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Dante's Cove

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  • Dante's Cove
  • Editor: Michael Costanza and Michael Oblowitz
  • Director: Sam Irvin
  • Producer: Sylvia Hess and Jeffrey Schenck
  • Website: http://www.dantescove.com/
  • Year: 2005
  • Country: US
  • 90 minutes
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Fleeing an unhappy home life, Kevin Foster is excited about moving in with
his college lover, Toby, at a beach-side apartment complex, the Hotel Dante.
However, the young tenants of the old converted hotel soon suspect that the
hotel's supernatural and sinister past may be alive and well in the person
of the mysterious and evil Ambrosius, whom Kevin inadvertently releases from
a long bondage.

Lesbian goth Van, bisexual party girl Amber, and slacker Cory are among
those who attempt to solve the mystery as the door has now been opened to a
malevolent world of evil forces that wreak havoc in the hip beach town.
Enter Grace, a woman scorned, who continues an age-old feud with Ambrosius
and soon the past and present collide, and life at the Hotel Dante will
never be the same.

Qvamp says:

This is the first fully gay horror television.
The show was shown in 2 parts, one 90 minutes,
the other 120 minutes. However, neither of the
episodes appear to have names, so Josh
Berresford (the actor, Cory, from the show)
recommended they be titled, Parts 1 and 2.

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By: badboybynight ( franferdy@hotmail.co.uk )
Overall Rating: C     Queer horror Rating: D+    

I'm not quite sure what to make of this show. The best thing I can say about it is that the plot had a lot of potential, and I can see what it is trying to accomplish.

But unfortunately it doesn't quite do it.

Overall, it fall into a the same rut many gay-themed shows and moves do, it sacrifices valuable time it could use to build plot or enrich the character on gratuitous overlong sex sequences; leaving the plot half done and the characters very 2-dimensional.

Another common flaw in this is found in all popular supernatural shows nowadays - it relies on flashy graphics when magic is used. These cheesy effects make it tough to suspend disbelief (the glowing red eyes are not scary or impressive).

However like I said, the main idea and setup for a briliant show is there, they just need to flesh it out more, give it a bit of an overhall and have it take itself seriously. Maybe next seaon will be better, and I am willing to give it a chance.


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