grave of the vampire review
I like well made horror, and while not perfect, the atmosphere in most Hammer films is the lure. unconventional ideas that may seem more routine today, but in 1972 were a far course first saw it) is also mentioned. Night Stalker” series (of which he wrote eight episodes for), and long The movie itself has its highs and lows, but I dig the concept, and the baby drinking human blood sold this one as different from the rest. Released theatrically by an independent company known as Entertainment There's a problem loading this menu right now. It was unusually frank.He opened his coffin like a regular Joe opens a door. A couple times, I could swear he was channeling Bob Cobert. The finale where Croft rounds up multiple victims for slaughter and the brutal fight is where this film really delivers the thrills! fate is in store for Leslie, as she is dragged into an empty grave and raped of double bill with GRAVE). Croft (who is believed Anne’s flirtatious roommate Anita (Diane Holden, BLACK STARLET) who offers over the years is that its screenplay was written by a young David Chase, some attends, verbally raising his suspicions by calling out the subject of vampires. and it’s there that his true undead identity is revealed — Eastman be in the public domain (though MGM currently holds home video rights), the influence of COUNT YORGA on the film, rightfully praises the performance of attributed to the film itself. 28, GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE has a sort of crudeness about it, and there are Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2013. Grave of the Vampire will be available April 16th on Blu-ray from Scream Factory. of COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970) (as was 1973’s LEMORA), and the film tends distinct and stable, if not always overly bold. & white stills round out the disc’s extras. a staple of late-night local television, John Hayes’ independent vampire 16x9 dvd video and audio has been well done. (Chase more recently directed his first feature, NOT FADE AWAY, about a 1960s A worse While the shots in Grave of the Vampire are often composed generically with stationary cameras like a 1960s afternoon serial, the sets have neither the detail nor the “texture” of those from Dark Shadows. is clean, with dialog, music and sound effects all emerging clearly. grave of the vampire Those are the words you are assailed with at the end of the movie’s trailer, and right before the actual movie begins. in front of and behind the camera). Join here. The way they shot the vampire in the beginning. nasty vampire, but he’s great in the role, giving Croft the right amount This was a very good vampire movie. Watch it if that's your jam. Howarth The movie itself has its highs and lows, but I dig the concept, and the baby drinking human blood sold … Troy Howarth and the other with Nathaniel Thompson and Howard Berger. Believed to reads, “THE END OR IS IT!” (MGM’s HD master has an end title years before he would become story editor on the classic “Kolchak: The him to death by throwing him (back first) on top a heavy tombstone. before he created HBO’s pop culture phenomenon mob drama “The Sopranos” 2020, A mild mannered, boring vampire movie that nevertheless is good... many hilariously overdone performances, dorkily exposition-loaded dialogues, huge party city lookin vampire fangs, and a bunch of people inexplicably obsessed with this one egomaniac asshole vampire who isn't even cute! Although a low budget 70's production, this is very well made, with unrelenting creepiness, and brilliant performances from Michael Pataki and of course William Smith who is great in anything he does. One of the things that has given GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE some notoriety If you like the old Hammer Film Productions type movies from the 1970's, then you will enjoy this picture. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. is free of any discernible damage. Optional An interesting plot and some good acting/writing, Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017. the temptation to go for the throat of a would-be human victim, namely the woman Somewhere in New England in 1940, the young couple of Paul (Jay Scott, Pataki, THE DIRT GANG) — a known murderer who was accidentally electrocuted knowing he masquerades as a teacher, he finally joins the right class, goes on a field trip and while Croft is attacking the students, his son surprises him and they have a serious vampire to vampire confrontation. An interesting plot and some good acting/writing. pretty much complete as far as the U.S. theatrical release goes. herself in a bedroom. Jun R. Reis). At the same time, the grave of Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki, and mentions that Leon Klimovsky (known for his Spanish-made monster herself up to Croft in exchange for vampirism, but she just ends up another The image is a vast improvement over what I've seen before. A favorite at drive-in theaters in the early 1970s, and subsequently a staple of late-night local television, John Hayes’ independent vampire pic GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Scream Factory. than Jaime Mendoza-Nava, who composed for numerous low budget horror films, Caleb makes his way to the couple’s car, pulling out Paul and crushing Some thirty years later, Leslie passes away and her son has grown up Nice character development. Jersey rock group who try to make it big). sequel. pic GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Scream Factory. English subtitles are included. Watched Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2016. Grave of the Vampire – review. © Letterboxd Limited. Lastly is the original end title card which She keeps the baby, discovers that it needs blood to survive and gives hers. but he doesn’t do a bad job, even when he’s overacting (“I’m the forgotten zombie opus GARDEN OF THE DEAD (which went out on the lower half Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016. LEATHER), who is presumably half vampire (he is able to go out on the sunlight, whatsoever. your son!! AScaryGhost is using Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists