Back in the mid 90s, Alyssa Milano, she of Who’s the Boss? fame, became quite the star by making tons of sexually charged (and quite bad) straight to video films. Much like Shannon Tweed before her, she basically made a career of showing her breasts and simulating sex.
One of her films that gained quite a cult status was Embrace of the Vampire, a sensual vampire thriller about a naïve girl who starts college and falls under the spell of a handsome vampire and eventually finds her stronger self through the power bestowed upon her by him.
In the remake this year, we similarly find a naïve student named Charlotte (Sharon Hinnendael) who leaves her all girl Catholic school to attend an elite Co-ed University. She is also seduced by the powers of a vampire and finds her self worth within this supernatural world.
Here’s the thing about both of these films. They are not the least bit sexy. Both film are cold, lifeless corpses that are masquerading as erotic thrillers, but neither one succeeds. The remake actually fares quite a bit better than the original thanks to a tighter storyline and better production values, but neither film even comes close to what they are striving to be.
The Blu-ray’s from Anchor Bay are drastically different. The original film is not much of an improvement over the old DVD transfer and the low budget flick actually still looks pretty much like a TV movie. The remake looks better thanks mostly to the better current technology, but is still pretty flat and lifeless. There’s just no blood flowing in either one of these vampire tales.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.