|Andrew takes a look at the new vampire thriller from Artsploitation, Children of the Night.|
|"The Church of Scientology"|
Shot on high definition digital video at the unusual frame rate of 29 frames per second as opposed to the usual 24, Children of the Night occasionally looks very beautiful with the remote Argentinian countryside and other times the handheld cinematography looks downright inept. Largely shot at night in soft focus, many scenes of action are so dimly lit you can't see anything, detracting from the staged bloodshed and mayhem ensuing. For an ostensibly practical effects driven film, all the work is wasted by shooting it in such low light levels. Not to mention the gross out gags aren't particularly original. There are a few surprises near the end involving kids playing jump rope with intestines and soccer with a severed head but even that just feels like wannabe Eli Roth. You know you're in serious trouble when you look to someone like Roth as a source of inspiration. The closest thing to an original gross out gag in the film involves a human victim bound and chained with a garden hose valve surgically affixed to his belly button whenever the little kids feel like a swig. Every now and again a halfway decent setup will present itself such as a crane shot lifting above the elder overseeing the orphanage as children encircle her and the close-ups of actors faces lit in amber light don't look bad.
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