Thursday, October 1, 2015

Children of the Night (Artsploitation Blu-ray)

What a unique story we have here distributed by the every challenging, always innovating Artsploitation. At first I must admit that I thought it was a bit slow and uninteresting, but Children of the Night blooms into something special. It is flawed. It has some strange shot choices and the editing toward the end of the movie speeds up all the action to an uncomfortable fast forward fever pitch, but I don’t think it detracts from the originality and importance of this independent Argentinean Horror picture about good ol’ vampires in different bodies than we are used to seeing them.

What makes Children of the Night difficult is the balance of dead pan humor with the subject of child death and child transformation into vampires. That doesn’t exactly mean that you feel uneasy about the end of life for so many young blood suckers, but I think the intention is to dissipate a feeling of unease you might have with seeing children turned so young. For the first half of the movie you’re simply try to understand the surroundings and the habit for these young vamps. The second half is a transformative experience for a journalist who is learning about the colony. It’s actually heartwarming.

The end sequence will get your dander up and excite you (aside from the strange sped up footage aspect). Enjoy the journalist; she’s a tremendous actor, and I really enjoyed her performance.

 Artsploitation Films is releasing this wildly entertaining vampire tale on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD October 6th. This is another feature that touches on a common theme we’ve been seeing in 2015, the rise of the Horror Comedy although I would mention that the comedy is subdued, dark and playful as opposed to mondo-disgusto-balls-to-the-wall-gore comedy as has been frequent. Also note that it has subtitles (because that matters to some of you).

Pick up Children of the Night from Artsploitaion Films now.

From Artsploitation:

A secluded colony of child vampires come under attack from vengeful villagers in this darkly funny horror tale by Argentinean filmmaker Ivan Noel. A journalist visits a secluded orphanage where children suffer from an unknown skin disease. She soon learns that they are in fact not children, but vampires aging from 4 to 120 years old and who have been bitten at an early age and forever remain in that physical state. They are led and protected by a strange and deeply religious ex-nurse whose destiny in life is to find these ‘lost souls’ and raise them in her sanctuary. Through religious teachings, nocturnal rituals and the occasional visit to local towns for fresh human blood, she keeps them safe  – that is until a cultish band of men from a nearby village plot to destroy the refuge. Now the children, headed by the 90-year-old grandson of Count Dracula, must defend their way of life.

Bonus features: Director's Commentary, Making Of Featurette, Trailer

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