Saturday, April 17, 2010
Release date: 1971
Sometimes I watch a film and I don’t know where to start with the review. As such I owe a debt to Arbogast as I first came across this at Arbogast on Film. As such, and making no apologies for starting in the same sort of place, I have to say that this is kind of the absent father of the films Martin and Vampire’s Kiss.
Why the absent father? Because there is a substantial difference between this and both of the ‘sons’ and so, whilst nature proves enough to offer a cosmetic similarity, nurture has been missed (and probably for the better, as this is a no-good stoner father). Martin carried much of the ‘is he/isn’t he a vampire’ but with a rugged bleak aspect. Vampire’s Kiss carried a distinct level of humour, but unlike the whimsy here it was a humour with a tainted black heart.
Dracula and Son). Daniel is being released from a psychiatric hospital. He had been in a car crash, in which his best friend died, and now he believes himself to be becoming a vampire. Why? The root cause is not stated but might be because his friend dripped his lifeblood into Daniel’s mouth in the wreck.
5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.