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Graveyard Shift (1987)

R | | Horror | 12 June 1987 (USA)
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A vampire who works as a taxi driver meets and romances a young woman whom he turns into a fellow vamp, which prompts her jealous and estranged husband to try to kill both of them.

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Michael A. Miranda ...
Stephen Tsepes (as Silvio Oliviero)
Helen Papas ...
Michelle Hayden
Cliff Stoker ...
Eric Hayden
Dorin Ferber ...
Gilda
Dan Rose ...
Robert Kopple
John Haslett Cuff ...
Det. Winsome
Don James ...
Det. Smith
Michael Bockner ...
Coronor
Lesley Kelly ...
Officer Arbus
Martin Bockner ...
Shlr Digger
Frank Procopio ...
Marlo Bava
Kim Cayer ...
Suzy
Sugar Bouche ...
Fabulous Franne
Jessie Taylor ...
Swimming Pool Blonde
Ron Bacardi ...
Guy in Strip Joint
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Night brings out the hungerin people, especially a mysterious NY cab driver. He is a powerful vampire. And working the night shift brings a sultry array of sensuous passengers within his grasp. Embracing those ready to die, he controls an erratic but well-balanced vampire realm. Then unexpectedly, he discovers erotic human passion-unleashing a raging, terrorizing evil. When a slew of innocent citizens are senselessly slaughtered, the baffled police must solve a 350 year old mystery of unsated passion. Written by Colonel Sir Harry Flashman VC <col_flashman@earthlink.net>

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An after hours love story. See more »

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12 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Central Park Drifter  »

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Followed by Graveyard Shift II (1988) See more »

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Alone in Love
Music by Nicholas Pike
Lyrics by Steve Augeri
Performed by Steve Augeri
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Stark and stylish
14 September 2003 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a real find, a sharp, noir tale of isolation and loneliness on both sides of the mortal divide. Stylish compositions and lighting, made more effective by a storyline set entirely at night, shape the story of Stephen, a world-weary, centuries-old vampire drawing closer to his longed-for death by feeding only on already-dying women. The victims remain alive but develop an intense bloodlust which soon wraps the city in an epidemic of slasher murders, each needing blood at the same time as all the others (in a striking scene, one woman, trapped in prison at the moment that her sisters are killing, desperately tears open her vampire wound and drinks her own blood). Only the latest victim, Michelle, a terminal cancer patient with whom Stephen has fallen in love, is spared the craving. Michelle tries to save Stephen, but soon both the police and her jealous husband are closing in... The frequently half-naked female hunters add a fetishistic touch (but there's plenty of male nudity as well), and scene after scene takes place in red-walled rooms or tiny pools of light surrounded by pitch-black, neon-studded darkness and wet gleaming streets, lending an overall stark and haunting vibe. If you're a vampire fan but plush Gothic romances and big-budget killfests both leave you yawning, seek this one out.


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