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Graveyard Shift (1987)

R | | Horror | 12 June 1987 (USA)
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
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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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Lots of people work the graveyard shift, policemen, waiters, taxi drivers... vampires See more »

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12 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Central Park Drifter  »

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1.85 : 1
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Featured in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) 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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A much maligned but fairly likable slice of vampy romance
9 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With a 4.0 average rating and a serious drubbing from most commenters here, Graveyard Shift (aka. Central Park Drifter) seems to be far from especially popular, and its not difficult to see why, although I had a favorable enough overall time with it for all its problems. Written and directed by Gerard Ciccoritti it tells in style wild yet melancholic fashion of taxi driving vampire Stephen Tsepses and his relationship with a comely music video director. Meanwhile her husband gets displeased, Stephen does a fair amount of biting and his female protégés do a good deal of their own as well. Plotwise the film seems to want to look at urban alienation, fears of mortality, perverse sexuality and the like, but the treatment is some distance from dealing with such themes adequately, the film does however have a constantly interesting feel to it. I'm pretty sure Ciccoritti was either a music video director prior to this film, or at least watched a lot of them because the film is liberally dosed with kinky imagery, but moreover is full of stylised sets, artificial looking lighting and soft focused camera-work, it is often overtly like a rock promo and makes for some unintended chuckles, but quite often contrives an effective nightworld ambiance, lonely, unreal and morbidly glamorous, a glamour devoid of glitz or even much feeling of life. The music video styling are both the films most notable point and its biggest drawback, for it neglects areas like writing, genuine fear or much in the way of bloodshed or serious seediness in favor of telling pretty much the whole thing in superficial promo style, even when pretty visually interesting I kept wishing for some actual emotional clout, or some straightforwardly handled sleaze or violence. The body-count, or should I say bite-count is at a perfectly acceptable level and there are a few breasts on display, but never to particularly useful effect. These issues aside, I enjoyed Graveyard Shift, broadly speaking, even when I chuckled at it, or shook my head at a particularly glaring wedge of 80's fried cheese. It creates a world for itself, not an imitation of ours or an obvious riff on someone else's conception, its own world, its own characters and feelings, and it is created with sufficiently attractive strokes to be somewhat compelling, and though the actors grapple almost throughout with the over mannered dialogue they suit the piece well, heck the dialogues problems suit the visuals alright as well. Silvio Oliviero has an effective air of cadaverous lonely wisdom, Helen Papas is suitably sad but gutsy as his new love and Cliff Stoker fills out his jealous husband turn pretty nicely. The supporting cast are more often amusing than anything else, but there are no disgraces. Altogether, the film tells its story pretty well, with enough interest, intrigue and visual fun to make it a pretty endearing experience to me. Which is no guarantee that its actually a good film, but screw it, I had a good time.


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