INSATIABLE, THE: DVD
On his way home one night from the local store in a Los Angeles suburb, shy salesman Harry Balbo (Sean Patrick Flanery) witnesses female vampire Tatiana (Charlotte Ayannah) violently rip off her victim's head. When no one believes Harry's claims about a vampire, he sets out to trap the bloodthirsty killer. With the help of vampire hunter Strickland (Michael Biehn) and using himself as bait, Harry imprisons the beautiful Tatiana in his basement. However, with no source of flesh blood, Tatiana faces death. Not wanting to kill such a remarkable creature, Harry is faced with an impossible choice - give in to her seductive powers or save innocent lives from a gruesome fate.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon have come up with a vampire movie that's different, not just by introducing a sly sense of humour, but by devising a premise that's fresh, with a storyline that has a terrific payoff.
The film may leave purist vampire genre lovers a little short of blood, but the upside is pure entertainment. Sean Patrick Flanery is nicely nerdy as Harry, a flange salesman (yes, at American Flange, gateway to boredom) taken on the ride of his life when he witnesses a nasty head turning attack by a gorgeous young female on a homeless (and now headless) man one night. But even though he calls the cops and reports what he saw, the cops, even though this is in Los Angeles, just don't believe him (natch).
It's up to Harry, the most unlikely, unattached, unassertive of guys to become vampire hunter: but he does have some help, albeit of little use, from a real vampire hunter, in the form of Strickland (Michael Biehn), the wheelchair bound Vitenam vet who has become paranoid about vampires since an incident in Nam ....
It's when Harry captures the vampire, who calls herself Tatiana (sexy and alluring Charlotte Ayannah) that the story twists into something new, as Harry falls for her, despite everything. Nicely balanced on the edge of the absurd and the semi-gothic, The Insatiable doesn't glory in gore, but keeps us guessing until the end. And then plays its last joke.
Published September 25, 2008
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INSATIABLE, THE: DVD (M)
CAST: Sean Patrick Flanery, Charlotte Ayannah, Michael Biehn, Jon Huertas, Josh Hopkins, Boyd Kestner, Brad Rowe, Amanda Noret, Tiya Sircar
PRODUCER: Jerry Bordeaux, Javier Chapa, Tony Cinciripini
DIRECTOR: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon
SCRIPT: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mike Washlesky
EDITOR: Ryan Eaton
MUSIC: Christopher Tin
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom Cole
RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Jigsaw/ Force
DVD RELEASE: August 13, 2008