Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 16th, 2015
BluRay released: October 6th, 2015
Approximate running times: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Spanish
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French
BluRay Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $22.99
Vampires have long been a staple of the horror genre. With films as far back as F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and Tod Browning’s Dracula widely being considered the two landmark films which inspired countless other films about Vampires. In more recent times Vampires have undergone their most extensive makeovers as teen themed series like The Twilight Films have turned this once horrific entity into something more accessible. Fortunately every now and then there is a film which retains the essence of Bram Stocker’s archetypical character. Case in point, Iván Noel’s take on the vampire Children of the Night.
The opening set of Children of the Night does a great job laying the ground work of who everyone is and what their motivations are? Especially when it comes to this film’s pint sized pubescent creatures of the night. Another strength of this film is that by having those who have become vampires so young. It outwardly allows them to be more deceptive and along the way gain years of knowledge that usually comes as someone grows old. This also extends to what are depicted as this film’s bad guys, a group of men who are determined to exterminate all of the children vampires. When it reality this is not so much a tale about good verse evil, as much as it is evil verse a lesser evil.
Though things slow down a tad by the middle. This is also the time where the film spends showing these children vampires in their environment. And it is during this section of the where an adult reporter named Alicia starts to form a bound with the children. Needless to say the good vastly outweighs the bad during this act of the film. With the film’s final act serving up an unforgettable final showdown between children vampires and those trying to exterminate them. Also for those who have been wondering about bloodshed the majority of it occurs during this final act.
Children of the Night comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This transfer does a great job retaining the intended look of the film. Also there are no issues with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Spanish. The audio is clean, clear and balanced. With the score for the film sounds robust and other ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented throughout. Also included with this release are three subtitles options, English, English SDH and French.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (1 minute 24 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles), a ‘Making of’ featurette (22 minutes 30 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles) and an audio commentary with screenwriter / director Ivan Noel, in English.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, how with this film he wanted to make a film that translated well with American audiences, the look of the film and the equipment he used to photograph this film, the score for the film, how to be creative on a limited budget, the cast and thoughts on their performances, key sequences and the film’s ending discussed.
Note: Artsploitation Films are also releasing this film on DVD.