Kiss of The Damned Movie Review

Christopher Horton

It takes a whole lot these days, to get me to even consider watching a vampire film. They have never been a favorite of mine, and lately it seems as if Hollywood has bastardized vampires to the point of near intolerance. Vomit inducing, ridiculous romance nonsense. No-talent, lack of originality. That’s all without adding “Twilight” to the formula. Adding that series is the nail in the coffin for vampire horror…

Sorry for the pun.

What would Vampire society be like in real life? How would they operate? What kind of day jobs would they have?

Sorry………… Night jobs.

Seriously, though. Puns.

I guess all of this is something you wouldn’t usually think of, when viewing a film about vampires. We usually view a world that has our vampires as independently wealthy, sexually deviant creatures of the night. They kill at will, and the body count usually gets pretty serious before our hero steps in. But that would never work in the real world. The everyday reality that you and I exist in, would not be very habitable to those conditions. Can you imagine the social media uproar? Information travels fast! A society of vampires wouldn’t last a second in our Twitter obsessed, connected world.

“Kiss of The Damned” is a well thought-out film. It addresses a whole host of real world problems that vampires would have. There are real consequences to randomly killing humans every night because you are hungry. In the real world, that wouldn’t work. You would be caught rather quickly. Vampires would feel a certain way about their place in society as well.  Would vampire culture sway towards superiority over their human counterparts? Or would they feel like a sub-species?

Those things are all addressed over dinner conversation, in what is probably my favorite scene from the movie.

Alexandra “Xan” Cassavettes manages to make an original vampire film, which is no easy feat. Our story is about an elder vampire named Djuna, who tries her best not to fall in love with a human screenwriter named Paolo. Eventually she turns Paolo, and it seems like they are perfect for one another. However, it is generally frowned upon to turn a human. Poalo manages to warm up to the other vampires, and is accepted into their culture. But when Djuna’s highly unstable sister Mimi shows up, sparks begin to fly not only with Djuna and Paolo, but with all of the other vampires as well.

All of the sets are gorgeous, and Josephine de la Baume is fantastic as Djuna. She’s smart, very sexy, and not at all your typical vampire. Her vast mansion? Its on loan from a friend. Does she kill? Not so much, she is a rehabbed addict. She is lonely, and melancholy until she meets Poalo. Like I’ve said, it’s not your typical vampire movie.

Roxane Mesquida plays the beautiful and disturbed Mimi, and she seems like she really enjoys it. Mimi clearly has no respect for human life, and goes against all of the rules that the group has laid out to protect themselves.

Children of the 80′s will certainly appreciate it. It has the same vibe as “House of the Devil”. Its not set in the 80′s, but it has an overall vibe that leans towards that time. Maybe it’s the way it was shot? There are plenty of beautiful “Kubrik-esque” shots, and overall the film is just subtly beautiful to look at. If I have one gripe, it would be the pacing. The film moves rather slow it seems, but also take into consideration the detail that is involved. It makes sense why it seems so glacial…there’s alot to take in.

This one is definitely worth a watch if you’re tired of the same-old vampire story.

4.5 / 5 stars     


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