‘Kiss Of The Damned’ is the kind of vampire love story that us horror fans can appreciate. It doesn’t treat things like a teeny bopper film and it properly details what would be likely to happen assuming things such as vampires were real, and if such a situation as this were to occur. ‘Kiss Of The Damned’ marks the directorial debut of Xan Cassavetes (who also wrote the film) and she does a pretty decent job of keeping everything moving at a smooth place, and the proper amount of foreshadowing and character development needed to make a film such as this work. The focus of the film is certainly the romance factor, and while the gore is not excessive, it’s quite a beautifully done film.
The first thing I would like to mention is the film’s score. I truly don’t think I would have enjoyed this film nearly as much as I did if not for the phenomenal score. While the film is certainly not without a few flaws, it is a very well done and emotional film, though the score truly enhances that experience more than most films. The only issues I found with the film were some of the actions in which certain characters would take. People seemed to accept things too easily, and not use any common sense even after questionable things had previously occurred and one could still easily walk away from the whole thing. I realize that is an extremely vague description, but as I watched this film without any knowledge of the plot or having seen any trailers, I don’t want to to ruin the experience for anyone else who might being doing the same.
The casting in this one was unfortunately a little hit or miss. Certain people such as Milo Ventimiglia did a phenomenal job. If you have seen the film ‘The Divide’ you will be familiar with what a tremendous actor Milo Ventimiglia truly is, though sadly most will probably know him best from his role as Peter Petrelli on the series ‘Heroes.’ The film also features a supporting role by Michael Rapaport which was a treat as I have always been a fan of his and unfortunately don’t see him in nearly enough these days. A number of the other performances were far less impressive. I personally found the actress who played the ‘troubled sister’ (forgive me as I can’t seem to find the actress’ name) role to be quite unbearable, and unfortunately one factor that seemed to hurt the film overall.
The scenery is impressive, the score is phenomenal (as previously mentioned) and the film overall is a pretty quiet, eerie and well composed vampire love story. If you have the chance to check out ‘Kiss Of The Damned’ I would recommend giving it a shot.
‘Kiss Of The Damned’ is now available on VOD and will hit limited theaters on May 3 via Magnet Releasing.