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EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Carl Bessai

Starring:
Sharon Hinnendael
Tiio Horn
C.C. Sheffield
Chelsey Marie Reist
Victor Webster

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Sharon Hinnendael stars as Charlotte, a timid and sheltered teen who has just left an all-girls Catholic school for a new life at a co-ed university. Of course, an ancient and evil vampire has followed her to school, and is plaguing her nightmares. On top of that, she can barely make friends and everyone is incredibly mean to her. What's a girl to do?
Is it good movie?
Perhaps this may be surprising, but I've never actually seen the (supposedly awful) 1995 Alyssa Milano-bad-girl version of this film (I guess she's even naked in it!). When I got a look at the cover for this one, I had to laugh- it looked hilarious. As for how it turned out..well, it was pretty much what I thought it'd be.

Charlotte's our recent high school grad who's nervous about going to university. She's innocent and naive and plagued by awful nightmares (with sexy imagery! ahh!) which sometimes leave her waking up outside her dorm roo. Still though, she manages to befriend her roommate (Kaniehtiio Horn). She even works at a coffee shop where a creepy employee seems to be all up in her area in the worst ways. 
For some odd reason, she even gleans the attention of her mythology professor/fencing instructor.

This isn't to say that things are easy though. Poor Charlotte takes a lot of guff from the people who claim to be her friends (including some hilariously sexy hazing) and no matter what is just seemingly unable to hit her stride. Of course, the nightmares get worse and start creeping into her daily life. They're getting bloodier and sexier and calling her towards the sins of the flesh. Of course, this leads her on that moral path of self-discovery and questions whether or not Charlotte wants to give in to temptation or walk the line of purity. There are plenty of "was that real" moments that never really get explained so if that bugs you, avoid!

This is a fairly typical story, and it won't really shock you to learn that this poor girl is dealing with an ancient vampire (who could it be? is he handsome!?) who's just been lurking in her past for many years. It also shouldn't shock you that this one pretty much qualifies as fairly well-shot softcore porn (maybe not full-on in that designation, but not far off). There's plenty of boobs, lots of groping and even a scene where a couple of ladies get friendly with each other, if you're into that. Some okay effects are present, and the film tries to be decently gory and to some degree succeeds.

So, Embrace of the Vampire's just a fairly straightforward, ho-hum plot that feels super typical. Though there's plenty of nudity and such, it isn't dwelled on in great detail. The acting is pretty sub-par; Hinnendael is a fairly weak lead in comparison to the rest of the cast, though she likely wasn't cast for her acting ability. It's shot decently. I guess ultimately if you read the synopsis and watch the trailer feeling like this is going to be up your alley, it delivers exactly what it promises.
Video / Audio
Video: 1.78.1 widescreen in full 1080p, this one packs a gorgeous, colorful and detailed transfer.

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 is our audio presentation and is quite serviceable. Solid all around.
The Extras
Besides a DVD copy of the film, you get NOTHING!
Last Call
I haven't seen the original so I can't really compare, but if you're looking for a super basic plot with a lot of cute girls taking their clothes off, you'll find it here. This is ultimately totally forgettable, but as far as almost softcore horror goes, this fits the bill.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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