So Vam (2021)
August 23, 2022 3:09 PM - Subscribe

Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and killed, he is rescued just in time to be resurrected by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire he finally knows empowerment and belonging, but his killer is still out there: creating new minions with their own rotten hatred and threatening all that he loves. Until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free, but this time he need not face it alone.

Directed, produced, and co-written by filmmaker Alice Maio Mackay, a 17 year old trans woman from Adelaide, Australia.

A Shudder original. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Is this movie as amazing as it sounds???
posted by supermedusa at 5:56 PM on August 23, 2022 [1 favorite]

Yes, but boy howdy do you need to pay attention to the trigger warnings at the beginning if you've ever been bullied.
posted by Mogur at 1:01 PM on August 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

It's fun. It's got a bit of Precocious Young Person Telling You How It All Is in places, but the sheer audacity of a teen making a feature like this makes it hard not to like. Heck, it's sort of a treat to hear from a smug know it all young person who isn't a cishet dude. And overwrought heart-on-the-sleeve plays a little better on a teen drag queen.

And no, they aren't kidding about the bullying scenes.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:32 AM on August 27, 2022

My very favorite bad captioning ever is in this film.

Foul-mouthed Aussie street toughs calling each other "Kant" is hilarious.--

The Paste review linked in the sidebar has it pretty well.
Its technical motions are janky and unpolished, but that doesn’t discredit Mackay’s stronger voice as a storyteller and scene composer. So Vam is a tale of intent versus execution, masking low-budget gumption with passionate narrations.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:42 AM on August 27, 2022

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