Several years after his death by electrocution in the late
1930s, ghoulish rapist and murderer Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki) rises from his
crypt and brutally assaults young Leslie Hollander (Kitty Vallacher). Leslie becomes
pregnant by Croft and delivers a baby boy, whom she nurses with bottles of blood.
The child matures into James Eastman (William Smith), who sets out to find
and kill his father. Enrolled at college, James discovers his father is posing
as Professor Lockwood. Following a seance hosted by the professor for his students,
James confronts his dad in a showdown between good and evil!
desicated Dracula rises from a grave to commit rape and murder; only for his half-undead
(?) son to seek him out for revenge some thirty going on forty years later. The
pace is chillingly slow; you may start to wonder if you have rigor mortis, or
the actors ... or even the director.
The plot grinds towards its rather
predictable ending, leaving you sitting on the edge of your seat (closer to the
off button?). But the movie really does have its moments.
The first view
of the wee laddie drinking his first drop of the red stuff really is a treat,
and the way the vampire's victims queue up to be brutally murdered does force
you to wonder what the film would have been like if Buffy were around. Over in
12 minutes, is my guess.
Not for the casual film goer, this one, but a must
for all serious vampire fans.
- Starring: William Smith,
Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden, Kitty Vallacher, Eric Mason, Lieux Dressler,
Jay Scott, William Guhl, Jay Adler, Abbi Henderson, Carmen Argenziano, Margaret
Fairchild, Lindus Guinness, Inga Neilson, Mike Pataki, Frank Whiteman
Time: 90 min.
- Released: 1972, ALP
- Director: John Hayes
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- Book Source: The Still Life by David Chase
Release Date: 1 March 2004