EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Chelsey Marie Reist
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
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.
Besides a DVD copy of the
film, you get NOTHING!
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.