Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Fleur Lise Heuet
Vera Van Dooren
What's it about
A documentary crew is following around a family- a Mom and Dad with two kids. Catch here is that they're honest-to-goodness vampires. They're like us though, a 'normal' family.
Is it good movie?
Wow, this was a great film. Vampires is a dark, humorous pseudo-documentary that will definitely get you thinking. From the moment you're introduced to the family, you'll be under the spell of the film as it feels honest and compelling from the outset.
Georges and Bertha live with their two kids Samson and Grace in Belgium. They love their socially-supported life, and enjoy gnawing on border jumpers (they keep them penned up behind their house) and old ladies of the night, and socially catching up with other vampires in the hood. This isn't played for laughs; this is how the family survives.
Of course, there's some dysfunction. Daughter Grace is going through her painful teenager phase, and is constantly trying to commit suicide. Of course, I don't mean she's threatening it; she literally kills herself several times throughout the film. She hates being a vampire and she'd be alright if she weren't so damned immortal. She spends her time filing down her teeth and tanning, that poor girl.
The family also houses a childless vampire couple in their basement, as according to vampire code they cannot have their own place without having kids. The vampire code is really interesting and we learn more and more about it as the movie goes on. Lots of interesting, quirky and non-traditional lore made up for this one. Realistic and a great thread to learn more about as the film goes on.
The comedic, awkward goof of a son Samson gets caught sticking his main fang (Iím being coy here) in the vampire leader's wife. This leads to the family getting exiled from Belgium and shipped to Canada.
Vampires is a different sort of flick that isn't exactly a horror movie. It is a smart film with a smart script that is jammed full of social criticism and smart dialogue. Sure, there's some flesh getting torn up here but this isn't exactly the point. There's a really memorable night vision scene that will get your blood pumping.
If I had any complaints, it would be that the movie seems to be a little uneven in terms of humor and tone at times, but this is a small complaint. The film actually has a great plot (not often discussed these days, am I right?), is well acted and creates memorable characters inhabiting a well fleshed-out world.
Video / Audio
As I said previously, I really enjoyed Vampires. The film is jammed full of black humor and some decidedly adult taboos like incest and pedophilia. The humor might be more prevalent in the first half of the film, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't take advantage of it right away. It's funny, it's well acted, and it's different. I'm not even sure my review does it proper justice, just see it because Twilight exists and makes a ton of money- this deserves a bit to bring forth interesting vamp stories.