Summer Of Blood
The thrall of a Sparrow
Release Date: OUT NOW! 2014 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Onur Tukel Cast: Onur Tukel, Jonathan Caouette, Zach Clark
When a creepy stranger asks Erik Sparrow if he wants to die, there’s not much to think about. Sparrow hates his job, was recently dumped, and hasn’t had much luck with online dating. Life’s just too much effort, so he agrees to the alternative: becoming a vampire.
Which turns out to be much easier – especially once he learns to hypnotise people into giving him whatever he wants. Soon, his undead mojo has women falling at his feet. Unfortunately, behind the fangs he’s still the same neurotic loser, totally unprepared for the demands of eternal life…
More character study than story, Summer Of Blood is pretty light on plot, but it’s short enough that it doesn’t outstay its welcome. Plus it’s genuinely funny. Writer/ director Onur Tukel plays the lead role himself, and his rambling, semiimprovised performance is perfectly pitched. Sparrow might not be the most likeable character, but his willingness to shrug off his responsibilities in return for superpowers – even at a cost – is horribly relatable.
For a low- budget effort, this is a surprisingly polished film; both the New York setting and the splattery gore effects are convincing. The biggest surprise, though, is how fresh it feels – who knew it was still possible to make an original vampire movie?
Extras: Two lacklustre behind- thescenes features; three deleted scenes; trailers. Sarah Dobbs Onur Tukel says the film was inspired by his own fear of relationship commitment: “It’s the things about myself I don’t like”.
Peter Jackson went feral.