I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of vampire movies. I never found then especially scary and with the rise of the teenage, angsty, goth-like variety, I was put off for a long time with these creatures. But then “30 Days Of Night” came out and changed my mind about what a proper, scary, bloody vampire film could be. And, now, it’s happening again with NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE.
NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE, from director Grant McPhee, looks to be a very trippy, surreal, and psychedelic trip into the world of vampires. And it was all shot in just ONE WEEK. That is not a typo! This, in itself, is an accomplishment that makes me want to watch it right now. Because when you watch the trailer (and you can view it below), it looks like that itself would have taken at least a week to make!
Below is the official press release for NIGHT KALEIDOSCOPE followed by the trailer. Enjoy!
Scottish Vampire Flick ‘Night Kaleidoscope’ Gets Psychedelic New Trailer
Night Kaleidoscope is the third feature from Award-Winning Director Grant McPhee, and his first foray into the horror genre. Shot in just one week on a shoestring budget, the film punches well above its weight thanks to McPhee’s stunning cinematography and bold vision. McPhee started his career as a cinematographer, and it shows. The film is a lush, visceral, visual experience that harks back to the Giallo films of the 70s with its bold colour palette, while creating something fresh and modern with experimental camera techniques. Shot predominantly at night, as the name suggests, Night Kaleidoscope transforms Edinburgh’s cobbled backstreets into a dark dreamscape brimming with supernatural menace, where reality fuses with the surreal in a psychedelic haze.
Written by Chris Purnell and Megan P. Gretchen, the film tells the story of Fion (Patrick O’Brien), a cynical psychic investigator who peddles his gift for anyone willing to pay. His abilities depleting, he must take powerful drugs to induce his visions. After a series of brutal murders in the city, a contact in the police comes to him for help tracking down the killers. In a psychic trance, Fion witnesses one of the murders being committed. These are no ordinary killers. They feast on those they kill, vampiric, and they are lovers – a couple who murder brutally and with relish. In the midst of his investigations, Fion meets Isobel (Mariel McAllan), a young woman whose boyfriend has been killed by the pair. To save her, and track down the killers, he must harness his waning powers as well as overcoming the personal demons borne out of his troubled past.
Patrick O’Brien and Mariel McAllan give strong performances as the film’s main characters, lending a subtlety and tension to the film. Patrick, originally from Ireland, also played the lead in Director Grant McPhee’s first feature, dark indie drama Sarah’s Room (2013). His brooding presence and pathos ground the film, giving it weight amidst the dreamy visuals. After Sarah’s Room, McPhee directed Scottish punk documentary Big Gold Dream, which won the coveted audience award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2015. Although a very different type of film, Night Kaleidoscope draws on this same punk sensibility with its micro-budget ethos. McPhee is a vocal advocate for indie filmmakers to just go out there and shoot, making the most out of what resources they have available. The film falls under the Tartan Features umbrella, a collective he is involved in with producer Lauren Lamarr and others, which sets out a kind of manifesto for indie filmmaking in Scotland and beyond.
“We firmly believe that everyone, no matter what level of experience they have can access the tools to create their own feature film. Any reason not to is just an excuse…We believe it is possible to make your own industry. Everyone working in film, regardless of experience and position has a duty to contribute towards their own industry. Do not wait for others to do it for you.”
And seeing what McPhee and his team have achieved with Night Kaleidoscope, it’s clear that they live by that philosophy. The result is a truly original and unusually beautiful horror film, a testament to the talent and ingenuity of Scotland’s burgeoning indie horror scene that looks set to continue McPhee’s streak of successes. Expect to hear much more about the film in the coming months.
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