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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.

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Sandy
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Madge
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Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences. Written by <robin.poole@octacon.co.uk>

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There's two kinds of folks in Purgatory. Vampires and lunch. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Western

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2 November 1991 (Japan)  »

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A víz nem válik vérré  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the first few minutes of the film there is a poster for the Ken Russell film Vampire which never made it beyond the script. See more »

Goofs

In the first bat scene it is mentioned that when in bat form vampires are nude, and this is verified in the following scene where Shane attempts to rape Sarah. However, this is ignored for the remainder of the film, with vampires switching forms while remaining fully clothed regularly. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Jefferson: We are special - we are hunters - we kill.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Sadie Lou
Written by Sugar Hall
Performed by Woody Thorne
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Harmonious combination of classic genres
11 March 2000 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise - a charming vampire western that respects the genres (Western fans will love the classic John Ford-esque setting and epic soundtrack!) while maintaining both an action plotline and likeable, understandable characters. Bruce Campbell is hilarious as an over-the-top Van Helsing descendant (who goes thru a most unexpected change!), John Ireland is impressive as the rebel vampire leader and David Carradine is strong and dignified as the Count who keeps an ancient secret identity. Lots of human warmth and sympathy (Carradine's townful of Western vampires, drinking a synthetic blood substitute, yearns to be free of human predation and to someday live on equal terms with mankind) distinguishes this from many other modern vampire flicks; the Count's reaction upon feeling forgiven by God is genuinely moving. Even your non-horror-fan friends will like this one.


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