Alexandra Cassavetes—given her heritage (daughter of John Cassavetes and Gina Rowlands) and the content of her feature-length documentary (the story of Z Channel, an early pay cable channel in 1970s Los Angeles that broadcast eclectic and artful films, often in letterbox and director’s cut formats), one would have hoped that her feature film debut as a writer-director wouldn’t be something as, well, whatever Kiss of the Damned is.  The poster art seems pitched in the direction of 1970s Hammer Studios horror, but the trailer seems like a compendium of bad vampire movie clichés.  Check it out below.

So, in Kiss of the Damned, you’ve got the forbidden love between human and vampire (check).   Then there’s the fact that all the vampires are cultured and irresistibly sexy (check).  Then there’s the secret vampire society living just beneath the radar of humanity (check).  And the rogue vampire whose actions threaten the delicate balance between humans and vampires (check).  Oh, the whole tired cliché of vampirism as a metaphor for sex, that’s in there, too (check).

In the film, the lovely vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) falls for human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia); meanwhile her wild vampire sister shows up to threaten the stalemate between humans and vampires with her violent rampages.  Hey, at least there are no long, blank stares between sullen teens and sparkly corpses in this one.  That’s something.

Kiss of the Damned is set for a May 3, 2013 theatrical release, but you can see the film early on iTunes/On Demand on March 28th.

What do you think of the trailer?