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Blood + Roses (2010)

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A couple head to a remote cottage, where the wife falls under the spell of a mysterious vampire, who starts a painful and horrifying transformation in her.


Simon Aitken


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Cast overview:
Marysia Kay ... Jane
Kane John Scott Kane John Scott ... Martin
Benjamin Green ... Seth
Adam Bambrough Adam Bambrough ... Ted
Pamela Flanagan Pamela Flanagan ... Alice
Axelle Carolyn ... Mary
Eria Sainio Eria Sainio ... Elizabeth
Marq English ... Bob
Etta Bell Etta Bell ... Nicole
Elizabeth Knight Elizabeth Knight ... Lisa


A couple head to a remote cottage, where the wife falls under the spell of a mysterious vampire, who starts a painful and horrifying transformation in her.

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Release Date:

9 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


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GBP40,000 (estimated)
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Independent Runnings See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film makes references to several well-known horror films including The Evil Dead (1981), Psycho (1960), An American Werewolf in London (1981), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Addiction (1995) amongst others. See more »

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interesting but flawed
25 May 2011 | by markthetrannySee all my reviews

I think this film is something of a mixed bag. It has a great deal of potential which it doesn't quite live up to.

The basic idea is quite interesting and different. It's an idiosyncratic take on the horror fantasy genre. The realisation doesn't quite live up to the idea.

At first I thought the pacing was too slow initially. I should make clear that I'm not a gorehound or a viewer who wants frenetic shock tactics. I welcome the slower more leisurely build up.

The problem is not with the pacing- for me at least- many horror fans will probably find it slow. The problem is not with the script- although some of the dialogue is a little awkward.

The problem is certainly not with the technical aspects. Simon Aitken and his crew seem to know what they want and are capable of achieving that result.

The thing that takes this movie from a solid seven to a below average four is the actors. They're just not good enough. Most of them seem to be reciting their lines from a card. None of them have the charisma to be leads in a feature film.

It's frustrating that what could have been a nice little debut film is rendered unsatisfying by poor performances that seem more like dictating a letter than playing a role.

Ultimately I think Simon Aitken has a future in this industry and I wish him well with it. I hope to see more of his individualistic and imaginative vision.He just needs to take a little more care with casting in the future.

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