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April 2010

The Lair - season 3

cast: David Moretti, Dylan Vox, Colton Ford, Brian Nolan, and Steven Hirschi

writer and director: Fred Olen Ray

260 minutes (15) 2007-9
widescreen ratio 1.78:1
TLA DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 8/10
review by Sandra Scholes

The Lair - season three

In a club called 'The Lair' anything can happen, any person's heart's desire, but as it is a vampire's club any human who strays there ends up being the meal. The club has had a re-fit and change of décor but the vampires within are still of the blood-sucking, horny kind. The Lair is situated on a remote island where all strange goings on occur such as abductions, ritual killings, ghosts, spirits and other occult troubles the local police have to deal with on a regular basis.

Athan (Steven Hirschi) is new to the island and decides to stay at the mansion of a new friend of his, who was left it after his boyfriend died. The house takes a lot to keep up with so he needs another man around to help him with his cash flow. Little does he know who or what Athan is, more importantly, his new boyfriend realises when it's too late. Everyone on the island has something to hide, especially when the coroner comes across a new body, it's supposed to be dead, yet it looks like it is made of stone and the curious thing is the broken hand Sheriff Trout (Colton Ford) found has veins inside, bones and blood vessels which makes it a very unusual find indeed.

Thom (David Moretti) has a deep problem with Damian (Peter Stickles) sleeping around with a different man every night and as Damian is a vampire he wonders if he is deliberately manipulating him so he doesn't leave his side. Thom tests him by deciding to leave, but Damian dislikes his sudden spark of independence and has Frankie watch his every move.

The Lair is a TV series that has a lot to offer, other series like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel have clearly inspired the director and actors to bring this series out. Even one of the undead in this two-disc DVD resemble those from The Lost Boys movie as Colin looks like a buff version of Kiefer Sutherland's character.

The island they live on is far from normal, it's the place where all manner of strangeness happens on a regular basis. A ghost gives advice to a man who is having an affair with a vampire; a sheriff is haunted by a ghost while a gorgon wonders around turning his former lovers into stone. The acting is decent; there is plenty of flesh on show and enough neck-biting to keep hardcore gay vampire enthusiasts very happy. It is a series that will easily be welcomed as it never takes itself too seriously, plus there is the possibility it may go on practically forever, seeming like an erotic vampire sitcom.



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