Charles Lonberger of The Beverly Hills Outlook recently published this simply wonderful review of Jac Avila’s Dead But Dreaming. Here’s a sample:
“Avila’s sensibilities are, contrary to this genre’s (vampire) tradition, Baroque, not Gothic. As director, he builds his drama from within his frame, using superimpositions only fleetingly, and is most powerful in his ritualistic stagings (as in his registrations of human sacrifice and the enchained confinement of the vampire Nahara at the film’s conclusion). Given the vastness of his historical tapestry in this production, the fact that Avila’s directorial approach has much more in common with the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone than the mock operatic aesthetic of Visconti, establishes his cinematic pedigree as rooted in popular culture.”
You can read the entire review at this link right here!