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Sanguivorous (2011/MVD Visual DVD)

Picture: D Sound: D Extras: D Main Program: C+

A young woman finds her body suffering from pain and nightmares, longing for something to satisfy dark cravings, and discover she is from a line of vampires. As her blood awakens to her heritage, her boyfriend confides in her and says make him a vampire and their love will last forever. But is not for her to decide but her blood....

In Naoki Yoshimoto's Sanguivorous (2011), a young Japanese woman finds herself having dark and animalistic cravings for blood, and learns she has vampire blood in her. As she struggles for who she is, she is guided by another female vampire and the spirit of their sire. Encouraged by her boyfriend to take his blood and turn him, she gives in to her desire for blood, but as she transform, the elder vampire awakens and takes control and tells her an immortal vampire's life is eternal suffering for more blood, and is a never ending hell.

This was a very lame vampire story, a story of suffering after discovering one is a vampire, and how then they are manipulated by the elder vampire to bring him blood and then pull something else. While it is smart not to make too many vampires, the elder vampire just hibernates from one victim/descendant to another. Most of the film was images of nothing but the vampire's suffering, often blurred black and white or monotone colors over each other, and with ambient sounds. The content itself was more like a silent film with text and not in a good German Expressionism way either. The sound and picture are awful and there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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