Review: Kiss of the Damned / Cert: 18 / Director: Xan Cassavetes / Screenplay: Xan Cassavetes / Starring: Josephine de la Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rappaport / Release Date: January 27th, 2014
Kiss of the Damned is the first feature film from Xan Cassavetes, daughter of Hollywood legend John, following her 2006 documentary, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession. Here we have a vampire movie that harks back to the Gothic romances of yesteryear; stylish tension, splatter and sex are the orders of the day.
The story of Kiss of the Damned revolves around Djuna (de la Baume) and Paolo (Ventimiglia). Djuna is a vampire who does her best to resist the sexual advances of Paolo, knowing that she can’t allow him to get too close for fear of her urges getting the better of her. With some assurance from Paolo that he’s ready for what’s to come, Djuna gives into her deepest instincts and leaves her beau with a love bite that’s sure to sting. As a result, Paolo becomes a vampire and the pair plan to see out immortality together. Being the well-meaning, none-threatening vamps that they are, they also look to assuage their baser instincts by harvesting blood from animals rather than attacking humans. Surely that’s worth some brownie points, right?
As ever, the couple’s bliss cannot last forever, and their world is brought to a standstill by the arrival of Djuna’s sexually charged (isn’t everyone in this movie?) sister, Mimi (Mesquida).
For the full review of this stylish, gothic vamp tale, head over to Starburst Magazine.