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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  2 November 1991 (Japan)
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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 <>

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


Comedy | Horror


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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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Offbeat but not terribly engaging
31 August 2015 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Every so often throughout "Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat", you see hints of some good ideas, both serious and comic in nature. Unfortunately, the movie as a whole fails to work. The main problem with the movie is that it tries to do far too much - there are many half-baked subplots, as well as a number of plot points that are vague or simply not explained at all. (There are signs that a significant amount of footage that might have explained things was cut out in the editing room.) Another problem with the movie is its attitude. Director Anthony Hickox seems to be intentionally making his cast give a sort of "Ha ha, aren't we funny?" tone to their performances, almost as if he and his cast are laughing at the audience. In the end, the movie simply isn't anywhere as funny as it thinks it is, and the horror angle of the movie also isn't terribly successful. The one good thing about the movie is the musical score by Richard Stone, though at times it sure sounds like it was composed for a completely different movie. If you must see the movie, make sure you watch a widescreen version, because the pan and scan version results in some very awkward moments.

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