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God of Vampires

Limited Theatrical Release: May 4. DVD release: sometime after that



Here's a really fun, ultra-gory Chinese vampire horror flick. (When's the last time you saw all those adjectives crammed into the same sentence?) God of Vampires combines the intense, stylized action of a Hong Kong John Woo film with the extreme splat of Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci (who brought us Zombie and The Beyond). Unlike most Fulci movies, however, God of Vampires actually makes sense. Full disclosure: I know God of Vampires director Rob Fitz personally -- in fact, he was one of the special FX artists on Drive-In Horrorshow, which I directed (shameless plug). But that doesn't change the fact that this is a fantastic film. Shot on 16mm, it has a strikingly polished look, all the better to showcase its creative camerawork, terrific fight scenes, and masterful spurts of blood and guts. It sure doesn't feel like an indie film -- a real credit to Rob and his team.

So there you go! Here's to a cadaverously creepy, ghoulishly gory, frightfully new decade at the movies. Don't forget your raincoat -- it may get a little bloody.

Michael Neel is the director and co-creator of Drive-In Horrorshow, an anthology horror film comprised of five terrifying tales. When he's not busy fighting giant dinosaur robots, he co-writes a blog full of helpful indie filmmaking advice.  For more info on DIHS and the filmmaker's blog, visit www.driveinhorrorshow.com. Neel will be a guest host on Outside the Cinema (a podcast dedicated all kinds of cult films, from exploitation to poorly dubbed martial arts flicks and everything in between)on Sunday, January 31 at 6pm.

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