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|Production country:||Österreich/Schweiz 2014|
|Running time:||Approx. 88 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Vienna, early 1930s: Dr. Sigmund Freud (Karl Fischer) wonders a bit about his newest patient, the mysterious Count Geza von Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti). But even if the pale gentleman seems a little strange, he has quite normal problems: he can no longer stand his wife Elsa (Jeanette Hain) and longs for his one true love. He recognizes her in a painting by the psychoanalyst, which shows Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan), the girlfriend of the painter Viktor (Dominic Oley). The Count is convinced that she is the reincarnation of his true love. And so he tries everything to win Lucy over. Too bad that the Countess doesn't like it at all and strikes back. That would be quite an unpleasant situation even with normal people. But since the von Köznöms are vampires, a bloody marital quarrel is inevitable...
With Therapy for a Vampire, David Rühm tries his hand at the difficult genre of horror comedy. After a long break as a director, the Austrian has not forgotten his craft. The marital quarrel with fangs is carried out in a fast-paced and humorous way and has some really amusing ideas to offer. With a slightly trashy look, sometimes even reminiscent of the vampire classics of the silent era, the work also has a very special visual touch to offer. However, the script lacks - may I be forgiven for this cheap pun - enough bite to also combine these good aspects into an all-round enjoyable experience.
The wordplay doesn't work at all in some moments. And Lucy and Viktor in particular are surprisingly anemic characters. Admittedly, the obvious playfulness of the actors can still pull out some things there. But especially in the quieter moments these script weaknesses are more than noticeable. Moreover, the film also lacks that certain something visually that would give the viewer the feeling that it really belongs on the big screen. The production has a clear TV-movie character. And that can simply look a bit cheap in the cinema.
No question, Therapy for a Vampire is amusing and especially the plot line with David Bennent (The Tin Drum) is very original and wittily implemented. Nevertheless, the production lacks some edges and corners to let the whole thing from nice entertainment to the really big fun with cult character. For those who are content to laugh a few times and otherwise just smile in amusement, this movie will still be enough fun to justify the purchase of a movie ticket. But if you're hoping for some wonderfully weird scary fun, you might be disappointed. Therefore applies: with deductions quite worth seeing!
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