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DVD Review: 'Celluloid Man'

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★★★★☆Cinematic fanaticism has been tackled in factual form before, perhaps most notably in Xan Cassavetes' Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (a title which would equally befit this film). But while the subject of that feature, Jerry Harvey, proved to be a dark and ultimately tragic personality, the legendary lead figure in director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's fascinating 2012 debut Celluloid Man (released last year in India to tie in with the country's centenary of home-grown cinema) proves to be both a heroic and endearing advocate of film conservation. Indian cinema is a hugely prolific industry, and that was also the case during the silent era, which saw several hundred titles churned out.
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Strasbourg 2013 Interview: Xan Cassavetes On Shooting Sex, Sibling Rivalry, And The Vampire's Kiss

Xan Cassavetes has had one hell of a showbiz story. Daughter of John and Gena, she made her screen debut in her father's films Husbands and Minnie and Moskowitz. Trawling the Lower East Side art-punk scene during early 80's, she found herself at both Krs-One and Madonna's very first shows. Later, she toured for almost ten years with the group Shrine before taking up the family business in 2004 with the documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession. We spoke this past fall at the incredible Strasbourg International Fantastic Film Festival, where her erotic vampire feature KIss of the Damned took the top prize. How many times do you get to write that? Twitch: Let's start with a softball question. Why chose this as your fiction debut? Well, I didn't choose it...

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Kiss of the Damned: Blu-ray/DVD Release Details and Cover Art

Kiss of the Damned will be heading to Blu-ray and DVD on July 23rd, and we have the full list of bonus features, along with a look at the cover art.

“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia) but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.”

Kiss of the Damned was directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber
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“Twilight’s Fine, But It’s for Children:” Xan Cassavetes on Kiss of the Damned

Could John Cassavetes’ children, all of whom have grabbed his passed torch, be any more different? Son Nick has dabbled in gritty crime fare (Alpha Dog) and mainstream melodrama (The Notebook), daughter Zoe helmed Broken English and has ties to the fashion biz, and now eldest daughter Alexandra — or “Xan,” for short — has carried on the tradition, making her own distinct narrative directorial debut with the vampire romance Kiss of the Damned after previously making the cinephilic doc Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession. Adamantly stylized, worldly, and nostalgic, Kiss of the Damned, which Xan also wrote, joins Neil …
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Review: 'Kiss Of The Damned' Is An Intoxicatingly Lusty Homage To Old School Horror

Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of John Cassavetes and the director of the wonderful film world documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession," wrote and directed "Kiss of the Damned" with a wink and a nod so overt that, from the opening credit sequence, which closely mimics the similarly-titled Hammer horror movie "Lust for the Vampire," it runs dangerously close to becoming a ninety-minute game of Spot The Reference. Thankfully, the knowingness never becomes too cloying, and what Cassavetes lacks in technical proficiency, she more than makes up for in a kind of heartfelt conviction sorely lacking in the genre. Story-wise, everything in "Kiss of the Damned" you've seen before (in the production notes, Cassavetes states that she was "not a fanatical vampire person"). But its simplicity is never a hindrance, often acting a charming framework for her characters to play (and spill blood) in; for once familiarity works in its favor.
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Kiss of the Damned | Review

Nothing Human Loves Forever: Cassavetes’ Feature Debut Gloriously Vintage

Xan Cassavetes joins the family directorial legacy with her feature debut, Kiss of the Damned, a deliciously vintage throwback to the erotic horror output of the Hammer studio heyday. Previously, this Cassavetes was responsible for a 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, and her fiction debut seems considerably removed both from her own work and that of the familial output. A visual feast with a killer sound design, she manages to invoke Stephanie Rothman and Jean Rollin, where naughty immortal creatures from the dark side explore a bloodlust as inextinguishable as their sexual desires.

Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), a beautiful, lovelorn vampire residing in a remote mansion in the Connecticut countryside spends her nights hunting animals in the surrounding woods and watching vintage cinema. The residence belongs to Xenia (Anna Mougalalis), an actress and older, wiser vampire, but the estate
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Kiss of the Damned Blu-ray Release Date and Theater List

Magnet Releasing already brought Kiss of the Damned to VOD and digital download services before its limited theatrical release in May. If you’re holding out for the Blu-ray/DVD version, a release date has just been revealed, and we also have a list of locations that will be screening the film.

According to Blu-ray.com, the movie will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 23rd. At this time a list of bonus features is not available, but we’ll have additional details closer to July. The theatrical release begins on May 3rd and we’ve included a list of dates/cities below.

“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story
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New Clip from Kiss of the Damned

Magnet Releasing has already released Kiss of the Damned to VOD and digital download services before its limited theatrical release in May. If you’d like to get a better idea of what to expect from the movie, take a look at this new Nsfw clip.

“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia) but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.”

Kiss of the Damned was directed by Xan Cassavetes
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New Featurette for Kiss of the Damned

Magnet Releasing has made Kiss of the Damned available on VOD and digital download services before it limited theatrical release in May. If you’d like to learn more about the movie, we have a newly released featurette and the red band theatrical trailer.

“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia) but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.”

Kiss of the Damned was directed by Xan Cassavetes and
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Kiss of the Damned — A Hammer To Nail Review

(Kiss of the Damned world premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. It becomes available on VOD on March 28, 2013, and opens theatrically on May 3rd. Visit the film’s page at Magnet Releasing to learn more. Note: This review was written in conjunction with the film’s North American premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.) One of the most accomplished and engaging North American premieres I saw at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival was a genre film, the first fiction feature by Xan Cassavetes. Xan is the daughter of cinema legends John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands. Her first film, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, was a documentary about …
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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Kiss of the Damned'

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Kiss of the Damned'
If you're the sort of horror fan who is old (or thorough) enough to be familiar with the late-era Hammer Films movies as well as the salacious European genre films from Roger Vadim, Jean Rollin, and Roman Polanski, there's a very good chance you'll enjoy what writer/director Xan Cassavetes has to offer here. Forged from some fine cinematic DNA (her parents are John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands!) and director of the rather fascinating 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, Ms. Cassavetes' first feature seems like it was cobbled together from A) fond memories of sexy horror movies, B) an obvious affection for old-school vampire tales, and C) a touch of disgust for how childishly neutered our cinematic vampires have become.

In other words, Kiss of the Damned is quiet but consistently interesting, more than clever enough to make horror fans happy, and overtly sexy in a way that only
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SXSW Review: 'Kiss Of The Damned' Is An Intoxicatingly Lusty Homage To Old School Horror

Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of John Cassavetes and the director of the wonderful film world documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession," wrote and directed "Kiss of the Damned" with a wink and a nod so overt that, from the opening credit sequence, which closely mimics the similarly-titled Hammer horror movie "Lust for the Vampire," it runs dangerously close to becoming a ninety-minute game of Spot The Reference. Thankfully, the knowingness never becomes too cloying, and what Cassavetes lacks in technical proficiency, she more than makes up for in a kind of heartfelt conviction sorely lacking in the genre. Story-wise, everything in "Kiss of the Damned" you've seen before (in the production notes, Cassavetes states that she was "not a fanatical vampire person"). But its simplicity is never a hindrance, often acting a charming framework for her characters to play (and spill blood) in; for once familiarity works in its favor.
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Check Out the Hot New Red Band Trailer for 'Kiss of the Damned'

