The film is odd, it does have to be said. Mixing hints of witchcraft, séances, the Book of Enoch, a Lovecraftian nod (the location is called Dunwich), zombies and some vampire lore sprinkled on top for good luck. The story is bereft of detail but Fulci makes it dreamlike enough that you don’t care and it has some of the best gore sequences from eighties horror. The arrow DVD set – as always – is a fabulous release.
|death of Father Thomas|
|Christopher George as Bell|
Over at Dunwich a strange young man called Bob (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) goes into a disused building, finds a blow-up doll and then sees something that looks like a worm infested, rotting baby. In the bar nearby the barflies comment about odd things since Father Thomas’ suicide as they speak a mirror breaks and then a crack opens in a wall. A woman called Sandra (Janet Agren) talks to a man called Gerry (Carlo De Mejo) – it seems like a psychiatrist session, that is interrupted by a girl who might have been Gerry’s other half, called Emily (Antonella Interlenghi). Emily says she is going to go and see Bob. After Emily leaves, Sandra talks about her mother being branded a witch – we hear a lot about Dunwich being cursed as it was built over the original Salem.
|Catriona MacColl as Mary|
|those old red eyes|
|back and looking rough|
|fangs or a trick of the light?|
So, what do you think on this one, Vamp or Not?
The imdb page is here.