Kiss of the Damned

May 3rd 2013
  • Fantasy/Horror,
  • R,
  • 97 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Juan Luis Acevedo, Jay Brannan, Jonathan Caouette, Tiarnie Coupland, Caitlin Keats, Haley Kotch, Victor Kubicek, Andrew Kufta, Alexia Landeau, Olivia Lauletta, Stephanie Little, Chris Meyer, Tara Mossberg, Ashley Munns, Taryn Reif, Peter Vack, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Winter
  • Director: Xan Cassavetes
  • Writer: Xan Cassavetes
  • Producers: Jen Gatien, Alex Orlovsky
  • Co Producers: Jacob Jaffke, John F. Lyons, Jonathan Montepare
  • Associate Producer: Athena Currey
  • Executive Producers: Adam S. Bersin, Marcelo Gandola, Dawn Cullen Jonas, Jacob Pechenik, Riaz Tyab, Jonathan Vinnik
  • Art Direction: Ian Salter
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
  • Costume Design: Audrey Louise Reynolds
  • D.O.P.: Tobias Datum
  • Editors: Taylor Gianotas, John F. Lyons
  • Makeup: Amanda Korfine
  • Production Design: Chris Trujillo
  • Set Decoration: Daniel R. Kersting


Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered...

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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • MPAA Warning: Bloody violence, strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
  • Production Companies: Bersin Pictures, Deerjen Films, Verisimilitude

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Move over you chaste "Twilight" vampires, the creatures of the night in this thriller are ravenous, yet cultured horn bags. Actress turned filmmaker Alexandra 'Xan' Cassavetes, daughter of Greek actor-director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands, helms this erotic vampire film which was the closing night feature of International Critics’ Week at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Magnet Releasing quickly acquired it and are planning a likely simultaneous limited theatrical and VOD run sometime in 2013.

Akin to European genre films of the 1960s and 1970s, Joséphine de La Baume plays Djuna, a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia). Eventually she gives in to temptation, only for both her romance and the vampire community as a whole to be endangered when Djuna's troublemaker sister (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly.

Reviews from the festival were mildly positive. While it might seem like a throwback sexploitation flick, it is also said to smartly deal with issues of female sexuality rather than simply fetishize it. Indeed, the cast is almost entirely female, with the men essentially kept off to the side aside from Ventimiglia's love interest. The ending is said to be rushed, but the film also explores cultural and class divisions - not something you usually see in this kind of genre territory. The promise of quite a bit of soft-core sex mixed with a decent amount of blood should also garner an audience."

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