|Ratings||UK: 15, USA:|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Starring||Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Leo Gregory, Scott Wills,|
|Ratings||IMDb: 5.4 by 5,280. Rotten Tomatoes: No score (only three reviewers, one of whom had obviously reviewed the wrong film)|
Elevator Pitch: In an alternative 1960s New Zealand humans and vampires (a small group of superior beings known as the brothers), live in harmony. Although the vampires live for hundreds of years, they have a problem in that there have been no new births for ages. The humans also have a problem in that there is a flu epidemic and vaccine is in short supply. But both groups are faced with a greater problem when a vampire begins to kill humans and also finds other means of driving them to madness. In order to apprehend the perpetrator a senior Brother, Silas, must get together with Lilly, a human detective, but they find that they have feelings for each other, going beyond their professional relationship.
Content: There is no sex or nudity (despite what one of the reviewers says). There is some drinking of blood in the manner in which wine would be consumed. This is pretty good steam punk and a lot of time is spent setting up the environment, in which the cars could well actually be powered by steam. It is dark for much of the time and there is a lot of creeping about. Eric the predatory vampire bites people and kills them, and when he is captured he his held by skewering him with steel rods. But he gets away. He also squirts blood from a tube into the mouths of apparently willing humans.
A View: This was quite an expensive film which in the end was a financial disaster. There are unanswered questions, such as why there was no critics screening, and why were there virtually no reviews? This might be another case of writer/director failings. If you are going to pay a writer and a director, why not get both. Anyway, too much stumbling about in the dark for me, and really a very complex plot with too much input resulting in we viewers having more questions than answers. But if you are a vampire fan, maybe a watch for nothing.
Additional Info: The human detectives firearms were admired by someone who identified them as WWII Japanese Nambu semi-automatic pistols, and German “Broomhandle” Mausers.