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Therapy For A Vampire 

Wednesday, Jun 22 2016
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There have been many vampire comedies over the decades, and even in recent years, but David Rühm's Therapy for a Vampire may be the first screwball vampire comedy. Count Geza (Tobias Moretti) is a vampire in the 1930s (the screwball era, appropriately enough) who's bored of his centuries-long marriage to Elsa (Jeanette Hain), who herself has become obsessed with finally seeing her face again. Geza commissions Sigmund Freud's assistant Viktor (Dominic Oley) to paint Elsa's portrait, but Viktor can only bring himself to paint the face of his tomboyish brunette girlfriend Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan), who, when Viktor paints her a sexy blond lady, happens to be a dead (well, living) ringer for Geza's long-lost, pre-Elsa love — and then things get complicated. Therapy for a Vampire lacks the postmodern hipness of the recent What We Do in the Shadows, instead reframing classic vampire tropes in a battle-of-the-sexes comedy, and paying homage to the texture of early horror films while taking advantage of modern technology. But the key is the proudly silly script, which packs in every pun it can — and a few it probably shouldn't have — while indulging in wordplay such as "I want you the way you were before I wanted you to be the way I wanted." Who knew German could be made even more tongue-twisty?

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