"Damned soul or not, we all need love"
"Kiss of the Damned" is a rather warm vampire-horror film showing the living that even the dead desire to feel the chilling embrace of a loved one. Josephine De La Baume takes the reins in her lead as Djuna, a sexy, but very lonely vampire who stumbles on Mr. Right during a late night movie run. There's only one problem though. He's still Alive! What makes "Kiss of the Damned" a quality film to stand out from all the others is the fact that it doesn't focus on brute horror to sell the story. "Kiss of the Damned" places it's center in the dramatization of how an affair with a vampire might occur in real life. Now let us Unhinge this "Dead Love".
"Kiss of the Damned" begins, by introducing us to the main character, Djuna. Djuna is an attractive dead woman(lol) that lives a solitary life with the exception of spending a few brief moments amongst the living. Somewhere during one of her late night parades throughout the town, she encounters an attractive man named, Paolo(Ventimiglia). Paolo is a writer and very much a recluse himself, especially when he's attempting to create or find inspiration for new material. So the likeliness of the two crossing paths in a movie rental store is fortuitous or as some will say destiny.
From the moment the two spirits lock eyes there's instant attraction. You know the feeling you get when your getting gas at the pump and that guy/girl walks past you and you get butterflies in your stomach. Or better yet, when instead of walking past, you lock eyes and instantly feel that surge of electric attraction. That's what these two feel as they stare at each other in the rental store, both with curious hot and heavy gazes. It's so hot, that Djuna bolts for the door, but as we all know, most relationships involve a little game of cat and mouse at some point. So when Paolo follows in behind, we were not surprised in the slightest that he dared to explore this magnetic chemistry.
Now here's where the story gets interesting. As the two spend more time together, their increasing desire to be with one another becomes almost too much for Djuna to bear. After all she is a dead vampire and Paolo is a living, breathing man! How can this even remotely work? Especially when only a steamy smooch has her fangs to ready to pop out of her icy mouth. So what will Djuna do? Will she let Paolo in to find out who she really is or will she abandon all feminine desires within her dead cold body?
We thoroughly enjoyed this film, as it shows themes we can all identify with such as family dynamics and the battle of addiction that lies within the deepest of holes. There's also plenty of manipulation to be had from Djuna's extended family of blood suckers, especially with her sister Mimi(Mesquida)'s roaming eyes and cunning tongue.
One more point we must mention about the film is that it was refreshing to see females taking the lead in a movie such as this. More often than not, we tend to see males being the blood thirsty vampires having their pick of women, but in "Kiss of the Damned" that wasn't the case at all. It's a film with vampires yes, but they have feelings and emotions which adds to the intrigue of the presentation. Feeling without a heartbeat. Now, let that sink in a bit.
We recommend this film for lovers of the dead because it adds a little warmth to the cold death that awaits in the fangs of a vampire.
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