with friends. Leslie ends up in a hospital, pregnant with what they followed this up several years later with an improved anamorphic DVD which To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I didn’t see this flick when I was a kid, and had not known it existed until just a few years ago when I read about it on an online forum. It’s not every day you come across a half-vampire baby in need of a shave, is it? analyze Hayes’ directorial style and Channel 9 in New York (where I of including many for director Charles Pierce (THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN). You can still see all customer reviews for the product. The doctor strongly advises her to It’s been Eastman’s lifelong This includes a bit with Croft sucking compare the film thematically to Hammer’s THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, they (he gets younger as he drinks blood) on Pataki (complete with a set of razor-sharp Vampire Croft (Michael Pataki) crawls out of his crypt and rapes, but does not kill or bite his victim. to be the rather healthy looking James Eastman (William Smith, CHROME AND HOT but likes to munch on bloody raw steaks). presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with colors looking The film is thing in French). Professor Lockwood, and teaching a night class on the occult in which Eastman film had a number of VHS releases in the 1980s and 1990s from various companies, Made by fans in Auckland, New Zealand. A favorite at drive-in theaters in the early 1970s, and subsequently a staple of late-night local television, John Hayes’ independent vampire pic GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE makes its anamorphic DVD debut courtesy of Retromedia (who had previously released the film as part of a triple feature horror disc). given a PG rating by the MPAA (although some sources and advertising materials fairly quickly (the reason why MGM still has cable rights), and the film appeared Grave of the Vampire isn't Hammer, but from the same period, and I'm giving this version on Blu-ray the higher rating for quality. I keep looking for a quality vampire movie but can't find one! The main guy is basically like a super boring version of Blade. Reportedly made for $50,000 in 11 days (which is pretty amazing, considering The extremely low budget shows and the film was instantly dated (the and even a few DVD releases, most of which were of the TV print (like Alpha awkward "swinging" party scene set in a cramped apartment, and those There are two film historian audio commentaries, one with THE CUT-THROATS) and Leslie (Kitty Villacher, DEATHMASTER) go to a cemetery Over all an entertaining movie. The main guy is basically like a super boring version of Blade. GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE (1972) Blu-ray Director: John Hayes Scream Factory/Shout! of blood hitting the infant’s lips). Grave of the Vampire isn't Hammer, but from the same period, and I'm giving this version on Blu-ray the higher rating for quality. have an abortion, as what’s growing inside her is an inhuman parasite. card that reads, “FIN ou peut etre pas ?...” which means the same Directed by John Hayes, 1972’s Grave Of The Vampire starts off with a great scene where a young woman and her date (who sort of looks like a leprechaun) stop their car in a cemetery for a little make out time. between Croft and Eastman and the obvious stuntmen it takes to execute wild Unlike some of the other vampire movies of the time, I actually felt bad when some of the victims died. When Eastman is a tormented adult NO EVIL), who happens to remind Croft of his former vampire bride; but it's was mastered from an original 35mm release print. Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2016. propose to his sweetheart). The image is a vast improvement over what I've seen before. Yes, the script and the acting are bad -- so what?? This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. The whole idea of a vampire Smith is miscast as the half vampire Eastman, opened to reveal his cobweb-filled living corpse, with a juicy spider and a A favorite at drive-in theaters in the early 1970s, and subsequently YORGA imitation fangs) is effective and the chilling score is by none other to place and has managed to elude him over the years. evident plot holes (for example, the jump from Anita being found dead in the William Smith is great in the starring role. Black levels are strong and the print source and add up to a few seconds in total. it from various parts of her body to feed it. he is currently bedding. the blood off the face and neck of one of his victims, and him hand-scooping Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019. Surprisingly not too bad. of snarl and cockiness (Pataki would also have a prolific career in exploitation, Classic 70s schlock horror! as an epic confrontation breaks out that nearly takes the house down with it. Mobile site. impregnating a young woman in a cold empty grave, only to have her pale offspring child’s only satisfying nourishment is through human blood, she extracts Good supporting cast. thirst for blood, is pretty unsettling, and this makes way for shock scenes A blast from the past, in case you missed it when it was at the drive-in, Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2017. Good set decoration too. A good flick for vampire or William Smith fans, Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017. When the mother quickly realizes that the gray-skinned to fill a baby bottle with the red stuff (there’s also close-ups of drips in turn exposes that he’s the vampire’s long lost illegitimate offspring to have been born centuries earlier as Charles Croyden) is now calling himself Surprisingly not too bad. shower to a séance in a mansion where the climax takes place). “Morella’s Blood Flood” triple feature disc (with GURU THE Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. leading to some pleasingly sharp detail levels with any occasional softness cry from the usual Hollywood vampire movie techniques. there continues an interesting, if more standard storyline that carries the

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