Jure “Joe” Alilovic (Vanja Kapetanovic) loves the nightlife. He loves nothing more than to go out, pick somebody up at a bar and have his way with them. Jure lives with his girlfriend, Darya (Gabriella Toth), but after one particularly crazy night, Darya has had enough and decides that it’s time to move on.
The trouble is that they both are vampires and although Jure’s bloodlust is unquenchable, Darya feels that she has a good handle on it. However, she can’t be certain how long it will be before she gives in to her urges.
Blood from Stone is a dramatic horror movie written, shot and directed by Geoff Ryan. An unusual movie that doesn’t follow the trends of vampire movies that only appeal to teenage girls, nor does it rely on the traditional vampire movie tropes. Instead, Blood from Stone tells the story of a woman who got into a bad relationship and needs to move on despite the affect that her ex has and the hold he has over her.
In fact, take away the vampires and Blood from Stone is still a decent drama, it’s just that when the movie does remind its audience that its cast are creatures of the night it can feel a little jarring. One minute, Jure is talking about how he feels in a world that has changed while he hasn’t and the next, he’s sinking his teeth into somebody’s neck.
For those who enjoy a decent drama and want to see something of the more supernatural variety without the scares then Blood from Stone may appeal to you, otherwise those expecting a horror movie with more bite may be disappointed.
The script is very good, the movie is beautifully shot and the characters cast play it well, it just feels like the drama could have worked just as well without vampires, making the movie feel like it was made for vampires rather than an audience who enjoy watching them.
There’s certainly something for everyone in Blood from Stone and Geoff Ryan is a great director, but perhaps he could have chosen one theme or the other and stuck with it.
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