Vampire Virus (2020) reviews and overview

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‘A new generation of vampires is born’

Vampire Virus is a 2020 British horror feature film about a young woman who contracts a deadly virus after an unusual frisky female encounter. Unfortunately, she also soon develops a taste for human blood

Directed, photographed and edited by Charlie Steeds (An English Haunting; The Barge People; Winterskin; Cannibal Farm) from a screenplay co-written with Sam Ashurst (A Little More Flesh; shorts: The Heart id for Blood; Turn Your Bloody Phone Off), based on a story by co-producers Jerome Reygner-Kalfon and Sebastien Semon.

The Dark Temple Motion Pictures production stars Natalie Martins (A Werewolf in England; The Barge People; Poltergeist Activity), Derek Nelson, Jéssica Alonso (A Werewolf in England; An English Haunting) and Peter Lofsgard.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“I am not sure if I was reaching but I also draw a comparison with the AIDS crisis of the 80s, as many queer characters come under threat from this mysterious virus, but here it makes them into monsters […] certainly Dark Temple Motion Pictures’ most stylish film to boot.” Bloody Flicks

” …a pretty fun ride, although some the acting is a little stunted, this doesn’t detract from the movie. A somewhat on the nose parallel to LGBT+ experiences gives the movie some weight, but really this is about crazy, stylish vampire fun, and on that it more than delivers.” Alan Secker, Letterboxd

“While the opening scenes are fresh, loud and exciting, once Jennifer’s fate becomes clear, the script runs out of ideas and just goes through the motions […] I think I’d have been more into it were it not for the incessant pounding synth score, which initially adds loads of energy, but in never dialling back or becoming more dynamic, eventually becomes really wearing.” Cliff, Letterboxd

” …if this were pure retro cinema it might come across as slightly arch, but beneath the camp, Steeds draws on some interesting themes […]  the connection between the spread of the vampire contagion and its breeding ground in the clubs is a thinly disguised nod to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. It’s classy, stylish and sinuous fun…” Dark Eyes of London

“This often looks great, and it’s impressive to see a small film like this aim to be something more, something with ambition and scope that is rarely seen in smaller UK film releases. Flawed, both in terms of the material and also the execution of the material, this is still worth your time, and I would say that it’s very much worth your support.” For It Is Man’s Number

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Cast and characters:

Natalie Martins … Jennifer
Derek Nelson … Freddie
Jéssica Alonso … Izabella
Peter Lofsgard … Jack
Jonathan Hansler … Lieutenant Peterson
Mark McKirdy … Detective Noonan
Makenna Guyler … Sarah
Candice Palladino … Lauren
Grace Blackman … Lindsay
Barrington De La Roche … Homeless Man
Robert Nairne … Tobias
Ayanna Snow … The Infected
Richard D. Myers … Jimmy the Cab Driver (as Richard Myers)
Grayson James Matthews … Tyler
Kane Surry … Zane
James Swanton … Frank Laymon
Alexandra Hansler … Receptionist
Lorraine Tai … Female Vampire
Tim Cartwright … Director Grenik
Swainley Whipps Eden-Entwistle … Interrogation Officer
Jay O’Connell … Thomas
Jaime Seal … Male Vampire

Working title:

After Dark

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