Richard Elfman’s comedic take on the vampire genre has a certain stylistic flair to it, and boasts a fairly impressive cast. But it fails to find its tone, and a lot of the “funny” lines are subpar. […]
After Graveyard Shift, Jerry Ciccoritti directly moved on to write and direct another vampire film the following year. Though not a sequel, The Understudy received the complicated title-construct: The Understudy: Graveyard Shift II – and it stars the same actor in the vampire role: Michael A. Miranda (a. k. a. Silvio Oliviero). This film feels less ambitious in its style than its predecessor, which means that today it feels less dated. […]
Jerry Ciccoritti’s Graveyard Shift is not the best vampire film you’ll ever see, but it is possibly one of the most ‘80s films out there. And with its random visual elements including yuppie/dinky culture, music videos, and noir, and the shortcomings in its story, you might well describe this film as style-over-substance. […]
A vampiric story of sorts, Innocence features a teenage girl who suspects that all is not right at her prestigious new school. A mix of visions, nightmares, and psychotic episodes all create a sufficiently eery atmosphere but somehow don’t really pique your interest. […]
This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel is probably not the most exciting one. And it has (for good reason) a TV-feel to it. But it is remarkable in its own way, as it has been claimed that it is the film that first introduced a love-motive for Dracula into Stoker’s story. […]
This vampire adventure drama from Russia is a strictly-by-the-numbers affair. The film (also known under titles such as “Ghouls” and “Vamps”) looks very good, and there are hardly any bad or disappointing elements in it, but it is bogged down by the fact that it is such a middle-of-the-road story. […]
A US Interpol agent is sent on a mission to a remote European village that is suffering from a suspiciously high death rate amongst young women. Are there supernatural forces at work, as the superstitious villagers seem to believe?
This German-Yugoslavian co-production (released under English titles such as Cave of the Living Dead or Night of the Vampires) suffers from rather lame writing. It is not a particularly bad film, but I cannot think of a single reason to watch this. […]
Nocturna – known in the UK as Vampire Blood – is an interesting and not-too-bad vampire film set in New Orleans. The film had the potential to be good, but has a number of short-comings that drag it down a bit. […]
This is a rather simple action film of middling quality. But it has a nice cast and adequate writing, and it looks rather decent. So while Slayer’s budget appears to have been at the lower end, it is not nearly as bad a film as it could have been. […]
Having been forced to flee his Transylvanian home, Count Dracula travels to New York in search of the love of his life, who has been reborn as a supermodel.
A lot about this film feels dated, but it is not any worse than the vampire comedies you know from the 1980s. […]