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Eternal (Unrated)

Release Date: August 26th, 2005 (NYC-Village East Cinemas) by Regent Releasing/Here! Films
The Cast: Caroline Neron, Conrad Pla, Sarah Manninen, Victoria Sanchez.
Directed by Wilhelm Liebenberg and Federico Sanchez.

BASIC PREMISE: Detective Raymond Pope (Pla) is looking for his missing wife, which leads him to uncover the hidden world of vampirism.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This is not your traditional vampire movie. It is a mixture of a crime thriller, horror, and even has plenty eroticism. The plot is very simple and even predictable at times, but what make this film really work are the wonderful set design, costumes, cinematography, and musical score. Conrad Pla's acting is mediocre as the detective, but his mission to find his wife is very exciting. Caroline Neron is very well-cast as Elizabeth Kane, who happens to also be a hungry vampire. The scene when she rises from a bathtub soaked in blood is a classic! She is simply gorgeous and bites into every single one of her lines. Most of the violence occurs off-screen and none of it is shocking. The atmosphere is what really makes this movie chilling without going overboard with blood or guts. It is interesting that this movie is loosely based on a true story from the 16th century about Countess Elizabeth Bathory who really bathed the blood of more than 650 women. It is hard to imagine that this story could be real, but the possibility alone makes it quite frightening.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: The bond between the detecting and the vampire becomes somewhat thought-provoking because despite that he trying to kill her, he is mesmerized by her beauty and power. The very final scene justifies just how manipulative and seductive this beautiful vampire can really be.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Mostly predictable plot.


THE BOTTOM LINE: Atmospheric, chilling, and very stylish! One the sexiest vampire films in all eternity! There is plenty to sink your teeth into in this movie.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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