I’m not actually sure if Vampires: Brighter in Darkness is a movie or if it was a UK television series that was compiled on DVD as one two-hour movie. IMDB lists it as a TV series. Either way, all the uber hot guys aside, 2 hours is too long, because even though it starts off dark, sexy, and entertaining, it runs out of steam by the end.
The guys are SO hot here. These are hunky hot vampires through and through, unlike some of the pretty boys in the Vampire Boys movies. Yes, Vampires: Brighter in Darkness is actually not another sequel to Vampire Boys even though the DVD covers follow the same exact template.
Also, it’s essentially your tied and true vampire romance plot. Centuries old vampire falls for modern day hottie. Vampires: Brighter in Darkness is fun in that it also throws in all kinds of computer-generated monsters like giant bat creatures and giant scorpions, and also features witches and demons in old school makeup. Scoff if you will at the special effects, but at least these vampires do fun stuff like jumping and speed traveling.
As with all these gay vampire movies and TV shows, things go to ridiculous soap opera levels, with hot vampires showing their claws and fangs, hissing at each other nonstop, and getting into battles to the undeath! While not as intentionally campy as shows like The Lair, the movie does have plenty of laughable moments—and the chick who plays the sister of the modern day boy is awesomely funny. She totally steals the show.
Aside from running way too long, I think the other thing that makes you lose focus is the endless introduction of minor characters with big important roles. Within the last half hour of the movie, we’re still meeting characters for the first time who are crucial to the survival of our two vampire lovers!
Also surprising is the lack of sexual situations. The only butt banging is in a deleted scene (and it’s a good butt bang/fang bang combo). There are so many shirtless guys and some great butt shots, yet there are very few moments of intimacy. However, the physical contact between the two main characters is incredible. And I don’t mean in a sexual way. When they hold and kiss each other, the passion is extremely realistic and it’s the one thing that keeps you watching. You really like this couple together.
THE NO ATE CAMPAIGN?
I have a feeling there’s going to be a sequel to Vampires: Brighter in Darkness. At least, there needs to be, because it ends with a total cliffhanger.