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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

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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.

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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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2 November 1991 (Japan)  »

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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 »

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Bailey: This is no life for a vampire!
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References Crescendo (1970) See more »

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You Need Me
Written and performed by Chuck Francour
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Fun vampire comedy - fang in cheek all the way.

I was leery of this one- the same director had been responsible for the inept, tasteless and repulsive WAXWORK. That film and SUNDOWN are night and day - so to speak. This is a very funny comedy about a group of vampires attempting to go straight, holed up in a western town, hiding under sun block, big hats and sunglasses and using a substitute blood drink to avoid reverting to the old ways. Of course a rebel group is about just that. Then a few human strangers wander into town and all hell breaks loose.

I'd never seen Bruce Campbell before and thought he was just hilarious

  • more so for being strikingly handsome enough to be a romantic leading
man. Any actor who will play against his looks (ala Johnny Depp) has my vote. I found David Carradine rather poor, however. John Ireland is fine as the leader of the rebel pack and Maxwell Caulfield has his moments as the lecherous Shane (western pun intended). The fun score begins with a Jerome Moross (THE BIG COUNTRY) musical quote and parodies the western scoring genre all the way. A disappointment was the merely brief appearance of Christopher Bradley as biker, Chaz,(resembling the early George Michael of WHAM days), who has about five scenes and disappears in a few minutes time. The character looked intriguing, but I imagine the editors dropped an entire story line during the final cut.

This is a surprisingly good, fun and tasteful horror comedy show and is recommended.


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