Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes
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One of the dangers of digital video is that it often falls into the wrong hands. It’s cheaper than film. It’s more accessible, and it’s easier to use as well. As a result, those who would never be able to finance their films on their own have now been liberated. “Vampire Night” belongs in this genre. This is the sort of film that never gets released, it just sort of escapes.
With its awful dialogue, cheesy sets, and a cliche driven plot, it is hard to tell what “Vampire Night” is exactly. At times it seems like a slap stick comedy, but it takes itself far too seriously, so I’m inclined to think its some sort of feeble attempt at a Horror film. Peggy Johans (Heather Metcalfe) is a girl with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Soon after moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, Peggy gets mixed up with a gang of sexy vampire vixens, led by the malevolent Dracula-imitation Vezrech (Robert Michæl Ryan). Concerned about his sister, Peggy’s macho brother Carl (Jimmy Jerman), a former Navy SEAL, then comes to LA to do deadly battle with, you guessed it, the bad guys.
“Vampire Night” is some real hokey stuff. While the visuals are in sharp digital resolution, the thought that goes behind them is pretty uncreative and uninspired. The performances are beyond awkward, wooden, and incomplete: it looks like a bunch of people doing the director a favor, by reluctantly indulging his ideas. The actual content is neither funny nor scary. Its meaning becomes rather ambiguous -perhaps that is what Director Jason Stephens was going for.
Posted on October 25, 2000 in Reviews by Morgan Miller
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