A Los Angeles student working as a coroner's assistant falls in love with a strange young woman.

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David Balsiger
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John Bennick ...
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A Coroner's assistant (who is also a law student) gets involved in a strange case involving his girlfriend's place of employment (a hospital) and Vampires after Milton King is drained of his blood. Strange things happen as a defrocked priest tries to thwart all efforts to solve this case. Written by George Britt <georgebritt@hotmail.com>

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15 November 1982 (USA)  »

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Desire, the Vampire  »

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The movie was originally titled "I, Desire", when it premiered on ABC in 1982. See more »

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Underrated Gem of a Horror Film
18 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

David Balsiger (David Naughton) works the night shift at the city morgue, watching over the "cold room". He's just moved in with his girlfriend, Cheryl Gillen (Marilyn Jones), a nurse. A corpse shows up with puncture wounds on its neck, drained of its blood. A priest comes in, apparently from the man's family, to give last rites, then disappears. Moments later, the man's rabbi shows up. David tells the police, and begins to become wrapped up in the case, which appears to be some kind of serial murderer who is at least mimicking vampirism.

Despite a slight clunkiness in a couple spots and a too-understated climax, which caused me to subtract one point from this film's score, this is an incredibly underrated and too-little-known horror flick. It has some resemblances to Taxi Driver, including that film's wonderful grittiness, but as a vampire film.

Perhaps with a different cast, Desire, The Vampire (aka I, Desire) would be a much lesser film, but Naughton, who is the focus here--we're following him 90-percent of the time, is fabulous. As he becomes more wrapped up in the strange events, so do we, and we empathetically experience the odd, alienating reaction that he begins to receive from others. Brad Dourif is extra-creepy in the film, and in many ways he's the biggest villain in a film that has many besides the obvious, titular one.

This film deserves much more recognition. A 9 out of 10 from me.


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