Friday, November 5, 2021

Dead & Beautiful (2021)

Streaming Service: Shudder
Movie Name/Year: Dead & Beautiful (2021)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Length: 98 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Lemming Film, House on Fire International, Periscoop Film
Director: David Verbeek
Writer: David Verbeek, Hugh Travers
Actors: Gijs Blom, Philip Juan, Anna Marchenko, Yen Tsao, Aviis Zhong
Blurb from IMDb: A group of young and spoiled rich kids turn into vampires after a night out, changing the course of their lives and driving a wedge between them all.

Selina’s Point of View:
I have never seen a slower vampire flick in my life.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen bloodsucker films with absolutely no action and minimal horror, but they at least had some kind of thrills, or drama, to keep me invested. Here I got five vapid characters trying to compare their symptoms to those shown in vampiric cinema while gratifying themselves over how rich they were. It was boring.
Dead & Beautiful had a strong start. Unfortunately, that only lasted until the title screen – about 4 minutes in. After that, it deteriorated and never picked back up.
All I have written in my notes is stuff like: “20 min in – bored,” “30 min in – a young child wouldn’t be scared.” It goes on like that, until an hour in when I gave up on taking notes.

What absolutely kills me, is that there were more endings than there was content.
More than once, I’ve watched a movie that had me rolling my eyes up until the end – only for the conclusion to save it. It does happen. In this case, however, so much rode on the various twists, that it wound up feeling lazy.
The twists didn’t even wind up saving Dead & Beautiful because they could either be predicted from a mile away, or they nullified previous twists. It went from a straight-up snooze-fest to convoluted very quickly.
Clearly, Dead & Beautiful was not for me. If you want to give it a shot anyway, it’s available on Shudder.   

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 33%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – 47%
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.5/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 1/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: PG-13
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