DRAWING BLOOD (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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This 1999 release tells the story of Diana, a vampire-cum-artist who uses the blood of her victims to paint their final portraits. Her partner, Edmond, no longer approves of her actions and only 2 days before her art gallery opening decides to leave the fold. You see, Edmond has been supplying our bloodsucker with her “models” and he thinks it’s time to stop the killing. Diana thinks otherwise. Diana hangs the threat of vampirism above Ed’s head and up until now he’s been, if not willing, at least a competent and compliant servant – but no more. Ed has had it and eventually enlists the aid of his friends and father to help do the fang-toothed bitch in.

“Drawing Blood” appears to be the one and only time Sergio Lapel has found his way behind the camera to direct a film and it’s unfortunate too. Lapel displays a fairly good eye for the art of movie making as well as some fine comedic timing. The credit sequence is every bit as stylish as David Fincher (“Se7en,” “Fight Club”) and much of the black humor is as spot-on as John Waters (“Serial Mom,” “Pink Flamingos”). Of course this ultra-low budget exploiter is far from perfect as it bounces haphazardly from art house horror film to trashy comedy to erotic thriller, but overall, Lapel’s directorial debut does well. It’s uneven as hell, but a good time just the same.

Some copies of this Troma DVD contain 2 other features; “Blood Spell” and “Alien Blood”.



Posted on September 18, 2005 in Reviews by
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