Therapy for a Vampire, 2014
dir. David Rühm
And the trend for subversive, fun vampire movies continues, successfully.
I really liked this. It was a bit silly and goofy, very over-the-top, and even a bit schlocky. It never took itself too seriously and it was the most fun I had watching a vampire movie since Suck. It also reminded me of What We Do In the Shadows, which I really want to see.
The plot is pretty straightforward. Count von Közsnöm hates his wife and goes to see a therapist — who, by the way, is Sigmund Freud — about his woes and his love love, Nadila. His wife, Countess von Közsnöm is also unhappy because for centuries she hasn’t been able to see her reflection and she wants to know what she looks like. That’s where Lucy and Viktor enter the story. Viktor is an artist who paints for Freud, and Lucy is his girlfriend, a feisty, ahead-of-her-time young lady who wears trousers and foregoes make-up. Viktor has this ideal of her which he paints over and over again, and von Közsnöm sees one of these paintings in Freud’s office, and he realises she is the reincarnation of Nadila. He formulates a plan to transform Lucy into Nadila and to get rid of his wife, but of course, it’s all very goofy and after lots of comical twists and turns, he ends up toothless and Freud ends up half a vampire.
My favourite thing about this film was the attention to details and the research into the vampire mythos that went in the writing. The vampires’ obsession with counting is my personal favourite. But there are also the little things, like the sounds each different vampire makes, and their transformations into animals. And the little detail of Countess von Közsnöm not even being able to have her portrait painted because magic is really cool, and they did some really interesting things with it here. The CGI is just shy of schlocky, but in an endearing way that just adds to the whole fun of the film. The story itself is pretty low-stake, and there’s a lot of room for humour and comedic moments with each character.
The cast ensemble is great, and they play off each other really well. Although I thought the dialogue was a bit stunted, however that might be attributed to the subtitles, since I don’t know German.
I really enjoyed this film. Vampires need to be used more for humour because they are really silly in nature, and it’s great to see more filmmakers taking on that challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for David Rühm, and I highly recommend this!
review by Mariana Duarte