Manhattan Undying

 (124)4.71 h 28 min201716+
A vampire seeks out an artist to paint her a portrait so that she can see her image for the first time.
Directors
Babak Payami
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Luke GrimesSarah Roemer
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SuspenseDramaRomance
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English [CC]
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English

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3.5 out of 5 stars

124 global ratings

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Salsa133Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn’t the producers find a painting good enough to show?
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Beautiful film. I would’ve given it 5 stars, but after watching the entire movie, they didn’t show the painting. Unless I’m so dense I missed something poetic about it, but I even watched the last few minutes a second time in case I had looked away while they showed it. It kind of ruined the movie for me. I would have liked to have seen it.
16 people found this helpful
DimsdaleReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A sad and disturbing movie, that I don't understand.
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This is a terribly sad and disturbing movie. I wonder what possessed someone to write it, let alone greenlight it for production. The characters are uniformly despicable. The ambience is uniformly dark and unwholesome, celebrating the lowest possible depravity. The plot is incredibly sad. The acting is barely adequate. The direction is, not something I understand. To be fair to the creators, my review is slanted to the negative as I simply didn't understand this movie. In my opinion, the movie fails a drama, due to the lack of sympathy I have for any of the characters or their trials. As a romance, it fails with the unwholesome nature of the relationship, and the lack of any true love. As a tragedy, it fails as the outcome doesn't seem tragic.

I further don't understand what message they are trying to convey. Are they trying to say that taking lots of drugs, and living in squalor are good things, or bad? Is it OK to live that way if you are an artist? Are people who dress up as vampires, and act like them in drug-infused orgies good, or bad? Are actual vampires, that kill lots of people without emotion, but are very tired of living, good or bad? Is the grotesque nature of the ambiguity the point? Is this valuable art? I'm sure I'll never know.
7 people found this helpful
ABCReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Almost There
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I really wanted to love this film. The story works, the cinematography is fabulous, the actors do a nice job. (Sarah Roemer as the icy blonde vampire is particularly wonderful--cold, stealthy, beautiful.)

But the story is too drawn out. I have tons of patience for art films, but I found myself restless and borderline annoyed as things happened so.....very.....slowly. A good editor would have made some judicious cuts to keep the viewer engaged.
14 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good idea, mediocre execution
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The actress who plays the vampire is stellar. She has the cold, undead thing down. She was the best part of the film, in my opinion. The artistic manager overacted quite a bit and the dialogue for him was ridiculous- just a lot of gratuitous cussing and yelling. There's a lot of time spent staring at the vampire's face (don't get me wrong, she's beautiful), instead of advancing the plot. We get that she's an ice queen early on, the emphasis on her features takes away from the emotional connection that she made with the artist. The ending was a real letdown, honestly. I won't spoil it, but my expectations were not met and I wasn't satisfied with what we were given.
7 people found this helpful
KymReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Abysmal dialogue
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Ugh. In my opinion it had potential but it tried too hard to be "deep" or profound but fell very short of those marks.
There's sparse, poorly written dialogue that is either over-acted (the artist's manager, for example) or falls flat (the vampire). The characters are stereotypical: the long-haired, long-suffering artist (who "magically" completes a massive oil painting in just a few hours); the beautiful, brooding, walk-in-slow-motion vampire; the spastic foul-mouthed artist's manager; overall a typical, cliché cast.
I did think the cinematography and soundtrack were decent, but I still wouldn't recommend the film
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NicoleReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, Moving Film! So much better than I expected!
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Don't be put off by the naysayers...this is a beautiful film about love and finding one's own meaning - in life and death. I guess because there's no CGI fight scenes from Marvel or some big name Actors, other viewers found this movie uninteresting. But if you are a lover of Almodóvar or other great cinematic directors, then give this film a chance.

It's not perfect, but if the last 20 minutes don't touch your heart, then you don't have one. Period. Both lead actors are great in their roles, beautiful, sexy, stone cold, artisty. Again, the final 20 minutes are just devastating. If you don't get it, well, you don't get it. This film leaves you with thoughts that will take you awhile to think through. Watched that last 20 minutes 5 times. Tears each and every time. Take that Avengers.
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E. BarriosReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brought Back Memories
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This is the kind of horror movie one watches at night. I say this because the film has that late-night Cinemax, from the 90s, quality about it. Of course, it should go without saying that the cinematography and acting is much, much better in Manhattan Undying.

Let me be honest about one thing and that is, Sarah Roemer is really beautiful, even more so as a vampire. She definitely captivates which means she did a very good job. However, she will never replace "Nadja" as the queen of all NYC vampires. It's just a fact.

Check this one out if you have some time to kill. It's really not that bad but don't expect something spectacular here.
4 people found this helpful
Retired militaryReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Personal 4.5 stars
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Solid casting, acting, directing and cinematography. Enjoyed this! Just took first place in my personal favorite "vampire" movie category A good blend of the vampire theme with a love story and, surprise, a plot. I do understand that there are some viewers that feel the movie unfolds slowly. For me it is about right. Luke Grimes as the artist lead was spot on and Sara Roemer was perfect with a believable characterization ( in my imagination) of the isolated, lonely and somewhat melancholy vampire.
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