The cinema's first vampire Western! Young women in a small Western town are dying one by one of an unknown malady involving massive blood loss. The Carter family's ranch is being terrorized by ruthless land baron Buffer. And a mysterious black-clad gunfighter with an aversion to sunlight has just arrived in town. Written by
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Working titles: "Affairs of a Vampire" and "Mark of the West" See more »
Dr. John Carter:
You know I can't figure it, I didn't think Dora would last the night.
Preacher Dan Young:
I'd like to think my prayers helped some.
Dr. John Carter:
Well I know for sure it wasn't my medicine, Fuller girl died an hour ago. I poured over every medical book I could get my hands on, I can't find a thing about an epidemic effecting only young girls. If I were supersticous I'd say it was more like a curse. Well, at the expense of my medical pride, I have to admit it was your medicine that did the trick, her pulse is normal, she's ...
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I've always liked this movie: it takes a theme that could easily have been preposterous (a vampire Western?) and handles it with restraint, dignity, a nice feel for its two respective folklores, and deep, handsome B&W photography. It's an easy step from natural to supernatural for that classic Western icon, the mysterious, black-clad gunslinger who rides into town by night, and the rest of the movie is just as comfortable a blend. The laconic vampire, Drake Robey ("The dead don't bother me, ma'am, it's the living that give me trouble") is a noble monster who first preys on, then falls for the feisty rancher heroine, and there's a neat iconic scene involving a bullet mounted with Preacher Dan's precious fragment of the True Cross. Really a classy little movie and most unfairly overlooked - I can't believe this is the first comment on it!
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