Children of the Night (1991)

R  |   |  Horror  |  6 September 1991 (Canada)
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A schoolteacher teams up with with a priest to stop a town being overrun by vampires.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Gardner
Lucy Barrett
Maya McLaughlin ...
Cindy Thompson
Evan MacKenzie ...
Frank Aldin
Shirley Spiegler Jacobs ...
Josette DiCarlo ...
Officer Gates
Lloyd J. Kalicki ...
Daniel Arthur Wray ...
Doc Fisher
Roger Perkovich ...
Gus Willman
Ray Maurin ...
Mayor Horton
Stacy Montezon ...
Bekki Vallin ...
Jessica's Mom
Butch Mounce ...
The Milkman


Cindy and Lucy are eighteen and going away to college. As a ritual they must rid themselves of the dirt of their small home town (Allburg) by swimming in an abandoned church crypt. They jump in and begin talking about sex when Lucys crucifix falls into the water and drifts down to land on Czakyr's (an ancient vampire) head, apparently waking him up. Some time onwards a school teacher from a nearby town, Mark, gets directed to Allburg to help Lucy and her grandmother, who are suspected to be in trouble. Lucy becomes the target of a town turned vampire because of her 'virgin blood'. Mark, Lucy and an old wino shack up in an abandoned building outside of town but eventually get lured back to Allburg by the locals. There, with a giant glowing cross spearing the front of their Toyota, they take the town on and battle Czakyr. They win and life is restored to its original normalcy. Written by K. Wedgwood

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Rated R for horror violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 September 1991 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Crianças da Noite  »

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Shot in 26 days. See more »


Mark Gardner: Let her go, you big, dumb, ugly FUCK!
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poor acting in this vampire flick, but some interesting visuals
8 June 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Two young women go swimming in a flooded church (a neat setting, though it recalls Argento's Inferno). The cross necklace one of them wears sinks to the bottom, somehow reviving a vampire. The vampire is in some sort of hibernation, a state in which its lungs and esophagus are outside of its body! Sometime later, a schoolteacher visits a priest friend who has a vampire captive. It, too, keeps its lungs outside its body. The teacher doesn't want to believe in vampires, but as he tries to help other people finds they are very real.

Most of the acting in this film is very, very bad. Perhaps it's intentionally campy, I don't know. However, I did like the flooded church, the weird vampiric hibernation, and a post-feeding scene where a vampire shoots some sort of cocoon out of its mouth that envelopes its body.

Not really recommended, but vampire fans might enjoy some of the original effects.

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