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Manhattan Undying (2017)

Posted by Matt Boiselle on June 14, 2017

Starring Luke Grimes, Sarah Roemer, Daniel Kash

Directed by Babak Payami


Everlasting love to some is pure fantasy – the kind of stuff your lady reads in romance novels, or finds in Twilight movies, but to director Babak Payami, it’s the emphasis for a modern-day vampire film titled Manhattan Undying, for in this city, the only sleep will be eternal (cue ominous music).

Max (Grimes) is a very talented painter with the brush and canvas, and his adept skill with his tools of the trade are merely secondary to his hard-partying, rock-star like ways – sooner or later, this stretch of hedonism is going to catch up with him. Oh wait, yep…I neglected to mention – seems that the big C has already infiltrated his life – he’s been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer and his time is extremely limited. His defiance to his doctor’s suggestion for aggressive radiation treatment is followed by a new found urge to come up with that one last piece of art that will cement his place in the hall of history. On the other side of the dirt is Vivian (Roemer), an absolute bombshell of a vampire seductress that’s been making her way through the city, bedding and bleeding out men as fast as her stilettos will take her. She’s looking for that one true meal…I mean “love.” – I really shouldn’t be so insensitive but this chick is a killer, plain and simple, regardless of her inner emotions. The day will come when she and Max will cross paths, and the results might surprise you more than you’d think.

Now for all intents and purposes, this film is listed as drama/mystery/romance – very few horror overtones are dusted over the top of the presentation, so if you’re not in the mood for a dark, gloomy soap opera-like investiture, then I recommend you bypass it and look for something a little sharper in the teeth. However, if these kinds of forbidden-love type flicks are down your dark alley, then by all means take a bite. Me? I found this far too slowly paced and moody for my likes, and aside from the extravagantly enchanting gaze of Roemer as the bloodsucking siren, there really isn’t much more to drag out about this one. Overall, I’d recommend this one SOLELY to those who need a little dark romance in their lives, as for the remainder of us evil souls, we need something a bit more hardcore to satiate our lust for passion…whew, I’d better slow down – I’m getting a little hot under the collar.

EMBARGO ON THIS ONE UNTIL AFTER 6/5.

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Manhattan Undying Arrives on VOD/Digital in June

Posted by Debi Moore on May 11, 2017

It’s been a couple of years since we first heard about vampire thriller Manhattan Undying, but it’s finally hitting VOD and Digital on June 6th from Momentum Pictures. Read on for more info, including a few stills and the film’s new trailer and poster.

Directed by Babak Payami and written by Matt Deller, Manhattan Undying stars Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper) and Sarah Roemer (Disturbia, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Fired Up!).

Synopsis:
Max (Luke Grimes) is a talented young painter with a cult following for his hyper-realist style. Frustrated, he is squandering his life with drugs and excess until he learns that he has only weeks to live with advanced lung cancer. He decides to work on one last masterpiece instead of clinging to life with rigorous medical treatment.

Vivian (Sarah Roemer) is a beautiful vampire preying on men who objectify women. She yearns to see her herself and understand the infatuation of her victims. Vivian and Max’s paths cross when she appears in his studio so he can paint her portrait. Max seeks to find immortality in his final work inspired by Vivian while Vivian struggles to model for him. Their deep understanding and common plight develop into an impossible love. They both face a challenge of choosing between immortality or eternal love.

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True Blood Season 7 Tidbits: Is Eric Alive; Who Are the New Regulars; Is Lettie Mae a Hep V Carrier; and Lots More!

Posted by The Woman In Black on August 22, 2013

Now that Season 6 of "True Blood" is just a memory, it's time to look ahead to Season 7 with showrunner Brian Buckner. Just beware of spoilers if you're not caught up!

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Drink in These Three Sneak Peek Clips from True Blood Episode 6.07 – In the Evening

Posted by The Woman In Black on July 25, 2013

Are we the only ones who tune out when Alcide shows up on "True Blood"? He appears in one of these three clips from Episode 6.07, "In the Evening," but don't that let dissuade you from watching. There's some good stuff here!

Episode #6.07: “In the Evening” (airs 7/28/13)
Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) makes a last-ditch effort to save an ailing Nora (Lucy Griffiths). A tragedy close to home forces Sam (Sam Trammell) to ignore Alcide's (Joe Manganiello) warning and return to Bon Temps. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) shows her gratitude to James (Luke Grimes), a fellow incarcerated vamp, while an emboldened Sarah (Anna Camp) exacts a measure of revenge on Jason (Ryan Kwanten).

Written by Kate Barrow and directed by Scott Winant.

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True Blood Gets a Lizard King. He Can do Anything.

Posted by Uncle Creepy on March 27, 2013

Nothing in this world would make me happier than to find out that the death of Jim Morrison was all a ruse and Mr. Mojo Risin' is alive, happy and whipping the horse's eyes. Never gonna happen though. At least the folks of Bon Temps will be getting their own substitute. Sort of.

TVLine is reporting that "True Blood" has tapped "Brothers & Sisters" alum Luke Grimes play the recurring role of James, a circa ’70s-made vamp who is smart, spiritual and emotionally deeper than any other bloodsucker we’ve seen before. The "Jim Morrison of vampires" if you will.

He joins the previously announced newbies Rutger Hauer (as a mysterious figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason), "Rubicon"’s Arliss Howard (as Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell), "Friday Night Lights" star Jurnee Smollett-Bell (as do-gooder Nicole), Karolina Wydra (as Violet, a strong, sexy, possibly dangerous vamp) and "90210"’s Amelia Rose Blaire (as Howard’s onscreen daughter).

Man, that's an awful lot of new characters. Let's hope they actually do something with them this season other than assigning them random pointless plot threads which add up to... well... nothing. Sadly, that's been par for the course.

Look for more from this blood-sucking extravaganza soon!

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Sarah Roemer and Luke Grimes Bare Their Fangs for Manhattan Undying

Posted by Uncle Creepy on February 28, 2013

Sarah Roemer and Luke Grimes Bare Their Fangs for Manhattan UndyingWith the popularity of vampires at the box office once again waning, a new flick is getting set to try and prove that the bloodsuckers still have some cash making bite left in them. Read on for the latest on Manhattan Undying.

Variety reports that Luke Grimes and Sarah Roemer (pictured right) are toplining indie vampire drama with Iranian filmmaker Babak Payami directing. Payami is also producing the film through his Payam Films banner along with Charles Wachsberg, co-owner of Payam Films. Production launched this week.

The screenplay by Matt Deller concerns a beautiful vampire who commissions an artist to paint her so she can see herself for the first time. She is unaware that the artist is dying and desperately working to create his last masterpiece that will give him artistic immortality. Yeah, I think we can see where this one is going.

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