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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.


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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!).

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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Vampires Bite Big Apple in Manhattan Undying

Posted by John Squires on May 12, 2015

We’re just one day away from the launch of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and a handful of genre films will be up for grabs at the event, including Bleiberg Entertainment’s Manhattan Undying. The film lets a vampire loose on the streets of New York City, and we invite you to sink your teeth into all the details.

Babak Payami directs this vampire thriller, which was written by Matt Deller and stars Luke Grimes (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, American Sniper) and Sarah Roemer (The Grudge 2, Disturbia).  Check out the poster art below along with the plot crunch.

A beautiful vampire (Roemer) seeks out an artist (Grimes) to paint her portrait so she can truly see herself for the first time. Their relationship quickly escalates, as does a police investigation into a series of grisly crimes that seemingly point back to her.

Manhattan Undying

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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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