Thursday, December 10, 2015
Blu-ray Review: CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (2014)
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
Written & Directed by Iván Noel
Distributed by Artsploitation Films
Just when you think you have seen it all in a certain horror sub-genre, a film will come along like a breath of fresh air and totally rejuvenate the film's topic. With CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, the topic is vampires and this film does just that. This is not your typical vampire film by any means. This film focuses on children that have been turned into vampires. Here is the synopsis from the Artsploitation Films website:
A secluded colony of child vampires come under attack from vengeful villagers in this darkly funny horror tale by Argentinean filmmaker Ivan Noel. A journalist visits a secluded orphanage where children suffer from an unknown skin disease. She soon learns that they are in fact not children, but vampires aging from 4 to 120 years old and who have been bitten at an early age and forever remain in that physical state. They are led and protected by a strange and deeply religious ex-nurse whose destiny in life is to find these ‘lost souls’ and raise them in her sanctuary. Through religious teachings, nocturnal rituals and the occasional visit to local towns for fresh human blood, she keeps them safe – that is until a cultish band of men from a nearby village plot to destroy the refuge. Now the children, headed by the 90-year-old grandson of Count Dracula, must defend their way of life.
As I mentioned before, this is a very original take on the vampire film. The film has a very unique and interesting story, with a nice plot twist along the way. While the "children" look like kids, they are actually a variety of ages. It is very interesting to see what looks like such young kids talk about adult things and engage in adult dialog with the journalist. There really isn't much blood and gore in this film, although it is really not needed. This film focuses more on the vampires and this new society that they live in. There are few instances of blood, but don't go into this expecting a vampire bloodbath! Instead, enjoy the interesting story, and what I thought to be some wonderful acting from all those involved. I highly recommend you check this one out.
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films and includes the following special features:
* Director's commentary
* Making of featurette
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD or Blu-ray