Summer of Blood (2014)
Summer of Blood (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Summer of Blood
If Summer of Blood is initially hard to take, the endlessly chatty Erik eventually becomes a walking gag in his own right, and its one-note charm takes hold.
It's all mellowly funny rather than creepy, something like a stand-up conceit elaborated into scenes. But who would want to be stuck with this running monologue for eternity?
Any 30 minutes of Summer of Blood might have me in hysterics. But the sputtering torrent of Eric's yakking proves wearying over 90: Dude's built for speed-dating.
The vestigial desolation of urban waste spaces is nearly a character in the antic action; when the story's gears grind, Tukel gives it a metaphysical kick that lends its final arc an eerie spin.
I admire the DIY spirit, but Summer of Blood feels like a bit of a compromise.
Audience Reviews for Summer of Blood
I wouldn't call this a conventionally funny movie, in the sense that the film isn't a laugh a minute indie comedy. It's mostly a cynical, misanthropic character study of this man who's oblivious to the fact that everyone around him thinks he's a dick. Whether it's due to his obliviousness regarding everything, or the fact he doesn't take anything seriously, his somewhat unintentional misogynistic viewpoints, it's kinda hard to like this man, for the most part. The film has kind of a hipster feel and tone as to how the story plays out and how talky it is. Because of that, the dialogue-heavy, droll writing, some people will absolutely detest this movie. Can't say that I blame them, this style is more of an acquired taste but I like to keep my mind open. I don't like to dismiss movies just based on whether or not I like the style of writing, cinematography, or acting. A good movie is a good movie and that is all I care about to be honest. Of course, I wouldn't say that this is a good movie at all. The idea of taking vampire tropes and turning them upside down in this indie setting is a good idea. I just found that the movie is a little bit all over the place without a real strong narrative tying all of it together. It certainly tries as Erik, the protagonist, once he turns into a vampire, realizes that he wants all of the things that he was afraid of at the beginning. He also realizes that being a vampire kinda sucks. While it has its benefits, to him, at first. He starts to grow tired of it and wishes to find a way to get rid of it. Erik's ways starts to change as he begins to appreciate what he had with his ex-girlfriend and what he can do to regain that. It's ok, but I don't think it's strong. I think the film is a little bit disjointed and uneven at times. If it focused strongly on this aspect of the character, it would've been better. It's not that the movie doesn't try, it's just that it doesn't do so successfully. The funny has some funny lines, but there's nothing really laugh out loud here, at least to me. There's a funny moment of Erik and the dude that bit him who, on the sidewalk, share a drink of blood from this dude all the while they're having a very casual conversation. It's not hilarious, but it is amusing nonetheless. The acting is fairly decent all things considered. It fits the style perfectly, so nothing to complain about there. I wouldn't really recommend this movie to everybody, it really is an acquired taste, but I think it offers a fairly unique view at the vampire genre. So, at the very least, you get that. It might not be good or anything, but at least it tries to do something different. Average movie at best. Won't miss anything if you decide to skip this.
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