Florid, operatic vampire romance/gore-fest from Old Boy director

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  • DIRECTED BY Park Chan-Wook
  • STARRING Song Kang-Ho, Kim Ok-Vin

The latest crazed fantasy from Korean director Park Chan-Wook (Old Boy, Lady Vengeance) is a ripe stew of horror, erotica and tragedy. It’s scandalously self-indulgent, but there’s no denying its invention and visual power.

While its most dazzling scenes recall David Cronenberg’s The Fly and Schrader’s Catpeople, it topples into self-parody in spells, as if John Waters was remaking In The Realm Of The Senses.

A priest (Song) selflessly volunteers for a vaccination trial to conquer a deadly virus. He survives, but mutates into a vampire. No clichéd garlic or stakes through the heart for Park however, as the protagonist “borrows” coma victims and sucks their blood through I.V. tubes.

When he meets a friend’s unhappy wife (Kim), he struggles with new-found carnal urges. Soon lust is as dominant as blood-lust, and the pair goes at it like hammers. She persuades him to “convert” her, but this town might not be big enough for two thirsty, violent, rampaging, morally conflicted monsters.


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