On 22nd June Horror Channel will be screening the television premiere of Drew Cullingham’s vampire flick, Umbrage: The First Vampire, starring genre fave Doug Bradley. Just yesterday we had news that Bradley’s old pal Clive Barker is getting back on the directing horse, so it’s nice to see them both still ploughing the horror fields.
Umbrage: The First Vampire sees Bradley’s character as an antiques dealer who ‘unleashes supernatural forces beyond his comprehension’. As long as it’s not the Lament Configuration again! Given that vampires these days are seen as soft and loveable (thanks to Twilight), it’s always welcome to see them as proper on-screen monsters. As David Cronenberg noted in an interview for John Landis’ ace book, Monsters in the Movies: “The more vampires are humanized, and even made beautiful, like in the Twilight movies, there comes a point where you treat them like … the disabled or something. They’re humans but they have this disease problem.” Fans want their vampires dangerous!
Since we love Horror Channel here at Cinemart we’re giving the announcement a shout out, so don’t forget to tune in on 22nd June at 22.55pm for a slice of British horror schlock. We’ve also got some stills from the movie for you to see below after the synopsis and director quote.
A night of unmitigated terror lays ahead as Lilith, the mother all of vampires, (played by Natalia Celino) does battle with Phelan (Jonnie Hurn), an Irish gun-toting cowboy turned vampire. Trapped in the middle of this escalating gore war are Jacob, his wife and their wayward daughter, who has fallen under Phelan’s spell.
The director Cullingham said this:
“The main birth of Umbrage was the cowboy-vampire figure, Phelan. I had for some time been carrying this character around in my head. Mashing horror and western together is not completely original, I know, but I just wanted to cross a cowboy with a vampire. Vampires can sometimes be a little effete, but add a gruff cowboy veneer to that and you have a whole different kettle of fish.”
Source: Horror Channel via Clout Comm