Finding the human in the vampiric: Chimeres is an original winner

Finding the human in the vampiric: Chimeres is an original winner

Over the years of being bombarded with vampire movies, I have (and I’m sure I’m not alone here) become a bit tired of them and the usual formula. So, when I was sent the French-language vampire film Chimeres and asked to review it, I wasn’t unenthusiastic, but I didn’t feel about it the way I did about Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.

Well, I’m happy to say, Chimeres, the debut feature film of director Olivier Beguin, is a movie I’m glad I didn’t miss.

Chimeres tells the story of Alex and his girlfriend Livia, whose romantic vacation in Romania is marred by a car accident that sends a seriously wounded Alex to the hospital, where he receives a blood transfusion. After returning home to France, Alex finds himself changing in ways that can only be explained by vampire transformation folklore. As Alex struggles to hold it together, Livia looks for ways to help him adjust.


This movie is, in short, a winner. It’s original, engaging, and has people’s throats being ripped out. The relationship between Alex and Livia, which is one of the main themes of the story, is touchingly realistic: Alex turns to Livia when he needs help, and needs her to believe that what he’s going through is real, and in return, Livia doesn’t just run out on the man she loves. She tries everything she can to help him, no matter how much the lengths she must go to might disturb her. In Chimeres, despite the plotline being about vampires, the audience will find a very human story of two people who love each other and are dealing with a difficult, life-changing situation.


Here’s where the actors come in. Jasna Kohoutova (Livia) and Yannick Rosset (Alex) play two very believable characters very well. The character of Livia I found particularly admirable due to the fact that she’s this really strong, empowered woman. Faced with the fact that her live-in boyfriend is turning into a vampire, Livia stays strong: she goes to work, takes out her frustration on a punching bag, pulls off an art exhibit, and doesn’t succumb to deep depression or curl up in a ball in a corner with a bag of Oreos. She’s a great woman, a great friend, and a great girlfriend.



Finally, there’s the script. It doesn’t rush along, and it allows viewers to figure out some things for themselves, which, as an intellectual viewer, I can definitely appreciate. The script is brilliantly written and does what a script should do: it builds on itself until it meets an exciting, action-packed climax. You won’t see the twists coming, but when they happen, they do make sense. The dialogue was extremely realistic: the things that Livia and Alex say to each other during the movie and while Alex is becoming a vampire are things we could all see ourselves saying in a similar situation.Overall, Chimeres seamlessly blends a story about two people into a story about a man turning into a vampire, and creates a unique tale of a caliber that’s been rare of late in vampire movies.


Clearly, Chimeres comes highly recommended by me. See it, even if you’re sick of the vampire crap and think you can’t be bothered anymore. You won’t be sorry. It’s brilliant.

You can watch Chimeres now on VOD if you live in the US, and if you live in Canada, you’ll be pleased to note that it will come out on VOD and DVD next month. Here’s the trailer, check it out:


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I'm a regular contributing writer to this website. I got into horror movies through the sci-fi monster films I watched with my dad as a kid (ex. Aliens) and the extreme amounts of zombie movies I spent a good portion of my college career watching. I absolutely love zombies (obviously), am a sucker for a low budget (or any) monster movie, and adore horror-comedy films. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of my favorite books, and I'm still waiting for an actually decent film adaptation to bring that fantastic novel to life. Outside of my life as a horror fan, I'm a writer and editor with dreams of turning my screenplays into movies and a love of wine and murder mysteries.

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