The Vineyard (1989)

R  |   |  Horror  |  July 1989 (USA)
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Dr. Elson Po is one of the world's most famous wine growers. He has a magic potion which has kept him handsome and alive during the centuries. However, lately the magic which rejuvenates ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elson Po
Jezebel Fairchild (as Karen Witter)
Michael Wong ...
Lars Wangberg ...
Lucas Carroll
Cheryl Madsen ...
Nancy Stone
Cheryl Lawson ...
Claudia Lee
Rue Douglas ...
Brad Fuller
Brian Whitman
Sherri Ball ...
Celeste Jones
Paul Edmonds
Ruth Lin ...
Harry Mok ...
Warrior (as Michael Quion)
Lissa Zappardino ...
Tina Po
Mark (Mechanic)
Vivian Lee ...
Young / Old mother Po


Dr. Elson Po is one of the world's most famous wine growers. He has a magic potion which has kept him handsome and alive during the centuries. However, lately the magic which rejuvenates him seem to be less and less effective. As a side project he make movies and invites a group of young, aspiring actors to his private island for a party, believing that the young, handsome actress Jezebel can be his new source of life. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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An island of death fueled by the blood of its victims.




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July 1989 (USA)  »

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A Maldição dos Zumbis  »

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Dr. Elson Po: Castrate him!
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Written and Performed by Jeremy Fox and Tom Twoey
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"Thank-you for long jeopardy."
9 March 2013 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Watch as actor James Hong (who also co-wrote and co-direct) puts on a show! He steals every frame he's in, but this is because the competition is few and far between. When he isn't obsessively going off his rocker and having his face morph about, you're probably transfixed by the presence (not the acting) of playmate bunny Karen Witter. Hong's depraved character definitely is, but the scenes they mostly share are less than interesting other than the daft climatic showdown. Outside of Hong and Karl Heinz-Tuber, the majority of the performances are one-note and vacant.

Dr. Elson Po is a world renowned wine grower, but he also has a dark secret with an obsession for the forbidden secrets of immortality. To stop the rapid aging process, Po feeds on the life-force of the young aspiring actresses he invites to his island.

"The Vinyard" is low-rent and quite sloppy, despite the amusing unhinged mad doctor / black magic hokum. It has its moments with some ghoulish jolts, sleazy encounters and nasty monster make-up FX (zombies join the party), but it can be patchy and lackadaisical in scenes. Moments can be quite talky (numerous boring exchanges) with the silly script throwing about strange ideas, spiritual themes and linking it with Chinese mythology. At times it can be atmospheric, but its villa and vineyard setting on a secluded island is never taken full advantage of. Even throw in a dungeon with chains.

"You're in a lot of danger here."

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