An Amazing Gothic Vampire Sojourn (by monstergail138)
After waiting what seemed to be a lifetime to see this film, Styria was finally released on Hulu Plus. It was worth the wait. Everything about this film is designed to challenge your senses. The pacing, the art direction, the cinematography, the score, everything about this film is used to draw you in. The boldness that the filmmakers showed in modernizing such an amazing story was a gamble that easily paid off. If you took the best parts of Murnau's Nosferatu and Fukunaga's Jane Eyre and blended them together, this is the movie that would emerge. This is easily one of the best <more>
vampire films of the last 20 years. Sheridan Le Fanu would be proud of this adaptation.
Excellent work! Its hard to find a movie like Styria in these days (by santiagodommar)
Styria comprising all the elements of a renown film, and it will stay on the collective unconscious of those who know which are the real condiments so difficult to achieve, practically, its not only an excellent work of direction of Mauricio Chernovetzki and Mark Devendorf, its an impeccable work of production design, an exquisite photography, and the art work its nothing less than a luxury. With actors like Stephen Rea, Eleanor Tomlinson and Julia Petrucha make the shape for a classic work and one of the few that will stay on the memory of people that really appreciate art works like Styria. <more>
Its a shame that always be the movie dealers or business mans that chose the target, most of the time a commercial one. But nonetheless, its classic work
Wow, I haven't seen a movie like this in a long time. This is a classical Gothic experience, set in the 1980s. In Hungary. Dang it. Long story time: It's beautifully shot, especially considering the relative newcomer status of the Directors there's two by the way . The script really shows the work that was put into it, that they worked it until it was the best possible version of the story possible. The story, by the way is an adaptation of Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. It's a vampire tale in the most classical of molds, though it's also a tale of modern youth done so <more>
seamlessly that the fantastical elements could easily be the product of a troubled mind, though the mental illness aspect is still treated rather realistically . Actually it hands a certain problematic part of culture cutting. I'll say it. The main character was a cutter very well, not promoting it nor demonizing it. The acting is fantastic, Stephen Rea providing a decent performance as the distracted dad ergo not in it very much but being focal to the resolution , Julia Pietrucha turns in a very decent performance as the seductive and mysterious Carmilla, but Eleanor Tomlinson is the eyes of the movie. She provides a character that is tortured, yet curious, enthralled, yet wishing for freedom. The location is one of a kind and provided a greater character to the scenes. This movie needs to be seen and supported, as film like this needs to be made. It's available on Amazon and Itunes as Angels of Darkness, so check it out if you have the chance.
Seductive mystery that will pull you in and never let go (by a-m-iosjpe)
One of the most beautiful cinematic experiences I have had in ages, "Styria" is a film like no other. It is at once a creepy little Gothic romance and a psychological drama - a rich and complex film that flirts with death, guilt and suicide, but does so in such a seductive way that it makes it utterly irresistible. The performances firmly ground the film in an emotional reality, whilst making the ancient metaphors, dreams and nightmares flesh. But like all great films it remains a mystery and far more than the sum of its parts. Like the castle in which the story plays out, <more>
"Styria" begs us to return back to it and go deeper, beyond the layers of history and narrative, into something very primal and very beautiful.
I just saw this movie on Hulu Plus. I hadn't heard of it. But I love Stephen Rea, so I decided to see what it was all about. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! This is not your typical supernatural horror movie. It's a slow burn. But there's so much beauty in every image. And there are a lot of visual references and historical layers. I very taken by Eleanor Tomlinson's performance as Lara. And after watching I did some research and realized it is an adaptation of a novella called Carmilla. Now I know what I'll be doing this weekend! I wish more movies were made like <more>
this today, atmospheric, beautiful, and full of interesting details!
Styria Aka Angels of Darkness is a superbly made independent Gothic thriller. I noticed one of the reviewers was thoroughly confused. I guess some people like movies like their chain restaurants. Not me. I was excited to let go and experience something unique and unexpected. The title of Angels of Darkness doesn't do this film justice. It's way to generic and unsubtle. This film is more like a classic supernatural tale. It's very dreamlike and beautifully shot. The acting is wonderful as well. I think the key to watching this film is letting go of expectations about what a <more>
supernatural movie or a vampire story should be about. There are lots of ideas and well explored themes. But I think the the thing that I loved the most was the overall MOOD! I can't wait to watch it again!
Beautiful but Different, Delirious, and Dank Retelling of "Carmella" (by LeonLouisRicci)
Made by Foreign Directors, Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf, in a Foreign Land, this Update of Carmella looks and Feels Foreign when Compared to Stateside Movies of its Type.It is Better because of it. The Film is Dark, Dank, and Depressingly Decaying with its use of a Remote Castle in a Far Away Land of an Era Gone by. The Good Cast also Lend some Eeriness to the Proceedings.The Organic Sets, that needed No Embellishment, and the Classic Story of a Lesbian Vampire is right at Home in the Undergrowth. The Movie always seems Disconnected from Modern Times, even though the Soundtrack, the <more>
Troubled Teen, and other things are Distinctively Today. More like a Crack in Space-Time Existing Simultaneously. This lends the Film an Other Worldly Template that befits the Gothic Subject Matter. It Echoes Universal and Hammer Horror at Times.The Third Act opens up to some Serious Bloodletting and the Storytelling may Lose a bit Over the Course of the Movie. But, Overall it is an Oddity of a Film that is surely Worth a Watch for Vampire, and Horror Movie Fans in general. Others Might Even Enjoy it because it is Anything but Typical.Note...Also known as "Angels of Darkness".
Brings back, what little people know of, the true beginning of the Vampire legends. (by mschneids89)
THIS IS HOW VAMPIRES CAME TO BE. THE MODERN WAY PEOPLE THINK OF VAMPIRES IS ONLY ABOUT 200 YEARS OLD. ALL THE REVIEWS WHO THOUGHT IT WAS A HORRIBLE REFERENCE TO VAMPIRES COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG. THE IDEA OF VAMPIRES WAS AROUND LONG BEFORE Dracula. I've never seen a movie which depicted vampirism as it was before the 1800s when it became all about fangs, big collars, castles on a hilltop, etc.. and it was quite refreshing. The story could have been written a little better, but as far as getting old superstitions correctly, they did great. The first "vampires" were actually <more>
just people who suffered from TB, or consumption as it was called. The "castle" they stayed in in the movie used to be a recovery for people with consumption. Usually the first to fall ill was the one the people thought was a vampire. Since the disease literally withered their bodies away, it was thought that the dead were draining the living. Their proof was digging up the Graves, as they did in the movie, and if the body appeared fresh then they were a vampire, which was also depicted in the movie when they dug up the girl and fresh blood ran out of her mouth. Afterwards, they would steak the heart, cut off the head and burn the body. In some cases they would cut out the heart, burn it, then have the sick drink the hearts ashes thinking this would cure them. My point being, maybe if more people realized it's much more accurate than they think, they'd like it a bit more. I could go on, but if you like history, vampires and creepy stories, you should like this movie.