“A struggling vampire romance novelist must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.”

Director: Sean Nichols Lynch
Writer: Sean Nichols Lynch
Staring: Dennice Cisneros, Nico Bellamy, Laura Kennon, Vernon Wells, Alan Silva, Edward Ewell
Release Date: December 6, 2021

It says something that when you type in Red Snow (2021) into IMDB, the results recommend the two Dead Snow movies. That is a perfect summation of what Red Snow leaves you feeling. I guess I can stop now.

Red Snow is a short comedy that follows Olivia Romo (Dennice Cisneros), a struggling vampire loving novelist living in her recently dead mom’s small cottage in Lake Tahoe. Olivia is struggling to find the romantic kindling during this particular holiday season. That is until a vampire slams into her window.

Luke (Nico Bellamy) is a wounded vampire who flew into Olivia’s home while trying to escape the hunting grasps of Julius King (Vernon Wells). Rather than be totally scared away, Olivia decides it’d be in her best occupational interest to keep him around and ask for his perspective on her evolving model. Her budding friendship with Luke becomes tenuous when King comes around asking questions and acting all suspicious. Throw in a couple of other vampires, Simon (Edward Ewell) and Jackie (Laura Kennon), who want to get their fellow bloodsucker out of Olivia’s confines, and we have a massive pickle on our hands.

Red Snow ends with Olivia having to take on all those who invaded her little Lake Tahoe respite. She must grapple with facing her thought-to-be-fictional objects of desire in a surprising fight for survival.

Here is the thing. Red Snow was trying to be something unique and all its own, and you have to give it some credit for that. However, if you are going to take such a big hack, you have to make sure that you don’t miss. Red Snow is in the batter’s box fouling off pitches and staying alive, until finally the pitcher realizes Red Snow is swinging at everything so you can get it to chase outside the hit zone. Red Snow strikes out on finding the comfortability of what a unique genre-blending movie can be. Red Snow puts in the work, but still heads back to the dugout with its wooden stake on its shoulders.

Red Snow is trying to smile and charm its way through its awkwardness. The best at doing this is the lead Dennice Cisneros, who supposedly had the part written exactly for her. This is not meant to be mean-spirited, but Dennice looks exactly like the type of person that who would be obsessed with vampiric lore. If you sent me to a midnight book release of a new Twilight, I would think the majority had the Dennice vibes.

Random thought here. And possibly a bonk. The character of Jackie, played by Laura Kennon, is very attractive. She plays the vampire alluring nature very, very well. I was watching Red Snow passively but once she showed up, my interest spiked up.

Okay, now that everyone thinks I am a horny bastard, let’s have some clarity here. Red Snow is not a great movie, but it wasn’t aiming to be. With that being said, it still lacks the fun that other small independent projects rely on. Okay, this is going to be a crazy comparison, but take From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino did not make a good movie…but they made an entertaining one. There are scenes and characters that you remember. Such is not the case with Red Snow. It was not entertaining enough to cover its mistakes.

STANKO RATING: D (1.5/5 Stars)


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