Review of "Crimson Winter"An Interwoven Studios Production
Vampire film by Writer, Director and Lead Actor Bryan Ferreter, of Helena, Montana
Review by Tami Jackson
If you love old fashioned plays by the Bard of Avon (aka Shakespeare) and you're in the mood for a low budget vampire film? Crimson Winter might be the catalyst that send shivers up your spine to match those of the actors who all look like they're all freezing in the cold Montana mountains, where this movie was shot.
|Director, Writer, Actor Bryan Ferreter|
NATURE OF CRIMSON WINTER VAMPIRES:In Crimson Winter, Vampires have fangs that remain protruded. They drink animal blood as a substitute for humans when not fighting or engaged in war. Only the Vampire leader can turn humans into the Undead and then it is done intentionally by altering the genetic code. In fact, these vampires are able to go out into sunlight. They cry real salty tears too (not blood).
SETTING THE STAGE:In the beginning, dramatic music plays and we meet a Vampire-warrior-prince named Elric (Bryan Ferreter). He's alone with his sword and wearing chain mail while he seems to be warming himself at a roaring bonfire. That's when he prays in a foreign tongue with English subtitles to communicate his mission.
He is from a royal Vampire clan that harbors a blind hatred for humanity while his personal desire is to unite them all and finally bring peace to Earth. Elric takes up the sword to fight with the French against the English even while his father and brother oppose him. This move creates a family clash that lasts for centuries.
Fast forward to modern times and Vampires have lived on Earth for eons but warring with each other and needing to stay beyond the reach of humans and their new technology, Elric's clan of warriors is living inside of caves along the remotest mountain regions of Montana.
When modern day environmentalists drive out into the woods in an old Jeep to stay at an old forest service cabin, the Vampire-warriors in hiding become alarmed
and collide with the researchers.
Like the slow music, Sword fighting is very similar to what you see when attending a Rennaissance Faire. Warriors sit around a campfire with blood stained faces discussing the civil war they fight.
The scenes switch back and forth from 1095 France and leap forward to 1337, then on up to present day Montana and back to 1795 France again.
PRO'S AND CONS:
Very entertaining lines spoken by the Montana tour guide named Will. For example, when his best friend is inside the cabin making out with a pregnant fiance. The tour guide quips: "He's already knocked her up. What could possibly be taking him so long?"
Beautiful Montana scenery.
Attractive talent with some very good acting.
No computer animation (movie plays out like a play on stage).
Same ideas spoken again and again by characters
FULL CAST AND CREW
NOTE TO READERS: I watched this film for free as a screener copy.