Vurdalak, huh? Now there's a term you don't hear too often. Usually when I hear the word I think of Mario Bava's 1963 film I Tre Volti Della Paura (known here in the states as Black Sabbath) in which Boris Karloff played a vurdalak, a vampire that preys only on those it loved most in life. A report in Variety tells us Vurdalak is a "neo-medieval" tale to be produced by Spain's Andres Vicente Gomez and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, whose best-known film is probably the 2005 remake of House of Wax. I haven't seen that flick, but I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the man who directed Paris Hilton's on-screen demise.

The film is described as a tale of vengeance between two bloodthirsty warlords. A character named Safet is the only survivor following the mass slaughter of his family at the hands of Prince Verjik. Driven by hate, Safet becomes a living dead vurdalak, which would seem to eliminate the whole preying on his loved ones angle used in the Bava film. Collet-Serra will also serve as screenwriter, and he has already turned in a first draft. The film is being produced through Gomez's RadioPlus, and San Francisco's Massive Black studio has started pre-visualizations and digital design.

Gomez is also very interested in the video game potential of the film. According to the Variety piece, Spanish revenue from theatrical and DVD movies has dropped 5 to 6% because of online piracy, but video game sales have increased by 18% in Spain in 2006 as opposed to the European average of 10%. Hey, if we can kill Paris Hilton in the video game, sign me up!
categories Cinematical