By Al Kratina
July 6, 2007 - 18:13
2007, New Zealand
Starring: Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Leo Gregory, Scott Willis
Directed by: Glenn Standring
Written by: Glenn Standring
Producer: Michael Cowan, Russel Fischer, Jason Piette, Tim Sanders, Haneet Vaswani
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Rating: Rated R for violence and gore, and for language.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Remember when vampires were scary? Neither do I, really. A combination of Anne Rice and successively more opulent Bram Stoker adaptations have transformed pop-culture vampires from the horrific undead monsters of myth to dandies and metrosexuals who are more likely to carry a silk handkerchief and a walking stick than a virulent bloodsucking plague. The whole top hat and cloak thing is not quite as terrifying nowadays as it may have been in Victorian England; I want to be scared of dying, not of losing first place in the Comic Con Masquerade. But at the very least, the guy dressed like Little Lord Fauntleroy in Interview With The Vampire ate people. The vampires in Perfect Creature, which had its Canadian Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival last evening, do not. In an alternate version of 1960s Earth, vampires have co-existed peacefully with humans for hundreds of years, acting as their protectors and guardians, and forming a religious organization known as the Brotherhood. This, to say the least, is not terrifying. It’s not even very interesting. It’s just inverting a pre-existing notion and expecting that novelty to carry the film, like making a movie about the Empire State building being scaled by Paddington Bear, who then has tea and a light lunch with Fay Wray before going home to watch re-runs of Friends.
Perfect Creature screening was hosted by director/screenwriter Glenn Standring, and was preceded by director Jonathan Budine’s Take Out, a short, simple film that consists of 4 minutes and an amusing punchline.
Rating: 5 on 10