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Kiss of the Damned (2012)

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The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

Director:

Xan Cassavetes

Writer:

Xan Cassavetes
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joséphine de La Baume ... Djuna
Roxane Mesquida ... Mimi
Milo Ventimiglia ... Paolo
Caitlin Keats ... Rebecca
Anna Mouglalis ... Xenia
Ashley Munns Ashley Munns ... Cashier
Michael Rapaport ... Ben
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Irene
Dana O'Keefe Dana O'Keefe ... Dead College Student
Juan Mateo Mazara Juan Mateo Mazara ... Foreman
Jon Newport Jon Newport ... Club Friend
Luis Gispert Luis Gispert ... Omar
Jefferson Bjoraker Jefferson Bjoraker ... Jefferson
Stephen Winter Stephen Winter ... Winter
Jay Brannan ... Hans
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Storyline

In the countryside near to New York, Djuna lives alone with her housemaid Irene in a manor that belongs to her friend Xenia. When she meets the screenwriter Paolo at a video rental store, they immediately fall in love with each other. However, Djuna discloses to Paolo that she is a vampire and while making love, she turns him into one. Paolo moves to her house and they happily live together. Out of the blue, her wicked and troublemaker sister Mimi appears to stay for a week with them, turning their lives upside-down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Her Love Will Never Die.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elátkozottak csókja See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723, 5 May 2013

Gross USA:

$14,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,752
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Xan Cassavetes was inspired by vampire gothic horror movies from the 70s to do this film. See more »

Connections

Features Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953) See more »

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Suspicious Drone
Written by Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty
Performed by Demdike Stare
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An excessively low IMDb rating.
31 March 2013 | by beanofdoomSee all my reviews

At the time that I am writing this review, this movie has an abysmal rating on IMDb (less than five stars).

If IMDb were a room full of people with exceptional taste, I guess I would understand why. The movie is thoroughly derivative; it tries a little too hard. I get the feeling that it's supposed to be a 'Hunger' for the modern era, moody and atmospheric-- they've even traded the classical and operatic soundtrack for haze-scene and low key beats looped with synth harpsichord melodies -- and yes, sometimes it falls a bit short and comes off amateurish.

But IMDb is not a room full of people with taste, so I don't get it. There so many movies on this site with absolutely no redeeming value that have ridiculously high ratings. This movie, while not art, did try; it never came off heavy handed, overall it was approachable, and entertaining. I keep asking myself what about it is causing people to react so negatively; the only thing I can figure is that perhaps the vampire crowd are portrayed as too cultured or something, I don't know.

Ultimately I guess I'm writing this review for people like me, those who put a lot (perhaps too much) stock in IMDb ratings. As a fan of films like The Hunger and the whole 'artsy, excessively classy but tortured immortal' cliché I can honestly tell you that I didn't think this film was an utter waste of time (at least no more so than many other movies). It was a perfectly fine hour and a half spent on a rainy afternoon.

I find its current rating a bit unfair.


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