movie: The Caretaker
starring: Anna Burgess, Mark White
plot: When half the world begins suffering from a plague of vampirism a few lone survivors find themselves locked up in a farm in Australia with one vampire. They make a pact to keep him safe during the day from hunters, and he keeps them safe at night from other vampires. Soon their balance is thrown off when one of them gets infected as well.
I found it interesting that they had it so that the vampires were turned not by other vampires, but by mutant mosquitoes. When you think about it, mosquitoes are tiny vampires in their own right.
The movie starts off very similar to Night of the Living Dead, in the fact that the population is already hit by this when the movie starts and the viewers are thrown face first into the situation without any real back story. It also centers around a group of strangers who have no choice but to band together in a farm house.
The vampire in this is neither the bad guy nor the hero, he just sort of is. The title comes more from the ending then anything else, when one of the main characters is seen looking after the house where the vampire is. He's also the character you are suspicious of through out the film. Just textbook creepy old guy.
This is also a bit of a throw back to old horror films of the 1960's/1970's as it takes over half of the film to really get it's plot out. To me it felt like it was just starting to gel the last 15 minutes of the film. That to me should have been the starting point.
what do i think i learned from this film?
I'm not sure if this was about global warming, or fear of the unknown, or what; to tell you the truth. There is a dirty old man who I kept thinking was a serial killer or something, and another guy who seemed to be a woman hater because of his ex wife. Both who did their best to manipulate the third man in this movie for their own means.
I guess if I have taken anything from this movie is that sometimes the vampires are not the worst thing you need to face in life.