Monday, 7 December 2009

Tamara Review


Plot: Tamara is the school's reject. No one understands her and it only gets worse when the rest of the class find out she's got a crush on their teacher. A party is planned and she's the entertainment. After a fight breaks out, Tamara ends up dead. Her class mates bury her in the woods, only she didn't stay dead. The rumours that she was a witch are true, and now she's got the power to get even.


This was a 2005 Canadian film like all classic horror seems to be. It blurs the lines between reality and fiction by it's use of witchcraft as a serious note in the beginning only to become the typical hollywood version of witchcraft mid way.
This is one of those films where you are not sure who to route for the dead girl or the class mates.
The genius part of this is that they never leave the "she's a witch" plot after she returns from the dead, so it never has to make up it's mind if she's really a vampire, zombie or ghost.
The effects were good, used in a way that makes you forget they are sfx, and the pace of the film is steady. We jump in with a main plot point in the form of a dream scene that foreshadows the rest of the film.

I would love to see a sequel to this one happen, and if there is one let me know.

I class this as a non-traditional-traditional vampire film. Non-traditional because she does not drink their blood but does take their memories when she manipulates them, that falls under psy-vamps. Traditional because she returns from the dead and manipulates them.