• Sally Roberts

Cadair Y Fampir [Liam A. Matthews, UK, 2018]

Since Twilight’s [Catherine Hardwicke, USA, 2008] pasty heartthrob, vampires have been synonymous with sexuality. It comes as little surprise then, that Liam A. Matthews and his team chose this particular ghoul to explore erotic themes in this short Welsh horror.

As with most scary films, this short is all about nice people making stupid decisions. If a mysterious figure suddenly appears in the woods, it’s probably not the wisest thing to follow her unquestioningly. Nor is it pure genius to willingly enter a house well known for death and decay. Oh, and never ever go down into the basement.

"Hmmm... I wonder what's under here..."

Cadair Y Fampir’s reliance on these worn out tropes dampens what could have been a fresh look at our fascination with sex and vampires. It is also hard to feel anything for the characters when they meet their inevitable and predictable doom, as we know next to nothing about them. Moreover, despite a few seconds of kissing in the woods (also a tip fro