Sum­mer Of Blood

The thrall of a Spar­row

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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.

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