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Kiss of the Damned [Blu-ray] [Import]

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: AC-3, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • Release Date: July 23 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Kiss of the Damned [Blu-ray]

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
Format: DVD
Ever since Anne Rice's first novel came out, vampires have become creatures of elegance and romance -- all roses, wine goblets, sensuality and twilit marble mansions.

"Kiss of the Damned" seems to be for those who love such stories of "moral" vampires who live lives of beauty and love, which gives this slow-moving character drama a dreamlike quality. Director Xan Cassavetes has created a truly lovely piece of work, misted over with half-light and soft voices, but the denouement definitely leaves something to be desired.

Young screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) meets a beautiful, exotic woman named Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), and instantly falls in love with her. At first, she seems shy of getting too intimate, and soon reveals why -- she's actually a vampire. But when they sleep together, she ends up drinking his blood and turning him into a vampire.

Paolo quickly moves in with Djuna, and the two of them begin a moonlit romance that can last for all of eternity. But then Djuna's sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) comes to stay with them for a week -- and her mind games and reckless blood-drinking throw their lives into turmoil. As Djuna introduces Paolo to the local circle of vampires, led by the actress Xenia (Anna Mouglalis), Mimi begins destroying their romance.

In many ways, "Kiss of the Damned" is a rather cliched vampire romance -- a vampire loves a mortal so much that she turns him so they can be together forever. Some lip service is paid to how awful it is to be rich, hot and immortal, but there aren't a lot of real problems. And oh yeah, the admirable vampires abstain from human blood.

But Xan Cassavetes wrings every last drop of sensuality from her movie.
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By G. Edmonson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Nov. 1 2015
Format: Blu-ray
"Kiss of the Damned" (2013) was directed by Xan Cassavetes (daughter of John Cassavetes). This movie is a romance story about a man (Paolo) who loves a vampire (Djuna) and is changed into one himself, though when her sister (Mini), who is also a vampire, visits them out on the country estate, chaos ensues. This is a beautifully photographed film that takes its time to set up situations and characters. It's one of the most mature vampire films that I can remember seeing where characters dominate over action.
There are also a number of special features, including interviews with the actors.
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Format: DVD
Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume) is a vampire. She falls in love with Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) and turns him. Wayward sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) comes to visit. Vampires get together and lament about their life blah, blah, blah.

This was pretty standard stuff. Except for the Apple product placement this could have been an Italian 70's film with the acting, scenery and music.

A fair film for vampire lovers.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Roxane Mesquida, Joséphine de La Baume)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Sisters July 2 2016
By Frosty Cold One - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
* Review may contain spoilers if you've never seen a vampire movie *
Boy meets girl, girl bites boy, girl teaches boy the ropes (since Vampirism 101 isn't offered at the community college). There's actually much more to it than that, but nothing particularly groundbreaking here; still, it's well worth watching if you're a vampire enthusiast. Stuff to know going in:

🌙 Kiss of the Damned begins like a Harlequin Romance and ends like one, but there's a fair amount of blood in the middle.
🌙 Told from the point of view of vampires, yet with *no flashbacks* to previous centuries.
🌙 The mostly unconventional soundtrack / incidental music is varied, fitting, generally sharp, and even may have been influenced by the use of the groundbreaking "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (Bauhaus) in 1983's The Hunger.
🌙 The dialogue is not memorable but has its moments. The philosophical conversation at a formal party helps raise this above a simple Hammer film.
🌙 Female director Xan Cassavetes is at the helm.
🌙 Despite being shot in the States, it features three French actresses (Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis), which effectively sent my brain straight into ecstasy mode.
🌙 So that's where Peter Petrelli has been! (underneath and on top of attractive vampires, but mostly underneath)
🌙 There's a vampire rehab in Phoenix, AZ (who'd a thunk it?)
🌙 The scene at the end where the maid lights a cigarette is one of those quiet brilliant moments among vampire flicks.

I wasn't blown away, but Kiss of the Damned kept me engaged throughout, if for no other reasons than Joséphine de La Baume and Roxane Mesquida.

Blu-ray extras (bonus/special features)
- Commentary track with Xan Cassavetes
- Separate interviews with Joséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Xan Cassavetes, and *two* with Roxane Mesquida (although you need only watch one of the two since Roxane states mostly the same things in both).
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star Oct. 19 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It really doesnt deserve a star just being nice
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss of the Damned April 2 2013
By Graham Swearingen - Published on
Kiss of the Damned pays homage to Italian horror cinema and Hammer Horror films of the 1970's, minus a lot of the cheesy qualities that plagued some of those films, most of which were due to budget restraints. This film doesn't boast a huge budget either, but clearly director Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes knows how to effectively spend that small budget. No doubt her famous families background in cinema has given her the necessary tools to be a talented director in her own right. Her brother Nick Cassavetes directed Alpha Dog and the Notebook, her father was Guy Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby, and she has previously made a documentary, but her Silver Screen directorial debut is impressive.

