Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
and Rachel Waters
What's it about
After a heavy night out with the girls, Isabel, and attractive young professional woman catches an illegal mini-cab home. Things take a turn for the worse when the cabbie pulls her into an ally and violently forces himself onto her, taking her life. From high above on the rooftop, an ancient female Vampire notices. Taken in by Isabel's beauty and innocence, she dispatches the Cabbie and feeds Isabel a drop of her immortal blood. Isabel awakes with 48 hours to decide whether to embrace immortality, or kill herself before she becomes undead.
Is it good movie?
Hey, did you know that vampires are super cool right now? Well now England's checking in with a low-budget vampire flick called Temptation. The general premise of the film is that being a vampire really isn't all fun and games as some films make it out to be. Think of the agony of some of the characters of Interview with the Vampire and you'll get what I mean- is immortality really something that we want? Isabel has the choice to kill herself or become a vampire and she only has 48 hours to do so.
I give this movie some props to approach this lore at least somewhat intelligently. Caroline Haine's performance as Isabel really anchors the film and gives it a lot of legitimacy during the film's first half where she must convince us about what's going on in her life as the changes begin to take place. The movie moves along quite briskly during the first part, but then it hits a snag.
When the rescue vampire Aurelie and her group of she-suckers show up, things take a sharp turn to the cheesy and don't really look back. You see at this point, the movie takes a quick nosedive into lesbian vampire territory. What started off as a promising and relatively engaging vampire flick turns quickly into this bland, predictable sort of softcore porn that really throws the proceedings off. It adds nothing to the story and completely changes the dynamic of the film.
Don't get me wrong- I don't mind lesbian boobs in my movies- but with that said, things were coming off somewhat genuine and earnest at the start and then became just another bloodlust vampire flick. You can certainly watch the film, but it becomes disposable fluff after a short amount of time rather than anything with weight to it. The whole thing just ends up feeling generic, and serves more as a quick fix for those looking for some softcore vampire boobage and a rehash of stuff you've seen before.
Video / Audio
There's really not a lot for me to say here. Looking and feeling like a low budget film, Temptation never surpasses its original ideas, instead abandoning them for some trite 'same old' stuff. It has some gore and some boobs but not enough plot to keep your attention throughout the film.