Living Among Us
Vampires have just made themselves public. Now a documentary crew embeds themselves with a family of vampires, who claim that they have been misrepresented as monsters by the media. But when the bloodsuckers’ true natures are revealed, the filmmakers must fight back in this tense horror thriller. Living Among Us is a 2018 American vampire horror film, directed by Brian Metcalf. Filmed in 2013, it was released in 2018, seven months after the death of John Heard, making it his last feature film release.
Our main character in ‘Living Among Us’ is Mike, played by Thomas Ian Nicholas, and is a young documentary filmmaker with a very big ego. Make has let the world know that vampires are living among us and have a secret arrangement with blood banks all over the world that supplies them with human blood. In retaliation, the vampires portray themselves to humanity as peaceful victims of a mysterious virus that transformed them into what they have become. Soon after they become forced out of the closet, Mike gets the chance to visit the home of a local family of vampires led by Andrew, who is played by recently deceased actor, William Heard. Unfortunately, early movie information hints to the viewer that Mike and his crew actually gave their lives to get this footage. This tidbit not only discredits the vampires’ claim that they have evolved beyond killing humans, but it also spoils most of the story and the plot twist at the film’s end.
The film begins with the cable news discussing the coming of a violent vampire disease. Samuel, the supposed sectional leader of the vampires, declines accusations that his breed is using blood donation centers to prey upon innocent victims. We now get introduced to the three-person documentary film crew consisting of veteran filmmaker Mike, audio specialist Carrie, and a rookie cameraman named Benny, all three have been invited to spend the next few days with a vampire clan. The filming crew soon meets up with the rest of the clan and witnesses a gruesome ritual only to realize that they might be in some very deep shit and go from being objective observers to becoming themselves the hunted.
Living Among Us is another found-footage movie where the vampires who have been lurking among us come out of the shadows to attempt normal, productive lives. The world has already come to understand that vampires are everywhere and now the bloodsuckers are in their public-relations phase. Ambassadors of the community reassure mortals that the only blood they drink now is from blood banks supplied by vamp-friendly humans. Taking advantage of their hosts’ daytime sleeping routine, the documentary crew plant hidden cameras throughout the house, recording even the things they’ve been sworn not to photograph. Like the sexploitation ritual in which the vampires tie up a near-naked woman, slices her veins open then feeds. A vampire elder explains that this ceremony commemorates their past, while Andrew’s wife, Eleanor, eases the guests’ revulsion by explaining that this is also a form of service to the human community, in that the sacrificed woman was a prostitute who purposely spread the HIV virus to her customers out of spite.
The film was very well acted, directed and written, and definitely a new take on a POV horror topic. I really liked all the characters and it was totally sad to see John Heard one last time. He was always brilliant in his roles and he will be forever missed. I love all found-footage/POV movies and make an attempt to see as many as I can, however, this one was predictable from the start if not from the summary before watching. If you like found footage, the odd and the dark, comical nasty vampires, buckets of blood and gore, then this horror film is for you. This is horror cinema as it is supposed to be made. I enjoyed this one a lot, but many won’t, and the only reason why I didn’t give it a four-star rating was that they could have concealed the ending and outcome much better than they did.
Title: Living Among Us
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Humor
Studio: Sony Pictures
Starring: John Heard, William Sadler, Esme Bianco, Thomas Ian Nicholas
MPAA Rated: TV-MA
Directors: Brian Metcalfe
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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