KICKING BLOOD (TIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While there’s certainly elements here of previous cult bloodsucker films such as Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction (1995), Kicking Blood is very much its own beast, a not altogether easy thing to do in the much-trampled terrain of the vampire movie. With its breathtaking cinematography and effectively low-key performances, Kicking Blood is marked a unique spirit of slick delirium, where desire and ennui make strange yet effective bedfellows. For all its focus on supernatural beings, Kicking Blood is fundamentally a tale of humanity and the different shapes frailty and vulnerability can take.

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