Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Release Date: 1996
Fred Olen Ray is at it again, mixing softcore sex scenes into a vampire story. This one doesn’t shy away either – indeed it showed a heck of a lot of nudity and flirted along the periphery of hardcore – not straying into that arena, but only just.
It begins… with sex. A couple, Scott (Tim Abell) and Jennifer Travers (Teresa Politi), making love. They finish and lie on the bed and then she vanishes… just like that. He wakes up, having fallen asleep in front of his laptop. There is a message on the screen and we see the word nightshade. He visits Jennifer’s grave and it becomes apparent that she has only recently passed away. He has been off work for a month and is going back the next day.
Dead of Night), who is clearly coming on strong – he narrowly dodges her advances. When he gets home he phones his friend Jack (Don Scribner), a PI. Jack asks about the messages from the mysterious Electra – including the one that says nightshade – and warns him that curiosity killed the cat.
Revamped), are exchanging looks that sees a free drink brought over to him. We also notice that Charmagne wears an ankh pendant – but inverted.
Of course the strip club is quite a clichéd location for setting a vampire film. The film seems to recognise this and when Jennifer is asked why she now lives and works in a strip club, she responds that it comes with the territory. None of the performances stand out but, given that many of the cast were more used to starring in adult films, none of the performances are too offensive either.
Actually I didn’t mind this one. 3 out of 10 – it would have been higher if they had bothered to put in any single bit of back story that explained the whys and wherefores and thus gave the film a point beyond nudity. The imdb page is here.