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A Tale of Two Sisters Twin sisters Lara (Eilis Cahill) and Helen (Devon Dionne) Baxter couldn’t be more different. Lara is a black-haired goth who has a shrine to Anne Rice in her candle-lit room and enjoys solitary walks in the cemetery while blonde Helen is a vegetarian cheerleader who has all the local letter-jacketed testeronies buzzing around her and mocks her sister's overuse of eyeliner. Their brother Raymond (Michael Strelow) is a closet case medical student who still lives at home and collects rubber bands. Rounding out the happy family is Mom (Jo Jo Hristova), an ex-professional skater from a foreign suppressed land close enough to Transylvania to make her immediately suspicious.
The twins' feud reaches a boiling point when Helen makes the moves on Lara's secret crush, prompting the dark sister to cast a voodoo curse on Helen involving a cut up Barbie, some hair strands, and a few cage-free eggs whipped gently with teenage hate and crested with a nice firm cow’s heart. The next morning, Helen wakes up with a severe nosebleed, and although a doctor assures the family that it's nothing to worry about, it doesn't take long before the poor girl is dead and Lara is overcome with guilt.
Grieving from their loss, Helen’s family members each reach for their own brand of comfort. Mrs. Baxter seeks solace in the arms of the church, Lara becomes more subdued in her rituals, and Raymond sets to work breaking down the oddities in his sister’s blood (which he collected during her nosebleed.) There he discovers a virus - one that feeds on red blood cells is sensitive to ultra-violet light. Suddenly there is a knock at the door.
Helen, covered in blood, is standing outside still draped in her body bag. Fortunately for Mom's heart (but unfortunately for Helen's mortician), it's not her blood: apparently, she is now a full-fledged vampire, and she was just a little hungry when she awoke on her slab. The family quickly realizes that they will need to find a steady supply of "sacrifices" to cope with their newfound dilemma, but the problem here is that Helen is still a vegan, and besides... killing innocent people doesn't gel with the family's religious beliefs. So begins a bizarre mixture of horror, dark comedy, and family drama as the Baxters attempt to keep their family together.
Compiled from reviews by Emily Blunt, Sarah Jahier, Chad Connelly, Kimberly Swan, and The Video Vixen
What people are saying:
"Thicker than Water is a brilliant and welcome return to the real vampire genre." ~ James Latimer, Bram Stoker International Film Festival
Winner: Best Actress - Eilis Cahill"If I had to choose one word to describe Thicker Than Water, it would be 'fresh'. A fresh approach to the vampire tale.
Winner: Best Supporting Actress - Jo Jo Hristova
Winner: Best Soundtrack
Nominated: Best Picture
~ Joe Jenkins, Horror UK
Nominated: Best Screenplay
"Thicker Than Water has heart, spirit, and devotion to both the genre and the craft of filmmaking."
~ Claw, Terror Film Festival
"Poignant and beautiful."
"A bold new vision of what vampires are and what films about them can be." David Greenberg "A defining moment in the modern interpretation of the myth." Gabriell Faust
"I was shocked. I generally hate vampire movies."
"The ensemble cast digs deep into the metaphor-rich script and mix as well together as any potion capable of unleashing the undead persona that lurks in the farthest reaches of us all." James Wegg Review "A devilish and spicy marinated vampire brew of bratty burb teen, stylishly rude angst and undead wicked charm."
"Drags vampire myth kicking and screaming somewhere its never been before. The Suburbs!" Magda Mook
"The blackness of the humor is quite merciless."
"I have seen the future of horror and it is Phil Messerer."Herb West"One hell of a fun ride." And for those who have already been bitten - Part 2:
Welcome to The Facility, a vampire prison, where the vampire queen has just been caged. Synopsis:
(spoiler alert if you haven't seen part 1)
Helen Baxter, 16 year-old vampire, has been captured and is being held in The Facility, a top secret Pyramid complex where vampires are studied and pinned against one another in gladiatorial combat. Meanwhile, her foster sister, Lara, is introduced into the vampire community, a species of ancient beings led by a group called The Elders. Vampires are human for their first 16 years of life and are generally left with human foster families so their real parents don’t eat them. Lara learns that Helen is really the daughter of Oya, the original vampire, and is set to become the vampire queen if only she can escape from The Facility, a prison from which only one vampire has ever escaped. But that vampire was she, at the ripe old age of one day. How did she do it? And will she be able to do it again? Will Lara help her foster sister? Or will she exact her revenge on Helen, whom she blames for the death of her family. The mythology is completely original with a concerted focus on realism. These vampires are completely natural, there is nothing mystical about them. They are a species, not some walking undead. The Serpent Queen introduces us to a world whose inhabitants know the secrets of the ages, are witnesses to history and may intend to destroy all of humanity… depending on how angry we make their new queen. Prepare to be shocked, terrified and challenged. This is not your father’s vampire flick.
Phil MessererWriter / Director