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Check Out the Hot New Red Band Trailer for 'Kiss of the Damned'
The latest feature film from writer/director Xan Cassavetes (daughter of cinema legend John Cassavetes), whose documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession won acclaim among cult TV fans, Kiss of the Damned is the erotically-charged tale of the relationship between screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia of Heroes and Pathology) and rogue vampire Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), which leads to Paolo's transformation into one of the undead and puts them both in jeopardy from Djuna's sinister sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida, Sheitan), who can't control her own predatory impulses.     If the new red-band trailer from Magnet is any indication, it looks like the film stirs up gothic and modern vampire conventions in a stylish, highly sensual (and kinda kinky) melting pot, with lots of steamy sex and impressive bloodletting... and this gorgeous advance poster, which recalls the sexy bloodsuckers of Jean Rollin, has me completely hooked.     Kiss of the Damned is slated
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Red Band Trailer Released for “Kiss of the Damned”

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Last week, Magnet Releasing announced VOD plans and a limited theatrical run for Kiss of the Damned. They have now released a red band trailer for the upcoming vampire movie, and we have it for you to watch.

“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia) but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.”

Kiss of the Damned was directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Joséphine de La Baume (One
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New Poster and Release Details for Kiss of the Damned

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Magnet Releasing acquired Kiss of the Damned last September and plans to release it in multiple stages over the next few months. If you’re interested in learning more, we have updated release details and a new poster.

“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia) but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.”

Kiss of the Damned was directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Joséphine de La Baume (One
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Check Out the Sexy Poster for 'Kiss of the Damned,' Plus a Chat with Director Xan Cassavetes

Last week SXSW unveiled this year's midnight movie lineup and it looks to be a twisted mix of titles from a wide range of genre niches. And as you might guess from the title, Kiss of the Damned has the vampire corner covered, and judging from the poster Magnet Releasing has given us to premiere, this doesn't look like your average vampire movie. If it brings to mind Europe's more erotic-tinged horror movies of the '60s and '70s, that's certainly intentional, but when we spoke to writer-director Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) about her latest film, she cautioned that it's not strictly the homage-filled movie the poster implies. It's eye-catching, to say the least, but apparently it's not just a simple throwback film...

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Magnet Acquires Kiss of the Damned

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Magnet Releasing is the genre division of Magnolia Pictures and previously acquired such films as The Innkeepers and V/H/S. They have recently announced that their latest acquisition is the vampire film Kiss of the Damned:

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan CassavetesKiss Of The Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday, September 7th.

Starring Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, “Heroes”), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (Jack and Diane, The Runaways), Kiss Of The Damned is a DeerJen/Verisimilitude production in association with Bersin Pictures. Produced by Jen Gatien and Alex Orlovsky, executive producers were Adam S. Bersin, Jacob Pechenik, Riaz Tyab and Jon Vinnik.
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Kiss of the Damned Acquired by Magnet Releasing

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Kiss of the Damned Acquired by Magnet Releasing
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan Cassavetes' Kiss of the Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday September 7th.

Starring Josephine de la Baume (One DayOne Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, Heroes), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (Jack and Diane, The Runaways), Kiss of the Damned is a DeerJen/Verisimilitude production in association with Bersin Pictures. Produced by Jen Gatien and Alex Orlovsky, executive producers were Adam S. Bersin, Jacob Pechenik, Riaz Tyab and Jonathan Vinnik.

With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s.
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Magnet Administers the Kiss of the Damned

I feel like it's been a long while since we spoke about a new vampire flick coming our way, but alas, the good folks over at Magnet have secured the rights to one, and it sounds like a winner. Read on for details and a still!

From the Press Release

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan CassavetesKiss Of The Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday, September 7th.

Starring Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, “Heroes”), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (Jack and Diane, The Runaways), Kiss Of The Damned is a DeerJen/Verisimilitude production in association with Bersin Pictures. Produced by Jen Gatien and Alex Orlovsky,
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Magnet to Distribute Kiss of the Damned

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan Cassavetes' Kiss of the Damned , an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday September 7th. The film stars Joséphine de La Baume ( One Day ), Milo Ventimiglia ( Rocky Balboa , .Heroes.), Roxane Mesquida ( Rubber ) and Riley Keough ( Jack and Diane , The Runaways ). With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes ( Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession ) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the '60s and '70s. Kiss of the Damned is the...
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