DVD Review “Strigoi”

Directed by: Faye Jackson
Starring: Constantin Barbulescu, Camelia Maxim, Catalin Paraschiv
Distributed by: Breaking Glass Pictures
Rated N/A
Running Time: 105 minutes

Our Score: 2 out of 5 stars

After seeing the promo poster for “Strigoi” I was somewhat excited to sit down and watch the film. However I guess I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up as “Strigoi” was nothing but a dull drawn out attempt at a dark comedy/horror/vampire film. The films basic concept was nothing new as it was your typical story of a town turning on two of its residents and killing them. The two then return from the grave as extremely hungry vampires hell bent on carry out their revenge on the towns people responsible for their deaths. “Stigoi” was in my opinion just really hard to figure out what type of film I was watching and how I should take the characters. At times there were touches of comedy but then the film would take an extremely dark serious turn leaving the previous scene in question as to whether or not it was in the right film.

“Strigoi” written and directed by Faye Jackson is the story of Vlad (Catalin Paraschiv) a fledgling med school student who returns to his grandfather’s village after a trip to Italy. Upon his return Vlad stumbles across an odd cast of characters that all seem to be hiding something. Determined to get to the bottom of the strange occurs in the small Romanian town Vlad quickly finds that he may be up against something other than just odd towns people. “Strigoi” had potential however I think the film would have been a bit more accessible if the director had focused on one genre and maybe have jumped on the whole vampire band wagon.

 

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