Director: Xan Cassavetes
Starring: Josephine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport
Her love will never die
Paulo has found a woman that he is falling more and more in love with, even if she is rejecting his attention at first. His love interest Djuna has a dark and bloodthirsty secret… she is a vampire. A vampire that tries her best to not live on the blood of humans, but rather take the life of animals instead.
She cannot reject her own lust for Paulo and after a while they become a couple. A living man and an undead woman. Their new life together is filled with steamy sex and love, until Djuna’s devilish sister Mimi decides to drop by and change the life of the happy couple forever.
From what I had read before watching Kiss of the Damned, it was supposed to be a very sexy vampire film in the same vein as the 70’s Jean Rollin flicks. So what I expected going in to this was exactly that, a sexy and stylish vampire film. I guess it does succeed in the visual department and some hot stuff in it, but it was honestly not a very fun experience.
The story in this was just plain boring and failed to even start an interest for me. It just feels like there is nothing new to be found in this film and if you have seen plenty of vampire films from the past then you will have trouble finding anything original in this film. And while the films of Jean Rollin isn’t exactly fast paces films with plenty of action, I still feel that this film is slower than most of his outputs, or perhaps just less interesting.
I guess it is still nice to see a more adult vampire film considering how the subgenre has either gone into teen films such as Twilight or have become more action oriented as in the Blade films and John Carpenter’s Vampires as there is still enough space in the modern-day for more erotic vampire films, but I didn’t find the sex scenes to be that great either.
The two main females of the film, Josephine de La Baume and Roxane Mesquida, both look great and have probably been models before entering the movie industry. And I’m sure Milo Ventimiglia has looks that female viewers will approve of, but even so I didn’t feel that much of the chemistry between the actors in the love scenes for some reason. I know others have praised these scenes as being the best in the film, but I guess they just failed to connect with me.
Kiss of the Damned is the first feature film by Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of fellow movie maker John Cassavetes, and while it does show that Xan has knowledge of this genre, she still needs to work more on her screenwriting abilities in order to impress me. The film is not bad by any means, but there is just not anything in it that would make me recommend anyone else to check it out either.