Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jay Brown, Lauren Adams, Giles Alderson, Vass Anderson, Jonathan Coyne
Director: Lawrence Pearce
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Against riverfront London's sordid backdrop of seedy nightclubs, winding streets and dark alleyways, a modern-day Jack the Ripper stalks his prey?meanwhile, troubled, newly "turned" exotic dancer Ruby and her brooding vamp... more »
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 10/24/2010...
NIGHT JUNKIES is an alternative view on the vampire legend. What if vampires weren't supernatural at all? What if they were merely blood junkies in search of their next fix?
And there's where the fun begins. Ruby is a stripper at a seedy strip club whose boss is pressuring her to expand on her "services" at the club. In the process, she attracts the attention of a truly sadistic, evil cronie who wants to make Ruby his.
While going home one night, a punk harasses Ruby and she dunks into a coffee shop. She kills some time with a young man named Vincent in order to lose the punk. The two hit off and have a romantic encounter that goes sour while Vincent bites Ruby. She panicks and leaves before understanding exactly what has happened to her.
NIGHT JUNKIES is wicked cool. It has a dark, gritty look to the film and the characters are very believable. The movie runs an hour and thirty eight minutes, but I was hooked and mesmerized till the last frame.
If vampires are your thing, if a nasty, gory thriller trips your fancy, then sink your teeth into NIGHT JUNKIES. It's bloody good fun!!
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Andrew C. (CouchSalad) from OLYMPIA, WA
Reviewed on 9/14/2010...
An interesting twist on the typical vampire story. The question is: What if vampires are regular humans (more or less) who are just addicted to blood? Could they break that addiction? Would they be human? This film deeply explores addiction. It also has some explicit sex scenes. If that is your thing, you may find it an interesting viewing.
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A GRITTY, DIFFERENT KIND OF VAMPIRE FILM
Tim Janson | Michigan | 07/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I hesitate to call Night Junkies a vampire film because it is well outside the normal convention of that genre. Night Junkies is a gritty, urban street drama about a pair of addicts, Ruby and Vincent. Only they are not addicted to drugs or alcohol---their addiction is to blood. Ruby (Katia Winter) is a dancer at a seedy London strip club. The club's owner, Maxi, is pressuring Ruby and the other dancers, to perform "other services" besides just lap dances.
Ruby meets Vincent (Giles Alderson) at a coffee house and finds herself intrigued by the handsome, brooding, and soft-spoken man. Their meeting leads to a one-night stand but turns to horror as Vincent bites Ruby on the throat. Thinking he's simply a psycho Ruby flees back to the club and into a beating from Maxi for failing to collect any money from her tryst. Ruby soon is overcome by illness and confronts Vincent who reveals what he is, and what Ruby is now. They don't use the word vampire but Vincent explains that holy water just makes them wet and garlic gives them bad breath. The sun does burn him and a bullet to the head will kill him as well as a stake through the heart.
They are junkies in every sense of the word...their addiction to blood eating away at them and creating an irresistible craving. This is especially frightening for Ruby who is terrorized by dreams of a man...perhaps her father...graphically injects himself with heroin, and falls into spastic convulsions as Ruby looks on as a child. Vincent gives Ruby a lesson in feeding, showing her how he kills only those who won't be missed and dumps their bodies into the Thames. A disgusted Ruby wants no part of killing to survive and urges Vincent to simply stop drinking blood and go cold turkey. One can speculate if it's the horror of drinking blood, or the horror of her dreams that repulses her so much.
Night Junkies is stylish film noir. The film is set entirely at night. The dingy club office of Maxi is sparsely lit and you half expect to see the shadow of a slowly rotating ceiling fan. All of the performances are impressive because they are so real. Maxi is the epitome of a slimy strip club owner. Women are mere commodities to him, to be used to keep him wealthy. Winter and Alderson give powerful yet reserved performances as Ruby and Vincent. They resist the urge to overact or over dramatize their roles and come off as tragic, yet sympathetic characters. Rene' Zagger also turns in an exceptional performance as the demented Matt, the one character in the film who is over-the-top and wickedly so...
