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Lovely, illustrated poster for Xan Cassavetes’ “KISS OF THE DAMNED”

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Xan Cassavettes’ upcoming vampire film is awaiting its U.S. premiere at next month’s SXSW. Get in its lush spirit with a lovely first one-sheet.

KISS OF THE DAMNED readily recalls the likes of Jean Rollin and Harry Kümel, imbuing vampires with a dripping sensuality, bloodthirst and European sensibility and style that’s been lacking from recent bloodsucking fare. Thankfully, it’s more than just homage as Cassavettes has a story to tell about familial conflict and the intensity of new love. I greatly enjoyed the movie and its ability to bring an exhilarating nature to its beautiful creatures and suspect many fans of the aforementioned Eurohorror will, too.

The film includes the stunning, stunning Josephine de la Baume and RUBBER’s Roxanne Mesquida, and sees beautiful vampire Djuna (Baume) try to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…

KISS OF THE DAMNED is on VOD March 28. 2013 and in select theaters May 3. Expect much more from Fango on KISS OF THE DAMNED, and head to Movies.com (who premiered the poster) for a chat with Cassavetes. You can find the film’s Facebook here.

 

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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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