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Very interesting film. Was caught on the premise when seeing the trailer but unsure as to what the outcome would be for the showing. As it turns out, it was a very good film.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
The plot: A vampire infiltrates the off-Broadway community, intending to feed on the cast and crew, after putting on his avant-garde re-interpretation of Hamlet.When I saw the title, I figured this was going to be an unwatchable mess. Still, since I'm such a huge fan of Stoppard's play, I figured that I'd give it a chance. Hell, I've watched more Troma movies than anyone I know, so it's not like I have any right to say that I have standards.I steeled myself for lame theater puns and ironic references to the Stoppard play, but I was actually quite surprised. Yes, there are lame theater puns and a couple references to the Stoppard play, but this is more properly a parody of Hamlet and Dracula. Depending on your tolerance for unsophisticated humor, you may even find it funny. It's not really all that witty or intelligent, but it's stupid and wacky enough to be mildly amusing, much like Troma movies.6/10 might be a bit generous, but, for those us out there who are very easily amused, I think you could do worse.
A dark theater Off-Off Broadway NYC, a mysterious theater owner and an out-of-work stage director deliver giggles galore. With a soundtrack that makes one feel that Sean Lennon has finally found his groove. Musican Jordan Galland directs and stars Jake Hoffman, Devon Aoki,Kris Lemche, and John Ventimiglia as the mysterious vampire theater owner. Along with a wonderful performance by Ralph Macchio.Brilliant low-budget horror-comedy a must see for anyone who loves indie films ! The script seems amateurish at times as does the acting of the supporting characters (not the above mentioned but Carlos Velazquez and Mike Landry should keep their day jobs), but this director really brings it home. Filming on a shoestring is an difficult journey to take, but all the great directors begin that way. The sets are functional and used masterfully to bring the story along I cannot wait to see something mainstream by this young man
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead is quite 'brilliant' cleverly written & directed by Jordan Galland with the exceptionally beautiful musical score by Sean Lennon which seems to breathe life and color to the story and the players ,they have successfully brought new life to Shakespeares characters , not an easy feat by any means.Everything in this film works seamlessly ,the players the direction , the musical score I have always thought 'arthouse' was the most pure and authentic of all film making, it is from here that some of the best films ever made have been born.Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead will certainly live on.If you are really really "lucky" you get the opportunity to share in something truly special such is the experience of seeing the work of a brilliant young film maker , Jordan has sealed his place in the world of film making with this iconic production ,and as he continues to write and produce other works he will join the list of outstanding film makers
Kevin G Shinnick
I sometimes wonder if I am watching the same film as some of the major reviewers. Reuters,The NY Times,and many others have slammed this delightful indie film that is finally getting a release(it was shot in 2007).The quirky horror comedy with a NY Off-Off Broadway Theatre backdrop held my attention from the moment it started and when it was over I wanted to watch it again! The "True" story of HAMLET is finally to be told, and it involves vampires(having seen so many groups try to update/improve Shakespeare, by placing JULIUS CAESAR in space for example, the idea of a group having a bloodsucking Gloomy Dane seemed less far fetched to me!).The cast is wonderful (kudos Hoffman,Ventimiglia,Zien,and Lemche ), the jokes actually work, and the technical aspects are slick but not overly flashy (no quick cuts to make the film seem more exciting than it is ). As a working union actor and a long time horror fan(including working on SCARLET THE FILM MAGAZINE),I think I can offer an informed opinion to how well the film works as a satire on theatre and the ever-growing fright genre. Recommended to anyone who likes quirky original well acted cinema.