Friday, June 28, 2013

The Vampire's Night Orgy (1973)

When your bus driver suffers an inexplicable fatal heart attack, the machine itself breaks down in a small European city and the least strangest event to transpire during your stay is one of your fellow travelers peeping at a woman through a hole in a closet, you know you're in trouble. As such, the gaggle of waylaid workers en route to a job at an aristocratic palace encounter a village of vampires. Not just ordinary creatures of the dead, these blood fiends engage in cannibalism, barbarism and torture. The end results are a low-budget mystery with too many clues and not enough intrigue to stave off boredom.

1.5 fangs.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Night Flier (1997)

Seeing as this is adapted from a Stephen King short story I didn't really expect much more than the prototypical pseudo-intellectual schlock shock horror that comes with his work and I wasn't far off the mark.

Don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I find most of the movies cast from his fiction to be quite entertaining. I just won't go along with those who say that his writing is better than the movies. Much of it is interesting and teeming with good ideas but the prose is stilted and the delivery formulaic and hackneyed. That is, the plots are more-or-less the same while the characters change. That's a sweeping generality but I think it's also quite applicable.

The movie itself is so-so with decent acting and flow but nothing new in the presentation of King's works. I will admit that the vampire comes across a bit more scary than your garden variety blood-sucking count but I wouldn't call it innovative in the least.

2 fangs out of 4.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fangs of the Living Dead (1969)

A 38-year-old virgin inherits a castle, an ancestral brood of vampires and a plot straight out of the vampire cookie cutter thematic cinema playbook. Luckily, she also inherits some steam piano and Wurlitzer that give this beautifully filmed picture the atmosphere it deserves despite the shoddy script. Although it has many shortcomings it's still quite enjoyable as the period timepiece that it is.