While I haven’t seen Blood Kiss yet (neither has anybody else, it hasn’t even begun filming), you can consider this a “pre-review” of a fashion, or just a hearty helping of geek-out.
Blood Kiss is an independently funded crowdsourced movie from the mind of Michael Reaves. Yes, that Michael Reaves. The Batman-and-Star Wars novels-and-Star Trek-and-(if you were into it)-Disney’s Gargoyles Michael Reaves (who has Parkinsons disease, which I did not know, and which kind of makes this project all the more remarkable).
It’s set in a classic ‘40s Hollywood Noir, about a jazz singer and a director and vaaaaaaaaampires! Also, Amber Benson (a la Tara from Buffy) plays the chanteuse with a secret, which will be glorious!
Not to mention Neil Gaiman. Acting. Gah!!!
Also and not to mention there’s a simultaneous graphic novel by Tom Mandrake (the Batman-and-30 Days of Night-and-Punisher Tom Mandrake) which looks fucking rad so far.
The premise is more along the lines of I Am Legend (the book, the book, for the love of GOD not the movie) than anything else, with vampirism being the result of a symbiotic micro-organism rather than a traditional religious or mystical or otherwise obfuscated source. I like it when the monster is half a step over into reality, because sometimes the lush velvet cape and the voivode sentiments can get stuffy.
This is in its last week on Kickstarter, and they’ve almost made a stretch goal that will enable them to improve the overall production quality to “indie thriller” levels. I’m a student, and I’ve got to be mindful of where I spend my money, but I’m budgeting in room for my support because I trust them to do this right. Since I was a kid vampires - with a few exceptions – have suffered from an imbalance between the aspects of human and beast that define them, to the point where the supernatural aspect becomes a crutch for otherwise unengaging character left stewing in sparkles, uninspired butchery, wtf physics, or cliquish high school drama. I trust Reaves not to trivialize the monster with bullshit, to write the excellent characters he’s proven himself capable of, and make a great film.
Everything hurts and everything sucks. I need cat videos or maybe a coma.
a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin.
1700–10; < Latin (Pliny) formīcātiōn-, stem of formīcātiō a sensation that ants are crawling on one’s skin,equivalent to formicā ( re ) to have such a sensation (verbal derivative of formīca ant) + -tiōn- -tion
It is one-oh-fucking-four in the morning and I’m experiencing a terrible episode of formication. It is really hard to not want to tear all my skin off right now.