Albeit a vampire movie, it is a quintessential vampire movie, sticking to the traditional mythos that horror fans have come to expect. None of this Twilight nonsense of sparkling in daylight and playing baseball. Kiss of the Damned vampires are brooding, sad and sexy. This films oozes sexuality, as it should. In sticking to the source material of Bram Stoker's Dracula, vampire stories should be a love story at the core, sensual, provocative, intense, sad and dark. This movie is all of those things, so in regards to being a traditional vampire story , it is one. Some may be displeased that this story doesn't push the envelope or tell a story we haven't really seen before, I personally don't mind. Vampires aren't real, you can really only do so much with vampire stories and they have kind of all been done already.

Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Rocky Balboa) as Paolo gives a strong performance as he usually does, and has great chemistry with the female lead Josephine de La Baume as Djuna (Johnny English Reborn, Boogie Woogie). She is incredibly sexy, and plays a very provocative and enticing mistress of the dark. The relationship between the two is magnetic and enjoyable to watch. Roxane Mesquida (Rubber, The Last Mistress) as Mimi is an excellent complication for these two and their new found love for one another. The movie as a whole is enjoyable to watch (if you like hot female nudity and bloody gore, this is the best I've seen in a vampire movie in awhile, rivaling maybe only the HBO series True Blood) especially because of the superb Cinematography. Tobias Datum (with a long list of credits, this being his biggest feature to date) does an immaculate job setting up shot compositions and executing technical skill that most American movies lack. This movie looks foreign and old, only in the sense of camera movement. There are forced zooms and push ins that haven't really been utilized in cinema since the `70's that work brilliantly in this film. If I believed in the Oscars bulls***, Tobias should be nominated for best Cinematographer. The soundtrack for this movie is great as well. I was very pleased that the songs used in the trailer for this movie are actually in the film as well, which is rarely done. "Wucan" by Black Mountain is the most prominent song in the trailer and is displayed in a cool way in the film. Most aspects of this film work really well and are a welcome refreshment from a genre that has been plagued with too many failures in the last decade.

If you like Hammer Horror films, traditional vampire films, True Blood, hot female nudity, and intense love stories with a bumpy road ahead of them, this is something you'll most likely enjoy. I have to note that I think some people may have a problem with the frenetic editing and somewhat slow pacing. Like I said, this feels like a foreign film, no fast paced action or quick moving story that beats one over the head. Perhaps that for me, is part of the charm of this movie. And I don't doubt that some will have a problem with the denouement, but I liked it, and you may too. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Damned Awesome April 27 2013
By lazytime - Published on
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I saw a trailer for this in a theater and turned to my friend and said, "This looks awful, but I would totally watch it." Then I found out it was written and directed by a daughter of John Cassavetes and it was available on demand, so I was intrigued and took a chance. Definitely the best vampire movie I've seen in a long time, stylish and less goofy than the trailer suggests. Retro and smart, glamorous and gritty, very satisfying.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy vampire film steeped in tropes June 5 2016
By titania86 - Published on
Format: DVD
Paolo is a writer who moved to a remote location in order to focus on his work. He meet Djuna, a recluse with an allergy to sunlight, and they fall in love. After convincing and near death experiences on his part, he convinces her to turn him into a vampire so they can be together forever and then chaos ensues when her little sister Mimi returns from Europe.

Kiss of the Damned doesn't do anything revolutionary in the vampire genre, but it's watchable. It's a typical sexy vampire movie with the same tropes, but there hasn't been many films like this in the last decade targeted towards adults. The romance between Paolo and Djuna was sweet and featured some unexpected moments. I even liked the vampire world beneath our own populated with artists who deny themselves human blood in order to fit in to human society.

The film takes a pretty sharp downturn when Djuna's sister Mimi comes to stay with them. Not only is Roxane Mesquida unconvincing in the role, but the character is simply unlikeable. She seems to be trying way too hard to be evil. Maybe if she had more charisma, she could be the person you love to hate, but she was so bland and annoying. The ending is satisfying after all the chaos she caused. Overall, it's an enjoyable watch that stays in the established tropes of the genre.

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