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Title:   Grave of the Vampire
Director:   John Hayes
Year:   1974
Genre:   Vampire
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.04.06

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Date Viewed Venue Note
11.04.06DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2006
AKA Seed of Terror, this movie is about a half-breed vampire who's on a quest to kill his pappy. No, it's not a Blade prequel, it's a Weird Wednesday-worthy drive-in movie from the heart of the 70s starring WIlliam Smith as the seed. Actually, As a Weird Wednesday I think it'd be pretty slow. I don't know of too many 90-minute movies with a 30-minute prologue... but there are maybe 3 or 4 moments here (including the end when it flashes "FIN" up on the screen along with a phrase in french (i chose to believe it translated to "...or is it???") that made watching it worthwhile. This is actually a pretty quiet performance by Smith... for the most part at least. At the climax when the father vampire (who's now a college professor) asks who he is, Smith screams "I'm your son! Conceived in a grave! And Now I'm here to vanquish you!" about as over the top as you're thinking now. It's great.

Mostly though, this movie is pretty tame. You'd think if they were gonna spend a half hour on the setup to the story, the least they could do is show a baby sucking on a bloody boob, right? Wrong. We get a decidedly PG-rated version of it here. Just a shot of fake blood like on the center of her chest then a close-up of blood dripping on lips that I'd give 50/50 odds of actually belonging to a baby. I think I saw some stubble in there.

Still, it makes you think about how cool the Blade series would've been with William Smith instead of Wesley Snipes. I know, right!?

That got me in the right mood though because up next is a Russ Meyer double feature!
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