Kickstarter! Blood Kiss: A Film Noir with Vampires by Michael Reaves

I have Chris Rickert, ringmaster behind the Midnight Carnival troupe of volunteers for The Last Unicorn tour (you’ll be hearing more about this shortly), to thank for introducing me to this awesome Kickstarter. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before or it hadn’t somehow come across my radar considering the names involved with this project, but I’m so glad I got to be involved before it was over.

After I pledged, I got a note from Daniela Di Mase, one of the producers of the movie, asking if I’d like to write about it on my blog. Of course I jumped on the chance and here we are. So without further ado: Blood Kiss.

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Blood Kiss: Not Just Another Vampire Movie

There’s nothing supernatural about vampires.

My vampires, that is. In blood kiss, everything’s explained in terms of a symbiotic micro-organism that alters the vamps’ mitochondrial DNA. It renders them allergic to sunlight and silver, but they can still be reflected in mirrors and have no particular aversion to the cross. (Some might even believe in god.) They’re much stronger and faster than humans, and practically immortal to boot.

In terms of story, there’s something very seminal about the way it unfolds. Without going into specifics, I think I can safely say that it hits all the tropes of both the detective genre and the vampire genre, and does so in a very organic way.

You want to bring people to the movie’s end with the feeling that it couldn’t have ended any oher way, that the ending’s inevitability is highly satisfying, and yet they didn’t see it coming. If you can do that, you’ve created gold.” – Michael Reaves.

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That pretty much sells it for me. But if you need a bit more: Michael Reaves, who has written for Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: TNG, and so much more, is the mastermind behind this project and has pulled in quite a few of his talented friends, including Neil Gaiman (yes!), Amber Benson, and Tom Mandrake. Blood Kiss is described as classic film noir with a twist: vampires.

Honestly, I feel like I should stop there because I don’t know what else to say that would make you want to go – the story sounds genius and the list of folks taking part in this is enough for most people to cough up whatever they have in their wallets. You still have 7 days to do so too! Check out the Kickstarter page and make your pledge while you still have time. There are some excellent pledge levels and incentives to give.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and also check out their youtube channel for interviews and more videos. Including this little gem from Neil Gaiman himself:

What are you waiting for? GO PLEDGE TO BLOOD KISS!

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