The film Perfect Creature is a film that many would not equate to being a Vampire movie. This is because the plot has you watching as two brothers match wits as influenza ravages the general public. The thing is there is much more to the plot and two “Brothers”.
To start this film is set in what appears to be a combination of Victoria England and a post World War 2 time frame, and some actually consider it a steam punk type of setting. The structures in the film have a gothic feel to them and the overall look to the slum called Jamestown is really well done. You get a great sense of the hopeless of the inhabitants of this area through the look and dress. In a switch from using pure CG for the look of the film pictures were taken of buildings throughout New Zealand that would fit the setting. These images where then added to the layering of the film and thus give it such a gorgeous look.
The story is just as appealing as the setting of this film. I say this as the film makers do a great job of introducing us to the lead characters within the first 10 to 20 minutes of the film. We also learn that the word Brother has a different meaning then you’d think in this. The fact is that a Brother is actually a Vampire.
The hero Silus is introduced to his young baby brother as Edgar comes into the world. We find out then that Silus shares a mother with Edgar and that both are Vampires. I add that the scene with the baby Edgar is quite interesting as we see the young child with its fangs. The film then jumps ahead 100 years and we learn more about the background of how the Brothers came to being. Alchemy was used to create the Brothers through Genetic experimentation, but at a cost as disease was also created.
When we next see Silus he is an adult and is hunting a murder of humans. The same humans that the Brothers are there to protect as the Brothers linked to being a religion. Then we meet female police officer Lilly who is in the midst of arresting a landlord who has been stock piling influenza shots to sell on the black market instead of providing to his tenants. At this point in the film the key players have been introduced to us in some form or another and the story is about to take off.
The thing that engages one so much about this film is the different role Vampires play in this alternate society. They are not seen as blood thirsty creatures of the night only hunting for prey and to cause death. Vampires are actually seen as god like as they have churches with thousands of followers. People even go to their local Brother Church to donate not money, but blood to the Brothers.
However, as the movie’s opening script warns us something is happening to upset the balance between Humans and the Vampires. This thing is deadly and toxic not just to the Brothers but as well to Humans. The fact is the villain, Edgar, is as cold blooded as any modern telling of a Vampire. His methods maybe slightly different but the affect on society is just the same if not worse. Edgar’s methods work so well that the government gets to the point they are willing to let all in Jamestown die to protect society.
Perfect Creature is one of those films that when you stumble across it all you will want to do is share it with your friends that are horror fans. I’m hoping that you enjoy the movie as much as I have as it’s become somewhat rare to find a horror film that contains a well written story and plot.