Wednesday, January 22, 2014
DVD Review: SANGUIVOROUS
Directed by Naoki Yoshimoto
Distributed by MVD Entertainment Group
I am a huge fan of Japanese horror films, and I do enjoy a good vampire flick from time to time, so I was very intrigued when I heard about the film SANGUIVOROUS. It looked very interesting from the trailer, but as a full movie, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed.
Here is the basic plot of the film from the MVD website:
It incorporates a physical acting style that draws heavily from butoh, a form of Japanese dance. A young woman suffering strange hallucinations and physical ailments discovers that she is the descendant of an ancient line of European vampires, and she and her boyfriend are soon captured by older vampires and drawn into the darkness.
This is one of the strangest films I have seen in a long time. I really am having a hard time thinking of how to review this one, because it was just so weird. I can't say I liked it, but I didn't hate it either. There are good parts and bad parts to this film, but most of it is just....too strange to even classify. The film is basically a silent film, done in a very art house style. There is some dialog, but most the time the viewer is just hit with crazy visuals and sounds. The film is mostly black and white, with some parts looking old, like Nosferatu old, and some parts looking much more modern. The mixture of looks and style throughout the film is very strange to say the least.
I think this would have made a great short film, I think trying to stretch it out to a full length feature run time was too much. A lot of the scenes started to feel repetitive to me.
I'm not sure if I can really recommend this one or not. You might need to watch this and see for yourself and see what you think. Is this film so well made it is a brilliant, or is it so poorly made it is awful? I really don't know! Maybe I just didn't get it. If you have seen this film, please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the movie. I am very interested to hear some other opinions on this one.
SANGUIVOROUS is available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment.
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD