‘The hunt begins’
Vampariah is a 2016 Filipino-American action horror film about a young female hunter on a quest to find the killer of her parents.
Directed by Matthew Abaya from a screenplay co-written with Lawrence Yaghmour, the movie stars Kelly Lou Dennis and Aureen Almario.
Mahal is a part of an elite squad of skilled hunters responsible for keeping the world safe from vampires and other creatures of the night. Her mission to rid the world of this undead threat becomes compromised when her fate intertwines with an aswang (a vampire of Philippine folklore)…
“Whilst it (all too) obviously (at times) suffers from a lack of budget, and some of the writing and dialogue leaves a lot to be desired, there’s enough imaginative touches and clever film-making to make it well worth a watch […] Vampariah is a fast and loose horror which makes good use of a meagre budget.” Backseat Mafia
“Best to leave it, I feel. But as it is, there’s something likeably overambitious about Abaya’s attempts at fashioning his world — something he achieves with a modicum of style and wit, whilst keeping the plot straightforward, and containing it all within 90 minutes. The result is mediocre, but endearingly so.” Critical Movie Critics
” …it is cheap, filling, unique, and rather tasty. People looking for something more enriching are not going to find it here. For those looking for a new kind of quick thrill, and are not fussy about the details, they should find it in Vampariah.” Cryptic Rock
“There are far too many things going on for one film, they’re not drawn together very well and somehow we still manage to end up with an under-lit fistfight in a warehouse, but this is a bold little movie with a lot of personality. It bites off much more than it can chew but deserves credit for doing something different and for the verve with which it goes about that.” Eye for Film
” …the budget here is some way short of being capable of pulling off the level of effects necessary to do the ideas justice […] However, the invention and energy present make it relatively easy to set aside the frequently ropey technical aspects, and embrace the well-considered world and its characters.” Girls with Guns
” …the small attention to detail, the obvious love for the subject matter, the depiction of a monster we don’t see too often in cinema, that helps Vampariah stand out in a very crowded vampire genre. If you can look past the obvious budgetary problems and that generic artwork (see above) you’ll discover what is – ultimately – a fantastic, fun, action-horror.” Nerdly
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