VAMPIRE (2011) – Review

VAMPIRE © Iwai Shunji

They’re dying to keep him alive.

Iwai Shunji‘s VAMPIRE is an artistic take on vampire films with beautiful imagery and haunting music. Unfortunately, this does little to plug the many holes in the story, ill-developed characters, and overall viewing awkwardness. Kevin Zegers, however, is an excellent choice for a vampire–the guy is hot. But also, that, he is just too good an actor to be caught “dead” in a shallow film. The vampire starts off as an intriguingly unusual concept for a movie. As the story progressed, it ended up, well, sucking. Pun intended.

Simon Williams (Zegers) is this sexy high school biology teacher who has a dark secret–he is a daywalker (i.e. vampire). He trolls on Internet websites and forums searching for “attractive” young women who wish to commit suicide. Well, his gig is that he also intends to kill herself, and their meeting exchanges amount to nothing more than an agreement for him–the women become his source of nourishment and survival.As you all may very well know, a strange form of romanticism exists between the vampire and his victims. Vampires seem to care for their cattle, and it may just be because they are considered to be a vital food source. However, Professor Simon has a personally special

As you may have guessed, a strange form of romanticism exists between the vampire and his victims. Vampires seem to care for their cattle, and it may just be because they are considered to be a vital food source. However, Professor Simon has a personally special je ne sais quoi about him. The film does not elaborate why these sad and lonely women wish to commit suicide. Only Ladybird (Adelaide Clemens) proved to be the most in-depth female character–the reason she is grieving comes much later in the film. So I will not risk too many spoilers.

It bothers me that Professor Simon would keep his mother Helga (Amanda Plummer), who suffers from Alzheimer’s, locked up in the house. I would think he would turn her as a possible way to cure her according to the laws of a faux movie science. Plummer’s character, though well acted, did not contribute to the overall story. There are quite a few random character appearances throughout the film that just did not pair well in any scene. For example, there is this straight-up nut job by the name of Renfield (Trevor Morgan) that randomly picks up women in his cab only to suffocate them just so he could…well, he is a necrophiliac. Why is this an important character quality in the movie? Necrophilia is a total misuse of the “Renfield” character persona.

To further digress–there are one too many poorly shot camera angles, and I just could not “get with” the philosophical “life and death” perspective of the story. It is a shame. The vampire had the potential for being a casually entertaining flick.

The DVD features for Iwai Shunji’s VAMPIRE include closed captions for English with English and Spanish Subtitles. DVD format 16×9 widescreen (1.78:1). 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. In addition to a fantastic trailer gallery.

Art and supplementary materials courtesy ©2013 of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. All rights are reserved. 

VAMPIRE
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  • Rated 2.5 stars
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Review Summary:

A biology teacher looks for young suicidal women online to satisfy his taste for blood. Rather than violent, his acts are quite peaceful and always consented.

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