Eve (Melanie Denholme), a young housewife, lives a perfect life,
boringly perfect you might even want to call it: She loves her husband,
loves to have sex with him, loves her house, her garden, her life, her ...
whatever, she just loves everything. Then one day she is bitten by a snake
while meditating in the open. No big deal, right, the snake didn't bit her
at any dangerous spot, and as a precaution, Eve sucks out the wound right
Still, after the snakebite, nothing is the same anymore: Eve feels
worn out most of the day, and in the nights, she has nightmares of blood
orgies, and what really worries her about these nightmares is, she seems
to enjoy them. Gradually, the line between dream and reality is blurred
more and more: Eve starts to go out in provocatively sexy outfits, to pick
up strangers, to have sex with them, and to suck their blood. It seems Eve
has become a vampire ...
And Eve's husband?
He seems to be absent
through all of this, blissfully absent. But is he?
here to open the Spoiler Pop-up!
Lady of the Dark: Genesis of the Serpent Vampire is a
one-woman-play, with Melanie Denholme giving an excellent performance of
Mrs Goodie-Two-Shoes gradually turning into a homicidal vamp. But the film
is also fascinating due to its puzzle-like narrative build-up - instead of
telling his story in a strictly linear way (and taking much of the fun out
of it), writer/director Philip Gardiner manages to shroud large chunks of
it in mystery to be resolved only at the appropriate time, building up
tension all the while. And the puzzle-like narrative is also mirrored in
Gardiner's direction that doesn't shy away from cutting down, speeding up
or slowing down the action, pretending simulatneity and superimposing
images. Add to that a very ecclectic yet always on-target musical score,
and you've got yourself one pretty great movie!