a virulent influenza virus begins infecting the mortals and a renegade vampire named Edgar resorts to feeding on their blood, the church dispatches Silas (Scott) on a mission to capture the murdering vampire and restore the delicate balance that once held their community together. Aided in his mission by a human police captain (Burrows) who isn't willing to let any more of his fellow men fall, Silas soon discovers that his mysterious target harbors some deeply disturbing secrets.

Cast

Stuart Wilson
as Augustus
Scott Wills
as Det. Jones
Craig Hall
as Dominic
Peter McCauley
as Prof. Liepsky
Roi Taimana
as Abernathy
Glen Drake
as Console Operator No. 1
Scotty Morrison
as Console Operator No. 2
Aaron Murphy
as Slum Kid
Owen Black
as Priest No. 2
Katrina Browne
as Tenement Prostitute
Danielle Cormack
as Pregnant Woman
John Sumner
as Howard Anderson
Ian Mune
as Vampire
Alison Bruce
as Vampire
Jon Brazier
as Vampire
Roy Ward
as Genetic Doctor
Rachel House
as Forensic Woman
Martin Phelan
as Policeman No. 1
Susan Haldane
as Alley Prostitute
Peter Rowley
as Man In The Street
Margaret-Mary Hollins
as Street Reporter
Wharetatao King
as Eel Seller
Tessa Mitchell
as Basement Woman
Robyn Maclean
as Museum Child
Hori Ahipene
as Parishioner
Alexandra Hassel
as Hospital Girl
Shannon Hirst
as Young Silus
Kerry Rutter
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Perfect Creature

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  • the unique vision of this alternate reality was strangely compelling

    Sep 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Perfect Creature is a really pretty movie with excellent locations, sets, and cinematography, but it is so mind-numbingly dull only the most thirsty vampire fanatics will want to see how it all winds up.

    Jul 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Hits the wall with a thud, coming up well short of its potential and only appealing to vampire movie aficionados looking for something slightly different.

    Jul 4, 2007 | Rating: 61/100
  • I could imagine it will gain some kind of cult status because it mixes just enough new ideas with familiar treadings to set itself apart.

    Jun 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Perfect Creature

  • Jun 03, 2016
    Though Leo Gregory as the villain of the piece gives the best performance I've seen from him since Green Street Hooligans, the true star of Perfect Creature is the world itself. Though I'm not sure why they bothered to make the setting an "Alternate reality 1960's" since it looks nothing like the 1960's (far earlier) and even if it did, the alternative universe thing would explain that enough. Still, weird decision aside, the land Writer/Direct Glen Standring has crafted for his narrative to live in, is far and away the best part of the movie. There's some great style choices too, which readily compliment the setting. Unfortunately, where Perfect Creature falls in its story. Not only are the events that unfold extraordinarily convoluted and yet still somehow underdeveloped, a large chunk of said story is outright uninteresting. That all said, there is enough backing Perfect Creature for me to come out of it with a recommendation, even if by the slimmest of margins.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2011
    Perfect Creature was one of those films that I had high hopes for. Unfortunately, I was let down, and left very disappointed in what I saw. The film had the potential something terrific, but instead it's a total mess of a film. The concept of the film, I have say was very good, unfortunately the execution of a good story, never develops and the film is awful. Which, I think is a terrible thing because the idea of the films plot was very original and intriguing. However, the direction the film takes is poor, and director Glen Standring seems like he can't direct anything good about his interesting script. This had to be the most interesting twist on vampire mythology in quite some time, it's a great shame that the cast and plot don't deliver despite the promising idea for the plot. The films problem is that there's a great concept at work here, but everything else is boring, uninteresting and in the end it makes you bored out of your mind. I think Perfect Creature is one of those films of which had the potential of being so much better than what it turned out to be. This just goes to show that when a director with no experience helms a film with a good concept like this, it ends up being a total dud. As a vampire film, Perfect Creature fails despite the good idea for its plot.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2009
    I really thought I would like this. It has a good idea for a story with a vampire race living along side humans in an alternate world. That was one of the let downs as the alternate world is like a mish mash of Victorian times mixed with 60's technology, steam powered cars? Why this setting? Could have been a lot better along the line of Underworld, Equilibrium.....but falls way short.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2009
    It reminded me of Underworld, though the two plots are very different, mainly because the world they create is perhaps the most interesting thing about the film for me. Otherwise, despite the few touching moments I couldn't find any real interest in the plot, or the characters. The one thing that could work when all this fails - the sex appeal - was also absent. Nice idea, shame about the result.
    Kylie B Super Reviewer

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