'Therapy for a Vampire': Fantasia Review

Sigmund Freud is of little help to a life-weary vampire.

Angst is more a plot device than a way of (undead) life in David Ruhm's Therapy for a Vampire, in which a bored bloodsucker in 1930s Vienna seeks help from Dr. Sigmund Freud. Help doesn't come from the couch but from a possible new love in a comedy that's more cutely diverting than laugh-out-loud funny. The pic's relative novelty in a field of self-serious or gore-heavy vamp flicks should help it with genre buffs on VOD.

Tobias Moretti plays Count Geza von Kozsnom, who swings some after-hours sessions with Freud (Karl Fischer) after donating to his analysts' society. He laments that "I no longer have a thirst for life" and "I'm not good at self-reflection" suggest the level of laffs on offer here. The Count hates his wife (Jeanette Hain) and is pining for Nadila, the lover who gave him immortality centuries ago before being destroyed by enemies. He's also got an OCD streak, and can't help but count loose candies or beads if a jar is overturned. (This is an actual bit of vampire folklore, evidently, and not a nod to Sesame Street's Count.)...


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