In 1995 Alyssa Milano decided to try and shed her child actor persona and stepped into an adult role in a big way with Embrace of the Vampire. In a world of remakes it is a surprise it has taken this long, but the cult classic film has finally gotten a remake aptly titled Embrace of the Vampire. This film doesn’t have the same anticipation of the Milano factor of the original, but is it still able to live up to what the original set out to deliver?
Embrace of the Vampire follows a timid and sheltered teen who has just left an all-girls Catholic school for a new life at a co-ed university. But when an ancient evil beings tormenting her with disturbing nightmares and tempting her with forbidden desires it becomes a battle for her soul and threatens to unleash her own inner beast, and anyone even close to her. This is one of those remakes that was unnecessary, but also for a film that won’t cause any uproar amongst fans. This film deals with the sexuality as well, but also manages to bring even more of the vampire carnage. It’s far from a horror film, but does deliver some decent gore and vampire moments still taking fans back to the core of what a vampire film should be with blood, fangs, and sensuality as opposed to sparkly nonsense. The performances weren’t anything all that great, but do a decent job helping this film move forward. The story uses a lot of the same elements from the original but manages to still feel like a different movie, but in a good way.
This film isn’t breaking any new ground in the genre, but does work pretty well for what it is trying to do. There are sorts of vampire films out there, but this is one that fans from both the Twilight and the old school style fandom can enjoy. It’s rare to get the real erotic vampire film these days, but what better one to step out of the darkness than a remake of one of the most cult hits of them all.