Dead & Beautiful is a 2021 Dutch horror film about a group of young and spoiled rich kids that turn into vampires after a night out, changing the course of their lives and driving a wedge between them all.
Written and directed by David Verbeek, the House on Fire International-Lemming Film movie stars Gijs Blom, Philip Juan, Anna Marchenko, Yen Tsao and Aviis Zhong.
“There’s talent to be found in Dead and Beautiful. That first scene is very fun, but it never gets to that level again throughout the rest of the 90+-minute runtime. If this was a surface-level popcorn movie there wouldn’t be much of a problem, but it tries to be something more, and that’s where Dead and Beautiful makes its biggest mistakes.” Movie Babble
“The ultimate point is not lost, but boy does it take its time getting there. The twisty conclusion is likely to be telegraphed by anybody who has seen a film in the last 30 years, but the final act is where things get really interesting. Still, if nothing else it proves that watching the rich and listless is a poor substitute for being on the inside.” The Reel Bits
“None of these characters are particularly easy to sympathize with […] But each of the billionaires gets his-or-her moment in the sun, and while characterizations are slight, that actually fits the narrative. All actors give decent performances, but Aviis Zhong has to do most of the weightlifting here and if this were a contest, she’d win.” Screen Anarchy
“The film has all the makings of a cult-classic. Visually opulent, with performances that at first might seem a little bland, then morph into pristine camp, enriching the whole film with an element of self-awareness. The five friends even reassure themselves that ‘We’re not in a movie’, and yet so much of the film is preoccupied with cinema, with nods to the vampire films that have preceded it…” UK Film Review
Cast and characters:
Gijs Blom … Mason
Philip Juan … Bin-Ray
Anna Marchenko … Anastasia
Yen Tsao … Alexander
Aviis Zhong … Lulu