Philip Ridley directs Jeremy Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan in this Southern Gothic drama where a young lad’s friends begin to disappear just as he suspects his grieving neighbour of being vampire.
Not the film you were expecting. It is too tart to be the movie anyone might want from all it promises. A queasy mixture of beauty and nasty. Loose, busy with backstory, leaving various characters as dangerous puzzles even at close of play. Hard to make a case that this is entertaining or has anything particularly deep to say but it clearly is a well crafted labour of love. Dick Pope’s cinematography captures the heavenly landscapes and the dusty interiors wonderfully. If you like a David Lynch film or a Andrew Wyeth painting then maybe give it a try.
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