A Bloodsucking Film

Last night at midnight, a group of us went to see the film Vampire. Before the film started, there was a short introduction from the writer/director. The director was Japanese and spoke maybe ten words of English. This would not have been problematic if the screenplay was written in Japanese, but instead the screenplay was written in English, which paved way for miserable dialogue.

Not only was the dialogue of this film horrendous, but the story had immense holes, very little character development, and terrible acting. There were at least three characters who had a relatively important role in the film with that appeared with absolutely no introduction.

The poor dialogue and lack of character development were not even the worst parts of the film. There were multiple continuity errors and the film could have been shot better by a high school student with a flip cam. Almost all of the shots were terribly overexposed and awkwardly framed. Those that were not overexposed or terribly framed were extremely generic and commonly lacked focus.

The editing of the film was not terrible, however, there were multiple sequences in which a character was speaking and the audio did not match their lip movements, which was extremely noticeable and irritating.

The worst and most excruciatingly painful part of the film was the extremely loud sound effects and other audio. The most memorable sequence was when a character bought items and a grocery store and received a brown paper bag. When the bag was even touched, the sound a crumbling bag was blasted through the speakers, nearly destroying my eardrums. As I looked around the theater, I found that I was not the only one covering my ears at this point, in fact, nearly half of the theater began to cringe and cover their ears. The paper bag sequence was not the only excruciatingly loud sound effects, there were many others including the slamming of a car door and footsteps.

Although I would love to say that I hated this film, I must say that I found it quite entertaining simply because it was so terrible. I would compare my experience in this film to the one that I had when I watched the notorious Troll 2.

 

–Dan Enders

 

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About The Spirit of Sundance

A group of Elon University students experiencing the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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