Embrace of the Vampire is a 2013 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Carl Bessai from a screenplay by Andrew C. Erin (director of Havenhurst), Alan Mruvka and Sheldon Roper.
It is a remake of the 1995 film of the same name, although reviewers have also noted its similarity to Black Swan. It was released on October 15, 2013 direct to video in the United States by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The movie stars Sharon Hinnendael (Nightfall), Kaniehtiio Horn (Possessor; Death Wish 2018; Mohawk; The Theatre Bizarre), C.C. Sheffield (No Tell Motel), Chelsey Reist, Victor Webster (Wishmaster 4; Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Gators; Fun Size Horror: Volume One), Robert Moloney (Disturbing Behavior; The New Addams Family; Bates Motel), Ryan Kennedy (Blade: The Series; Ogre), Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2; Bates Motel; Dead Rising: Watchtower), Olivia Cheng, Claire Smithies, Sarah Grey.
Charlotte (Sharon Hinnendael) is a timid and sheltered teen who has just left an all-girls Catholic school for a new life at a co-ed university with a fencing scholarship.
However, an ancient evil has followed her here, tormenting her with disturbing nightmares and tempting her with forbidden desires. It is a hunger that can only be satiated by sensual pleasures of the flesh… and a thirst for blood. It’s a battle for her soul… and one she’s losing.
Nonetheless, Charlotte is a fighter. The chaos and torment threaten to unleash her own inner beast, and anyone even close to her may find themselves embracing their own horrific fate…
” …Embrace of the Vampire may be best enjoyed with the old brain mechanism turned completely off. In spite of its setting in the academic world, this film is hardly an intellectual pursuit, not that very many people might make that mistake to begin with. Certainly Embrace of the Vampire isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, but it’s hardly an evening at the ballet, either.” Pop Matters
“The acting is fair enough – with Sharon Hinnendael convincingly repressed as Charlotte. It perhaps needed a little tightening in the script, there is nothing definitive but it all felt a little loose and takes a while to get where it is going. That said it hangs together much better than the original film … All in all not bad.” Taliesin Meets the Vampires
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“If you like B-grade vampire movies, this one’s pretty well done, and it’s definitely a better film than the original.” Cinema Sentries
Cast and characters:
Sharon Hinnendael … Charlotte Hawthorn
Kaniehtiio Horn … Nicole (as Tiio Horn)
C.C. Sheffield … Eliza
Chelsey Reist … Sarah Campbell (as Chelsey Marie Reist)
Victor Webster … Professor Cole / Stefan
Robert Moloney … Doctor John Duncan
Ryan Kennedy … Chris
Keegan Connor Tracy … Daciana
Olivia Cheng … Kelly
Claire Smithies … Sorina
Sarah Grey … Young Charlotte
Aleita Northey … Young Woman
Andrew Wheeler … Heavy Man
John Shaw … Groundskeeper
Steve Richmond … Mark (as Steven Richmond)
Travis Nelson … Ted
Maya Massar … Gypsy Woman
Anthony Konechny … Young Man (as Anthony Konechney)
Stewart Prince … Student #1
Ecstasia Sanders … Student #2
Frank Cassini … Policeman
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