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Kathryn Leigh Scott
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That creepy 70s low-budget style is used very effectively here.
The great thing about the low-budget horror films of the 1970s is how they often end up being very effective and atmospheric yet with a very realistic style. There's very little or even no studio constraints and no rule by committee, so the small group of the director and crew tend to have a lot more flexibility to try things, as well as the actors being responsible for the way their parts are played. This entry is a good example of such. Yes there are rough spots, yet there are surprisingly good moments, and these outweigh any sore areas in this chilling vampire story. The other aspect is the use of location and lack of studio polish giving the film a quality that suggests realism more so than any studio production usually does. And I cannot stress enough the limited but effective music track. It is a sad state that every modern Hollywood horror film has to have an incessant and overly loud music track to drown out the miserably weak and/or plainly stupid plot, now that Hollywood has basically co-opted the low-budget horror film with remakes of the 70s horror classics but on a big budget, the antithesis of the originals. Not that this plot was the greatest ever, but it was uniquely interesting and unusual enough to keep a good hold on the viewer.
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