Embrace of the Vampire (1995) is simply a bad movie made only for a child star in Alyssa Milano trying to strip (figuratively and literally) that persona. The story is lacking, and the performances are bland and the movie as a whole is downright boring leading to something with nothing to offer (even Ms. Milano’s breasts aren’t worth the sludge you have to wade through).
Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Horror
Anchor Bay | Unrated – 93 min. – $19.99 | October 15, 2013
Directed by: Anne Goursaud
Writer(s): Halle Eaton & Nicole Coady and Rick Bitzelberger (written by)
Cast: Martin Kemp, Alyssa Milano, Harrison Pruett, Charlotte Lewis, Jennifer Tilly
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 20.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 1.5/5
Plot Outline: Charlotte (ALYSSA MILANO) is a shy, sexually inexperienced college freshman stalked by a handsome British vampire (MARTIN KEMP) who believes her to be the reincarnation of his long-dead lover. But with only three days to seduce the teen virgin, he’ll tempt Charlotte with forbidden passions that include sensual dreams, a beautiful lesbian (CHARLOTTE LEWIS), torrid threesomes, scorching orgies and beyond.
Quick Hit Review: Not since Paul Verhoven’s Showgirls, which coincidentally also came out in 1995, has a movie didn’t bother disguising what a movie was about: T&A and for Embrace of the Vampire, seeing a then innocent Alyssa Milano desperate to shed her child star persona and do something that would, hopefully, take her into adulthood and there was no better way than to show her breasts (or boobies) and satisfy so many teenage boys.
There’s not much of a plot here and it’s been described numerous times this is more or less an issue of “Playboy” where one would skip the articles (plot) and go straight for the pictures (Milano, Lewis, etc.). However, even knowing that, this is just a chore and a bore to get through. It’s plain and simple a bad movie with nothing redeemable including cardboard performances to go along with a thin story.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
Other than some previews for I Spit on Your Grave and Lovelace, no features were included.
VIDEO – 1.75/5
Anchor Bay releases the 1995 Embrace of the Vampire onto Blu-ray with a weak transfer that looks incredibly sloppy with drab colors, a picture that seems over processed and maybe artificially sharpening, and even so, detail levels just isn’t there. I can’t say I’m surprised considering this was probably a low budget movie that no doubt didn’t look very good when it was released VHS (and I suspect they used that as a source with some clean-up).
AUDIO – 2.75/5
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track does fare a bit better with mostly clear dialogue, or moaning, coming from the center channel while atmospheric noises and some side action (like footsteps) are relegated to the rear speakers. I don’t consider it anything great but it is a serviceable lossless track.
OVERALL – 1.0/5
Overall, Embrace of the Vampire (1995) is simply a bad movie made only for a child star in Alyssa Milano trying to strip (figuratively and literally) that persona. The story is lacking, and the performances are bland and the movie as a whole is downright boring leading to something with nothing to offer (even Ms. Milano’s breasts aren’t worth the sludge you have to wade through). The Blu-ray released by Anchor Bay has no features, the video is below average and the audio is merely average.