Director: Claudio Lattanzi
Starring: Cinzia Monreale, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Marina Loi, Veronica Urban, Lorenzo Lepori, Nina Orlandi, Sergio Stivaletti, and Francesca Orsini
Movie length: 1 hours 12 minutes
The opening credits for this film were actually pretty fantastic, so props to whoever threw those together. The film itself though isn’t great, first off, no spoilers here but it takes about thirty minutes of watching before you really have any idea what’s going on, and let me tell you the fact that it isn’t in English and has subtitles doesn’t help it. It’s obvious that the film is about Vampires from its start, I’m not exactly sure why the title is “Crucified” other than there are some scenes with people staked up on crosses.
The film doesn’t really follow anything religious in vampire mythology other than crosses being used in a few scenes. The story was not great to follow I don’t want to give any spoilers here in case a reader does decide to watch it, I did however enjoy some of the grainy camera work it felt very dark and sort of a nod to the classic Nosferatu style, the film maker for sure knew what they were directing and shooting. It’s possible that the Vampire genre for me personally is just way too played out, especially since I even worked on one myself so I could be a little bias.
There is a group of masked men in the film that seem like the antagonists, Dracula and Van Helsing’s names are thrown into the mix and apparently Vampire blood causes a full-on world apocalypse you will have to spend an hour of your time finding out how that one works by watching the film. I am a vampire fan to an extent; I enjoy some of the classics and give every film I see a good honest chance as far as my opinion on them. CRUCIFIED was very well shot and looked wonderful, but there just wasn’t a good enough story to really bring me into it, the acting was okay but over all it was somewhat of a bore.
I’d give this film a 4 out of 10 for story, but a 9 out of 10 for cinematography as well as music and title sequence. Would I recommend watching it, honestly not unless you are very big into Vampires and don’t feel like a nice old Buffy or Angel rerun.
CRUCIFIED is set for release in North America March 9 via digital VOD services.
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