Vamped Out is a weekly series featuring six instalments, launched on the web 12 April 2010. from a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Elliot Finke. During the spring and summer of 2009, Elliot shot what he believed was the first documentary of an actual vampire. While in postproduction, he went missing.
The subject of “Vamped Out”, Alowisus Hewson, is a 35 year old struggling actor who lives with his charming girlfriend, Marie, a 33 year old nurse at a local blood bank. We also meet and get to know Al’s manager, 27 year old Billy Goldborg, who lives and works out of Al’s guest house.
Oh, and Alowisus claims to be a 172 year old vampire.
He also insists he spoon-fed an entirely false mythology about vampires to Bram Stoker, a Dublin theater critic at the time. According to Al, because of this misinformation, vampires literally walk among us, fearing not sun light, silver crosses, garlic nor holy water. Sure they need blood to sustain life, but never need to feed from humans or animals. Where they do get it from is one of many comical surprises that make this series what it is, better than ALL the others. Combined.In a world gone crazy with movies, TV shows and books, featuring far too many beautiful vampires, what if you were a real one, who couldn’t get hired to “be” one?
"Vamped Out" marks the directorial debut of actor Kevin Pollak (Usual Suspects, Cop Out) and stars known actors from film, television and Broadway. Pollak co-created and stars in the series with Broadway leading man and film actor Jason Antoon ("Contact," Minority). Other cast members include Samme Levine ("Freaks & Geeks," Inglorious Basterds) and Seana Kofoed (Broadway's "Proof", TV's "Men in Trees"). The series is also supported by leading cinematographer Robert Legato, Academy Award-winner for Best Visual Effects, Titanic.
I'm not a huge fan of internet miniseries, mainly because my experience has consisted mostly of trash. So I came to episode 1 with very low expectations. And I was not disappointed.
In the now way overdone 'documentary style' (Bring back The Office), We meet the smug vampire, who tells us he's immune to crucifixes, sunlight, holy water and garlic (yawn), and then goes on to reveal that his ambition is to play the part of a vampire in the movies, which he considers is his birthright (hey, who better to play George Washington than George W Bush? Same name, even! Not my kind of logic).
Barely awake, we then spend four minutes in his managers office, discovering that (1) his printer isn't very good, (2) a self portrait by the vampire has been taken off the wall, (3) which the manager lies about and (4) his manager is useless, as all Hollywood actors' managers are.