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Strigoi: The Undead

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SPECIAL FEATURES "Lump" - Short Film from Director Faye Jackson Trailer SYNOPSIS Podoleni Village may seem like a typical Eastern European town, but when a young local named Vlad goes searching for his grandfather s runaway dog, he uncovers a mysterious death. As Vlad digs deeper into the possible murder mystery, his trail leads him to the Tirescus an ex-Communist couple who happen to be the richest landowners in town. Though Vlad is determined to confront the Tirescus, his quest takes a sudden detour when he learns that the two bullies may be bloodsuckers in more ways than one... Strigoi: The Undead is a Vampire movie that defies categorization. Shedding a fantastic light on a post-Communist Romanian village, the film introduces us to an ancient myth: Strigoi, the belief that people who ve been wronged can rise again after death to seek justice and satisfy their thirst for blood. A deeply human take on an old horror story, this dark comedy explores the old world versus the new and delves into the heart of modern Romania.


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5.0 out of 5 stars He's not sick. He's dead. Aug. 26 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Currently pop culture is in the middle of a vampire craze, especially if those vampires are sexy. But long ago, vampires were anything but sexy -- they were strigoi.

And those are the kind of vampires that keep popping up in "Strigoi: The Undead," a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy that takes us right back to the origins of vampire myth. Director Faye Jackson weaves together Romanian folklore with a murder plot and lots of dodgy land papers, as well as a heavy dose of morbid humor.

A young almost-doctor named Vlad (Catalin Paraschiv) returns home to the village of Podoleni, to stay with his slightly-crazy grandfather. He soon discovers that the town drunk Florin is dead, and it looks like someone strangled him. But for some reason, everybody in the town claims it was an accident, and most of them have fine new appliances and clothes. Even the priest is close-lipped about it.

Vlad also drops in to ask greedy land-owner Constantin (Constantin Barbulescu) about it... only to find that Constantin and his wife are flushed, growling and ravenously hungry.

Vlad keeps investigating the conspiracy, which seems to involve post-Communism land deals, forgery and corruption. But he doesn't know that bodies are being found drained of blood, and that the village's conspiracy of silence has led to the strigoi's presence. If the killing (and fridge-emptying) is going to stop, Vlad will have to do something himself.

"Strigoi: The Undead" is an odd sort of movie -- it's equal parts gory horror, murder mystery and coming-home-to-find-yourself indie comedy. But the film's real charm is in Faye Jackson's depiction of a traditional Romanian village in the modern age -- think Vlad sauntering forth to slay vampires, while chatting on a cell phone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's not sick. He's dead. July 18 2011
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Currently pop culture is in the middle of a vampire craze, especially if those vampires are sexy. But long ago, vampires were anything but sexy -- they were strigoi.

And those are the kind of vampires that keep popping up in "Strigoi: The Undead," a tongue-in-cheek horror/comedy that takes us right back to the origins of vampire myth. Director Faye Jackson weaves together Romanian folklore with a murder plot and lots of dodgy land papers, as well as a heavy dose of morbid humor.

A young almost-doctor named Vlad (Catalin Paraschiv) returns home to the village of Podoleni, to stay with his slightly-crazy grandfather. He soon discovers that the town drunk Florin is dead, and it looks like someone strangled him. But for some reason, everybody in the town claims it was an accident, and most of them have fine new appliances and clothes. Even the priest is close-lipped about it.

Vlad also drops in to ask greedy land-owner Constantin (Constantin Barbulescu) about it... only to find that Constantin and his wife are flushed, growling and ravenously hungry.

Vlad keeps investigating the conspiracy, which seems to involve post-Communism land deals, forgery and corruption. But he doesn't know that bodies are being found drained of blood, and that the village's conspiracy of silence has led to the strigoi's presence. If the killing (and fridge-emptying) is going to stop, Vlad will have to do something himself.

"Strigoi: The Undead" is an odd sort of movie -- it's equal parts gory horror, murder mystery and coming-home-to-find-yourself indie comedy. But the film's real charm is in Faye Jackson's depiction of a traditional Romanian village in the modern age -- think Vlad sauntering forth to slay vampires, while chatting on a cell phone.

So there's a lot of off-kilter, tongue-in-cheek dialogue ("Do you have any other symptoms... apart from hunger, insomnia and wanting me to stick my finger up your ***?") and funny moments (the villagers almost bury Vlad, thinking he's a strigoi). But there are some deep emotional moments, such as Vlad's grandfather talking about his attachment to the land he had to wrest back from the Communists.

And... it's kind of refreshing to see a movie that dips back into vampire lore, instead of just recycling the same ol' Anne Rice/Dracula/Twilight stuff. These vampires are bloody, ruddy and eat anything they can chew. Including, but not limited to, people.

And Podoleni has a delightfully quirky cast of characters -- the pro-marijuana cop, the guilt-ridden priest, the harried housewife cooking for a ravenous strigoi, and an old man convinced that Communists and/or gypsies are stealing his cigarettes. And Paraschiv's Vlad makes a nice underdog hero -- he's sort of adrift in his own life, feeling like a failure. Nothing like vampires to give your life a little purpose.

"Strigoi: The Undead" is a delicious mix of murder mystery and traditional vampire lore, with plenty of blood, quirkiness and missing dogs. A must-see for fans of the undead!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this movie. Jan. 15 2013
By christopher Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great Vampire movie. It's totally off beat and has a charm and sense of humor that isn't found in most Vampire movies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Sept. 1 2012
By Nawesari - Published on Amazon.com
If you like dark comedies, this is a good choice. It really depicts funny situations, with intelligent dialogues. If you expect a horror movie, just forget about it. This is not it. But if you love smart dark comedy, watch it. You won't regret it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark humor for sure Dec 21 2013
By Kathleen J Hagen - Published on Amazon.com
Liked the movie, loved the soundtrack behind it and would like to find some of the music from this movie. Like the location.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are Vampires just exploitive? Jan. 8 2013
By Jamie G Ritterhouse - Published on Amazon.com
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The grandfather's speech halfway through the movie reveals what this film is really about - watch for it.
The acting is very good, the writing is very funny, and it's refreshing to see a movie shot somewhere other than Southern California-pretending-to-be-somewhere-else.
And watch out for the Gypsies!
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