HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Devil to Pay, The
Gypsy
Lost in London
Divorce Italian Style
Becky
Salon Kitty
Misbehaviour
Charles, Dead or Alive
Gretel and Hansel
Mademoiselle
Tunnel, The
India Song
Last Rhino, The
Made in Hong Kong
Ring of Spies
Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad
Pocketful of Miracles
The Tomb: Devil's Revenge
Sidecar Racers
Space Dogs
Out/Marriage
Safety Last!
Bride Who Has Returned from Hell, The
Show Boat
Savage
City Called Dragon, A
I Used to Go Here
Six Suspects
Still the Water
Not Now, Comrade
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Wives of the Skies
Two Heads Creek
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Captain, The
Great Wall, A
Trout, The
Zorba the Greek
Horror Crowd, The
Matthias & Maxime
   
 
Newest Articles
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
   
 
  Nadja Dracu-lass
Year: 1994
Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Elina Löwensohn, Martin Donovan, Galaxy Craze, Peter Fonda, Suzy Amis, Jared Harris, Karl Geary, Nic Ratner, Jack Lotz, David Lynch
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 2 votes)
Review: Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) is talking to a guy in an bar one night, telling him of her rich father who supports her. Her father is actually Count Dracula, and later, as she feasts on her latest victim, Nadja is filled with the feeling that her father has died. She's right, the Count has been staked by Van Helsing (Peter Fonda) and when news of this reaches the vampire hunter's nephew Jim (Martin Donovan) he meets up with him. What Jim doesn't know is that his wife Lucy (Galaxy Craze) has encountered Nadja in a bar, and taken her back to their apartment...

Written by the director Michael Almereyda, this was the vampire movie as seen through the eyes of the nineties American indie movie. So instead of exciting action with Van Helsing and his nephew running around after the bloodsuckers, the film adopts a languorous pace and features many low key conversations between the characters, touching on philosophy and problematic relationships. Shot in black and white, it is not short on atmosphere, and the primitive Pixelvision video camera Almereyda used in Another Girl Another Planet is employed to give us a sort of Vampire-vision.

As expected, Nadja gets her teeth into Lucy, leaving her in a trance-like state and on the brink of becoming a vampire, which makes it convenient that Jim has Van Helsing for an uncle. Nadja has a twin brother, Edgar (Jared Harris), who is wasting away and being tended to by his nurse, Cassandra (Suzy Amis) who is unaware of his undead state (didn't she check for a pulse?). Edgar wants to die, but Nadja is having none of this, and is set on continuing the bloodline through Lucy and, eventually, Cassandra.

As the title character, Lowensohn has just the right sense of Old World decadence for her role, and just the right accent, too. Switching between melancholy (yes, another self-pitying vampire) and steely resolve, she is perfectly cast. The most eccentric casting, however, is Peter Fonda's Van Helsing, who comes across like a paranoid, fixated sixties survivor, making odd observations like the weary Dracula being like Elvis in the end, or "Blood is like chewing gum to these creatures!" Against expectations, Fonda is a great choice, full of life while the others are drained of their spirit.

Family relationships are the core of the piece; the poisonous Dracula family corrupting everyone they touch, with only Edgar willing to change. Nadja and Van Helsing have their obsessions to keep them alive, but the others are empty inside, gaining no comfort in each other. It's a modern ennui, which Cassandra blames on a lack of spirituality in their lives, but what they really need is company, the immortal nature of vampires representing the loneliness and lack of meaning in the characters' existence, just carrying on for the sake of tradition. Nadja may be a pretentious film, but it's a novel twist on the old genre to approach it in this style, and there are pleasures to be had if you don't mind the slow pace.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 6275 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: