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Vampires (1986)

The students at a private art school are unaware that the school's headmistress is secretly using a machine to extract the life energy from young girls there.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Harmon
Jackie James ...
Madeline Abadon
John Bly ...
Robin Michaels ...
Orly Benyar ...
Ione (as Orly Benyair)
Thomas Ostuni ...
Karen Nielsen ...
Vicki Richardson ...
Dennis Meyera ...
Leo Fuller
Joey Hoeber ...
Frank (as Thomas Belgrey)
Branden Marlowe ...
Evangelist / Mummy
Jett Julian ...
George (as Jeff Tuten)
Lawrence Novikoff ...
Patrick Taylor ...


A female student wins a scholarship from the elite private Abadon art school. What she doesn't know is that a horrible experiment was conducted there decades ago and someone wants to do it again. A couple of students goes missing and she starts hearing voices that can instantly drain all of her willpower. She befriends a strange but friendly older paranormal investigator, who seems to know more than he's leading on both about the school and her. The school was founded by the ominous Abadon family and its current headmistress is the only living Abadon family member left. She has a special interest in the young student. Is the place haunted, what was the experiment about and why is everyone so interested in this girl? The movie is partially edited from Negatives (1988) and into Fright House (1989) (V).

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May 1988 (France)  »

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In the movie, the last name Abadon is intentionally very similar to Abaddon. In the Hebrew Bible, Abaddon is the name of a bottomless pit that leads to the realm of the dead. In the New Testament, the Book of Revelation also mentions Abaddon but as the name of the angel of destruction and king of the armies of locusts. In Greek and Latin, the word is translated as the Destroyer. See more »


Edited from Negatives (1988) See more »

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Very low budget vampire movie without much cohesion
16 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

VAMPIRES is an exceptionally low budget vampire movie, filmed in 1986. It doesn't make much sense in terms of editing or narrative cohesion. The story is set at a girl's school which hides a very dark secret and the headmistress is involved. If you think this all sounds a bit like SUSPIRIA then you couldn't be further from the truth, because this is very cheap and lacklustre as a result.

The film is most notable for starring a middle-aged Duane Jones, he of the instantly recognisable face from his role as Ben in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Jones plays in support as an academic who assists our film's youthful heroine in her quest to uncover the truth. Inevitably, he's the best thing about the production. Otherwise, you get incessantly loud music drowning out the scenes, some nudity, an adequately-realised high school setting, and not much in the way of incident. It's a bit of a time waster, if I'm honest.

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