Well, it would seem that the French have done it again. They have managed to breathe new life into another stale sub-genre of horror, and have proved themselves as the current masters of the scary movie.
With so many great horror movies emerging from our French friends in the last decade (Martyrs, Frontiers, Switchblade Romance, The Horde etc), it came as no surprise that 'Livid' would more than meet my expectations.
The story is fairly original (which in itself is an achievement in modern vampire movies); a young girl shadows a care worker for a week to see what the job entails, and despite her slightly hostile mentor, she performs rather well. After a visit to a creepy old house containing an old lady on a life support machine, the young girl becomes intrigued by a story that her mentor tells her of hidden treasure somewhere within this house.
From this point on, the film starts to really build up the tension. I won't spoil it by describing the rest of the plot, suffice to say, there are scares aplenty. The visuals are a treat throughout, with genuinely frightning vampires and beautiful special effects.
With many of the more recent vampire movies reducing this classic monster to either a pale skinned fairy, or a mindless feral beast, the vampires in Livid find a level somewhere between the two, managing to retain the dark creepiness of Nosferatu, combined with a tragic grace that actually makes you feel pity for them.
This is surely the first vampire movie in years to treat our fanged friends with such class, and should definitely be seen by all fans of the genre.