La Criatura Perfecta

This psychological thriller is set in an alternate dieselpunk universe. Technologies represented include zeppelins, radio, black & white TV (small circular images), DNA analysis, slide projectors, cars (1940’s styling) and telephones. The architecture is very similar to Oxford in The Golden Compass. Women appear to play an equal part in all roles in this society, as we see female cops, reporters and a female medical examiner.

The film takes place in a large coastal city (likely the capital, as the Queen lives in it), and is centered around a slum called Jamestown.

Three hundred years ago male children began to be born as vampires yet only in the slums. These have enhanced hearing, sight, agility, stamina and reflexes. In this universe vampires are considered a more perfect version of humans; i.e. closer to God. They have created a church (the only variant of religion seen in this film, possibly the only one existing), and are called Brothers. They wear unadorned long black coats, and look very monk-like. The Brothers state they exist only to serve humans; to protect and guide them. Brothers live longer than humans; the oldest are 300 y/o and none have died yet. Vampires are removed from their mothers at birth, indoctrinated into the Brotherhood, and raised to believe they are evolved humans whose role is to serve.

Human churchgoers donate blood for the Brothers to drink (one character states his mother gives blood three times a month at church, and in one scene we also see an elegant woman at a swanky party donating blood into a large collecting vessel with a tap at the bottom, from which Brothers are served in elaborate goblets). Brothers never drink blood straight from the human body.

Churchgoers wear rosaries; however not all humans are churchgoers. During rare ceremonies humans drink the Brothers’ blood which gives them visions (some may experience prescience). The liturgy of the church states that mingling the blood of the two races makes one titular Perfect Creature.

Brothers also hold religious education classes for human children. They are taught that Brothers are a step in human evolution, and learn that genetic research is banned because nothing but evil comes from it (including the deadly influenza which is rife in the city). Genetic research is banned for humans as a method of control by the Brothers so that humans don’t attempt to get rid of vampires or gain independence. It was mentioned that before the co-existence of human and vampire, vampires were killed, at birth. They apparently fear that, if undoctrinated, humans would envy them their long lives, and attempt to take control from them.



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