Kiss of the Damned

altRelease Date:  March 28, 2013 (VOD); May 3, 2013 (limited theatrical)
Distributor: Magnet Releasing
Director: Xan Cassavetes
Screenwriter: Xan Cassavetes
Starring: Josephine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough
MPAA Rating: R(for bloody violence, strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use)


 

 

 

 

 

Djuna, a beautiful vampire tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo, but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

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The Weekend Read: A One-On-One Interview with Kiss of the Damned’s Xan Cassavetes
Now in theaters and on VOD is Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned, a sexy throwback to ’60s vampire fare that stars Milo Ventimiglia as a screenwriter who meets a gorgeous bloodsucker named Djuna (Josephine de La Baume). She tries to resist the advances of the writer, but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. Cassavetes – daughter of the legendary John Cassavetes – makes her feature debut with the film and we spoke to her about her directing experience.
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Review: Kiss of the Damned
Kiss of the Damned received a lot of positive notices after it played this year’s South by Southwest. Maybe seeing it with a crowd makes a difference. Or maybe there was something in the air in Austin when it was screened. Either way, this critic feels like they saw an entirely different movie than the one in those favorable reviews.  A vampire tale that is awfully familiar, Kiss of the Damned is like a Skinemax offering with marginally better acting and a slightly bigger budget. If some flesh and sex are all you ask of a vampire movie, you will be plenty satisfied. But it’s not quite ridiculous enough to fall into so-bad-it’s-good territory and for the most part it is excruciatingly dull.  Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) is a screenwriter camped out in some small town in an effort to get some peace and quiet and focus on his writing. One night he ventures to a local bar for some Scotch and is immediately smitten with Djuna (Josephine de la Baume). Sparks fly and she takes him back to her place, a large house she is watching for a friend. Just when things start to get hot and heavy, Djuna pushes Paolo away. She claims to have a skin condition and says it is too dangerous and he must go. 
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Exclusive Variant Poster Debut: Kiss of the Damned
Kiss of the Damned plays to SXSW audiences tonight and we have a variant “retro” poster to share with you.  Check out the full image after the jump! Directed by Xan Cassavetes – making her feature debut – Kiss of the Damned recaptures the Euro-horror vibe of the ’60s in look, theme and score.  And it does a pretty solid job of it.   Milo Ventimiglia leads the cast as a screenwriter who ventures out to the country to knock out a spec script until he meets Djuna (De La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist his advances, but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. The film hits VOD on March 28th from Magnet Releasing…
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Kiss of the Damned Gets Poster, Release Dates
Kiss of the Damned sounds like the moniker for a film you’d see released in the ’60s, but it is the title for a new Magnet Releasing flick hitting VOD March 28th. The film, directed by Xan Cassavetes, stars Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (The Divide), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (The Runaways).  It tells the story of Djuna (De La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. Check out the poster (apropos for that aforementioned ’60s vibe)  - which premiered at Movieline – inside.  Look for a limited theatrical release on May 3rd.
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Magnet Releasing Feels the Kiss of the Damned
Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday September 7th. The film stars Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (The Divide), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (The Runaways). With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes tells the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.
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