Friday, March 9, 2018

ME AND MY CAT MINI REVIEW: Kiss Of The Damned (2012)

This is a Xan Casavetes film, she wrote and directed it. She is the daughter of the late actor and filmmaker of note John Cassavetes (see Rosemary's Baby) and actress Gena Rowlands--just for the record.  I mention it only because people will expect her to me a powerhouse in the business.  This film, however, is a little independent number, clearly made with a lot of craft and care.  It has a decent little love story line (I don't mean to be condescending here, but we kinda like our vamp flicks pretty damn gory...think 30 Day of Night) and is shot very well! Cinematographer Tobias Datum did a lovely job! My only complaint with the film is the music.  Not the music unto itself, just the manner in which it's employed.  There are definitely some spots that would have benefited from having no background score at all.  It would have made other uses of music, such as few very nicely selected needle-drops, more effective.  There are places where I was distracted completely by what was going on by "musical interruption."  The over-all score by Steven Hufsteter (who has worked with Robert Rodriguez) is also very likeable--it's almost retro; it's the sort of music one would expect to find in an early 1970's vampire film like Hammer's The Vampire Lovers.  This is part of the reason that a little less use of music in some places would have been appreciated.  Overall a great little independent vampire flick, handmade with a great deal of love! Weena gave it one paw of approval.

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