Director: Anthony Hickox Cast: David Carradine, Jim Metzler, Morgan Brittany

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Director Anthony Hickox (Waxwork) crafted this entertaining bit of horror-western fusion about the vampiric residents of a remote, dusty desert town who have chosen to derive their sustenance from a plasma-manufacturing plant in an attempt to put aside their monstrous nature and peacefully co-exist with humans. When the plant begins malfunctioning, the town's leaders summon the designer, David Harrison (Jim Metzler), to look into the problem. Soon after Harrison and his wife Sarah (Morgan Brittany) arrive, however, they find themselves in the thick of an escalating rivalry between two vampire factions -- one led by peaceful Count Mardulak (David Carradine), who ordered the blood plant as part of his plan to integrate the dying vampire race into human society; and the old-school bloodsuckers, under the sinister Jefferson (John Ireland), who consider Mardulak and his followers traitors to their predatory heritage. While the Harrisons' fates hang in the balance, the scales are jostled further by the arrival of a man named Van Helsing (Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, in a surprisingly low-key performance), descendant of the legendary vampire hunter, whose disorganized efforts at wiping out town's undead populace are impeded by his growing attraction to a pretty young vampire (Deborah Foreman). With tongue firmly in cheek, this semi-parody plays off audiences' familiarity with the conventions of the vampire genre, but it seldom sacrifices creepiness and suspense when needed. It marked a creative step forward for Hickox (who would later stumble with Hellraiser III), who clearly tailors his projects to seasoned horror buffs.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2008
UPC: 0031398100065
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 31,578

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Anthony Hickox and director of photography Levie Isaacks; "A Vampire Reformed" interview with David Carradine; "Memories of Moab" interview with Bruce Campbell; "A True Character" interview with M. Emmet Walsh; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Carradine Jozek Mardulak
Jim Metzler David Harrison
Morgan Brittany Sarah
Maxwell Caulfield Shane
M. Emmet Walsh Steve Bailey
Bruce Campbell Van Heusen
Deborah Foreman Sandy
Dana Ashbrook Jack
Elizabeth Gracen Alice
Dabbs Greer Actor
John Hancock Actor
John Ireland Jefferson
Bert Remsen Actor

Technical Credits
Anthony Hickox Director,Screenwriter
Fernando Altschul Art Director
John Burgess Original Story,Screenwriter
Christopher Cibelli Editor
Dan Ireland Executive Producer
Levie Isaacks Cinematographer
Jack Lorenz Executive Producer
David Brian Miller Production Designer
Leonard Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Quigley Producer
Jef Richard Producer
Richard Stone Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
1. Getting Into Trouble [4:27]
2. "Can't Take the Sun?" [2:46]
3. Disciplinary Problems [5:21]
4. Expected Visitors [4:25]
5. Temper Tantrum [3:24]
6. Night Intruder [4:13]
7. Young Forever [4:26]
8. "Let's Get to Work" [2:18]
9. Moving Along [5:29]
10. Secret Find [2:38]
11. Asking Questions [4:02]
12. Vampire Trouble [4:41]
13. The Dream [3:51]
14. Tired of It [4:30]
15. Gathering Forces [4:59]
16. Fulfilling Destiny [3:37]
17. Midnight Attack [4:40]
18. Waging War [3:46]
19. Under Fire [2:54]
20. Taking Charge [2:52]
21. "Daddy's Home" [4:30]
22. Nothing You Can Do [4:51]
23. Not Your War [4:44]
24. Deadly Duel [10:44]

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