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Monday, April 25, 2016

VAMPIRES (1986) Coming to DVD May 10th. It'll Suck the Schlock Out of You!

In a strange turn of events I was about to watch the Vinegar Syndrome release of Fright House on DVD this evening. It was a perk for the fundraiser for their Exploitation TV streaming service.  What does that have to do with Len Anthony's Vampires released in 1986 and now hitting DVD from Chest Media Group?

They are sister movies. Essentially two separate releases come from the same "trunk" of a movie whose filming ended prematurely do to financial reasons. Fright House was one, an anthology Horror picture whose cover looks like Grandpa Munster discovered reflective contact lenses and the release du jour. Do not confuse this one with the John Carpenter's Vampires or Vampyres or the recent remake of Vampyres (that's a whole lotta vamps).

We will have a report after reviewing this one shortly and will include notes on Fright House as well. That release is not for sale outside of the fundraiser so it may be hard to come by. It fetches $60 on eBay.

From Chest Media Group:

Cult, ’80s, B-Movie Rarity on DVD May 10th

At a prestigious, all-girls, prep school, things go terribly awry in the underground, horror flick Vampires, resurrecting on DVD May 10 from Film Chest Media Group.

Originally filmed as the second part of the 1989 cult anthology classic Fright House, this would be the last film of Len Anthony (Murderous Intent, Document of the Dead). Principal cinematographer Ernest Dickerson went on to shoot Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and direct several episodes of AMC’s iconic horror series The Walking Dead. With a unique spin on the vampire genre, full of camp, heavy synth music and thought-provoking horror, Vampires is the perfect timestamp of ’80s, schlock cinema.

An eager, young student, Ione (Orly Benyar, Fright House, Ninja Academy) is excited to begin the next chapter of her life when she is awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious art school at the Abadon estate in New England … Which happens to have a distant history of working with the criminally insane. Soon after arriving on campus, she begins to realize something is amiss with the
student body. When some classmates go missing – and no one can seem to account for their
whereabouts – Ione decides to investigate.

While searching for clues, Ione encounters Dr. Charles Harmon (Duane Jones, the doomed hero from the horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Ganja & Hess, To Die For), who tells her about Madeline Abadon (Jackie James, Over the Brooklyn Bridge, Fright House) and her quest to suck the youthful energy from students in order to gain immortality.

Charles is then encumbered with the harrowing task of disarming Madeline and her “mad scientist”
machine … But will he be able to end the demonic foray on campus before it’s too late?
Vampires is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound.

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