23 December 2014

THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE (Der Vampir auf der Couch)


Original Title:
Der Vampir auf der Couch

Working Title:
Im Schatten des Spiegels

Austria / Switzerland, 2014
Director: David Rühm


I first heard of this movie just a couple of weeks ago, and before I had a chance to read up about it, it already hit Austrian cinemas! Contrary to my rather low expectations - because contemporary German-language vampire-themed films are mostly bad (I'm looking at you, "We are the Night"!) - it was actually an unexpectedly pleasant surprise!

David Rühm's ("El Chicko") first feature film in 17(!) years
is a marvellously amusing horror comedy following vampire count Geza von Kösznöm who's visiting groundbreaking neurologist Sigund Freud because he's bored of his life and frustrated of the "eternally long" relationship with his wife Elsa who's constantly complaining about the fact that she's not able to look at herself in the mirror anymore.

With a splendid script, a stellar cast and huge amounts of charmingly quirky humor, Rühm created a wonderfully entertaining film full of splendid ideas, hilarious characters and funny dialogue, excellently paced and directed, beautifully filmed by Austria's currently most interesting, most exciting cinematographer Martin Gschlacht ("Goodnight Mommy", "Im Keller"), accompanied by the vibrant music of Bernd Jungmair ("The Wall").

"Therapy of a Vampire" offers some well-looking CGI effects, an unexpectedly high amount of very decent gore (no CGI, thank goodness!) and some of the most imaginative editing I've seen all year (Claudio Cea, "My Fight"). Cool cuts, terrific transitions - nice! The entire cast is fun, great chemistry, great performances, especially by Veteran actor Tobias Moretti ("The Dark Valley") as grumpy count, the stunningly gorgeous Jeanette Hain ("The Forbidden Girl") as badass countess, the underrated Karl Fischer ("Dead in 3 Days") as quaint version of Sigmund Freud + age-old Austrian acting legend Erni Mangold ("Before Sunrise"), cutie Cornelia Ivancan ("The Fifth Estate") and Lars Rudolph ("Run Lola Run").

If you enjoyed recent vampire comedies like "Only Lovers Left Alive" or "What We Do in the Shadows", you will definitely love "Therapy for a Vampire" too.
Austria ftw! :-)


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