Zombies have been the stars of several recent movies and it seemed like people have moved one from vampires. Fans of the other undead creature will be thrilled to see sexy, misbehaving blood suckers back on the big screen via Kiss of the Damned, which is a melodrama from Xan Cassavetes.
Kiss of the Damned is about Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), who lives in a Connecticut estate. One day she meets Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), a screenwriter. Since their meeting at the video store, the two instantly fall for each other. Djuna is so in love with Paolo that she tells him she’s a vampire. He says he doesn’t care about whatever she is and she bites him to make them lovers for life.
Their serene nights together are shattered when Mimi (Roxane Mesquida), Djuna’s sister, arrives in town. Mimi has caused some troubles overseas and is on her way to some sort of vampire rehab. Mimi’s bad antics have caused some ripples throughout the vampire community in Greater New York area.
Kiss of the Damned has enough sex scenes and blood to make it unsuitable for most of the Twilight fans. The story is too melodrama and tackles issues of commitment, betrayal, amorality and love. It has the right atmosphere that is connected to traditional vampire lore.
The movie is a modern Gothic vampire flick that combines the elements of dramatic suspense with classic romance. Kiss of the Damned is full of blood, which is the true nature of the vampire lore. The movie manages to avoid going towards exploitation or grindhouse level. It is not for everyone but if you enjoy beautiful creatures in guts and gore then you will be satisfied with the movie. It has the passion and heat of the classic vampire tales. It is different from recent vampire movies.