Anne Fedder (Barbara Crampton) is the wife of Pastor Jakob Fedder (Larry Fessenden) and that’s all that she feels she’ll ever be. She used to have dreams and aspirations, but life had other plans and she finds herself stuck in a rut where her husband takes her for granted. Then one day she meets up with an old flame and finds that there’s still an attraction between them.
However, after a horrific accident, Anne finds herself under the control of a vampire who’s closing in on her location at home. Anne was longing for a change in her life, something that made her feel more alive, but this was hardly what she was expecting.
Jakob’s Wife is a horror comedy from director and co-writer Travis Stevens. Starring one of the queens of horror, this seems like the perfect vehicle for fans of Crampton’s work and her legacy in horror. Starting out slowly, the audience gets to see Anne’s life and what she has to contend with.
Whereas Jakob isn’t an abusive or uncaring man, it’s easy to see how they’ve come this far in their marriage and how Anne feels like second best to Jakob’s work. This lays the groundwork for what could have been an interesting marital drama, but this being a horror movie, after Anne has her illicit meeting the tone of the films shifts radically.
Another direction that the film could have gone in was a full-on comedy about a woman who thinks she’s losing herself in her marriage only to be bitten by a vampire and see life in a totally different way. Jakob’s Wife does indeed do this and there are some funny moments, but it seems like the movie doesn’t want to stay there for that long.
After a while it shifts in tone yet again and where it seems like the script has run out of jokes on an original premise, it goes back to the standard and predictable hunt to bring down the master vampire. The trouble is that the tone is so inconsistent throughout.
There are some good jokes and the metaphor is clear although it’s not subtle, there are even some nice moments between Anne and Jakob as they rekindle their marriage, but it feels like the movie should have picked one theme and stuck with it. There are some ambitious ideas behind the concept and some great visual effects for those horror fans who like buckets of blood, but Jakob’s Wife could have been more streamlined to tell a more satisfying story.
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