Blood Sis­ters

Four more vam­pire films by fe­male di­rec­tors

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated cinema -

Near Dark 1987 Kathryn Bigelow’s moody meld of West­ern and hor­ror fol­lows Bill Pax­ton’s farm boy, in­ducted into a trav­el­ling clan of vamps. A rad­i­cal take on the genre, it strips out the para­pher­na­lia of gar­lic, crosses and stakes, swap­ping se­duc­tion for slaugh­ter. Buffy The Vam­pire Slayer 1992 The Buffy m ovie wasn’t a rip- roar­ing suc­cess, but Fran Rubel Kuzui de­serves credit for push­ing Joss Whe­don in new di­rec­tions. Be­fore she sug­gested tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from John Woo, mar­tial arts wasn’t part of the con­cept. Sadly, she also played up the com­edy el­e­ments to the point of camp. Vamps 2012 Ac­cept­ing age­ing is a ma­jor theme in this bit­ter­sweet hor­ror- com­edy, which re­united Clue­less writer/ direc­tor Amy Heck­ler­ing with star Ali­cia Sil­ver­stone. Sil­ver­stone plays a 170- yearold vam­pire in NYC, who strug­gles with is­sues like keep­ing up with new tech­nol­ogy and how to put on make- up with no mir­ror… Kiss Of The Damned 2013 This sen­sual ef­fort from Xan Cas­savetes homages the style of ’ 70s Euro hor­rors by the likes of Jess Franco. Joséphine de La Baume plays a civilised pro­fes­sional blood­sucker who falls for and turns He­roes star Milo Ven­timiglia’s screen­writer.

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