Night Junkies is a low budget film that manages to squeeze the most it can out of the actors and the meager plot. Lawrence Pearce wrote the film and also serves as its director. Pearce's use of faint lighting and deep shadows permeates the film, and serves to perhaps hide his slight budget. Vampires aside, and the vampiric overtone is really downplayed, this is a fascinating character study of an unusual type of addiction, and a different take on the vampire genre.
REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON
J. Hubert | 09/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is obviously a movie that people either love or hate, but I absolutely loved it! The characters of Vincent and Ruby are characters that I began missing as soon as the movie was over. The storyline hooked me and the Psycho character is going to haunt my nightmares for a while. The gore wasn't too much but there are definitely some shocking scenes, but the film overall had a beautiful dark haunting quality to it. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because the DVD doesn't really have special features. Having said that, it's still well worth it for a fantastic cult movie."
Won me over with its daring new approach to the vampire genr
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 01/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found Night Junkies to be a rather bold new take on the ever-popular vampire story. I'm not saying it's a complete success, but it's interesting and different - and the result of a wholehearted effort on the part of the filmmakers, as the cinematography is just as important to the overall effect as the storyline itself. Clearly, the film won't appeal to everyone, including many a horror fan, but I don't see it as a "love it or hate it" kind of movie. I think the writers and director actually try too hard at times - if I had heard the lead male character launch into one more soliloquy equating vampirism with other kinds of addictions, I believe I might have tried jumping into my monitor a la Shocker and give him a good thrashing. Admittedly my immediate personal reaction was more ambivalent than anything else, but as I've spent time reflecting upon what I saw (as I prepared to write this review), I have come to better appreciate and respect this unconventional vampire movie.
This modern-day vampire story takes place in one of the seedier sections of London, where wretched men such as Max (looking quite Kingpin-like) control the very lives of young, hopeless girls like Ruby Stone (Katia Winter). Ruby just can't seem to get with Max's program of pimping his club's strippers out to any bloke with a hundred and fifty pounds. As if Max's constant intimidation isn't enough, Ruby also has to deal with another sick pervert of an employee who gives voice to his own obscene desires for her. Walking away from this ruinous world isn't easy, though - especially at this particular time, for a 21st-century Saucy Jack is at work in the streets, already claiming the lives of 13 prostitutes. Then one night, whether by accident or fate, Ruby meets a young fellow named Vincent Monroe (Giles Anderson), and she ends up going home with him despite the fact that he seems obsessed with the idea of vampires actually existing and looking like normal people (well, he should know). Unable to control his passions, Vincent attacks Ruby but does not kill her, leaving her no choice but to return to the strip joint for further abuse at the hands of her boss. She has no idea what Vincent has done to her until he returns to explain the changes suddenly coming over her. Linked by their mutual "addiction," Vincent and Ruby settle into a dysfunctional love affair.
I would actually consider this film a tragedy. Try as she might, Ruby just can't shake her addictions or her history. She may have quit stripping, but that doesn't mean Max and his henchmen are quite ready to let her go - nor does it mean the puny pervert at the club who was always begging her to have sex with him is just suddenly going to forget all about her, either. Then there's the vampirism thing - Ruby refuses to feed on human blood, but that's a tall order indeed. She and Vincent start popping Vicodin and similar drugs to help them overcome the tortures of withdrawal. Watching them turn to alternative addictive substances to beat their current addiction, I couldn't help but feel as if some kind of universal truth was being communicated in the most subtle of ways here.
Fate, that most capricious of gods, comes calling in the end, leaving a trail of what ifs? in his wake. It makes for a pretty powerful conclusion, one which I consider beautiful in its own way. If all you care about is blood and nudity, you'll get that in Night Junkies - but you will also get a surprisingly deep, refreshing, and dare I say existential study of the human condition along with it. This is the type of bold and daring filmmaking that is all too lacking in the movie industry these days (and I will be most interested in seeing what young writer/director Lawrence Pearce comes up with next). Night Junkies has its problems, but I think it's definitely worth seeing if you're a vampire fan."