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6 Degrees Entertainment

(Richard Harrington, Jaime Winstone, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2009 / LGF)

Overview: Nina (Jaime Winstone), a troubled teen, is fixed on an uninterrupted feast of destruction when she’s forced to confront her immortality and twisted blood lust. Trapped between light and dark, psychosis and reality, the living and the dead, she’ll stop at nothing to satiate her CRAVINGS.

Verdict: Instead of meeting our vampire in some back alley sucking someone’s neck, the first blood is spilled during a woman’s suicide. Her husband Stephen (played beautifully by Richard Harrington) is a psychiatrist who has to cope with not only this loss, but also the fact that his mother is on her deathbed in the very hospital that employs him. He pops as many pills as his patients to deal with the stress and pain—which, he will learn, is nothing compared to what a young woman named Nina will cause him.

Nina (Jaime Winstone of DONKEY PUNCH) is brought to the hospital by her mother Liz (Louise Delamere) after her own apparent suicide attempt. Stephen’s decision to take her case will turn out to be a very bad one, especially when he involves himself too deeply and realizes he won’t be able to get away from Nina or her mom without losing more than he ever imagined.

Nina is not a monster - at least not in the traditional sense of the word. No fangs or claws reveal themselves when she wants to feed, she doesn’t possess super-strength and she isn’t even undead. She’s simply a teenaged girl who is very, very sick. Her vampirism is a psychological illness that causes her to crave blood like an addict craves drugs. Luckily, Winstone has the chops to pull this off. Although Nina is a small young woman, there is still something about her that makes Stephen—as well as the viewer—feels powerless against her. [AQ] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.