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Vampires (2010)

  Tags: Belgium, Carlo Ferrante, comedic, Fleur Lise Heuet, foreign, france, Frédérique Broos, french, IFC Midnight, Julien Doré, Left Field Ventures, mockumentary, Pierre Lognay, vampire, Vera Van Dooren, Vincent Lannoo, VOD

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Vincent Lannoo
88 minutes
Carlo Ferrante, Vera Van Dooren, Pierre Lognay, Fleur Lise Heuet, Julien Doré

Vampires is a Belgium mockumentary that revolves around a documentary crew that follow an odd family of bloodsuckers as they detail their lives and reveal the ins and outs of their strict vampire society. This is a film that I seriously wanted to like, but I just could not get into it at all. The concept is great and innovative, but the execution has A LOT of room for improvement and the pacing is set to a crawl and unfortunately never improves.

Described as a "comedy" the movie even failed to get even the slightest chuckle out of me. Sure there were certain scenes or gags that seemed as though they would be funny to some people, but I personally didn't find them or any other aspects of the movie funny at all. Those expecting any kind of standard vamp violence will be sorely disappointed, as well. Aside from one great scene where a group of vampires raid a home and feed off a number of the residents, the remainder of the pic jus has the family talking in front of the camera about how they live and the people in their lives.

I'll admit though, the filmmakers really spent a lot of time creating this interesting underground vampire society, all of which apparently honor a very old and strict code, which will normally result in death if broken. However, unless you follow it thoroughly and invest yourself into these characters, you'll probably end up being bored, as I did. The pacing is the most problematic aspect for me, because it just simply never improves, even after a sudden change of scenery and the introduction and conclusion of certain characters.

This is a film that you'll have to like from the start, because if you can't get into it early on then you'll probably end up spending a majority of the movie checking the running time and wondering when it's finally going to be over. If you're a fan of mockumentaries and a really slow pace is no problem for you, then you may enjoy this, but I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.

Posted on July 4, 2011 - 12:24am | FrighT MasteR