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The Vineyard (1989)

R | | Horror | 21 July 1989 (USA)
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 »

Directors:

James Hong, William Rice

Writers:

James Hong (screenplay), James Hong (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Hong ... Dr. Elson Po
Karen Lorre ... Jezebel Fairchild (as Karen Witter)
Michael Wong ... Jeremy Young
Lars Wanberg Lars Wanberg ... Lucas Carroll (as Lars Wangberg)
Cheryl Madsen Cheryl Madsen ... Nancy Stone
Cheryl Lawson Cheryl Lawson ... Claudia Lee
Rue Douglas Rue Douglas ... Brad Fuller
Sean P. Donahue ... Brian Whitman
Sherri Ball Sherri Ball ... Celeste Jones
Karl-Heinz Teuber ... Paul Edmonds
Ruth Lin Ruth Lin ... Lois
Harry Mok ... Warrior (as Michael Quion)
Lissa Zappardino Lissa Zappardino ... Tina Po
Mark De Alessandro ... Mark (Mechanic)
Vivian Lee Vivian Lee ... Young / Old mother Po
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Storyline

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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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição dos Zumbis See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This is Michael Wong's Hollywood/American film debut, the same actor who was involved in numerous Hong Kong movies such as "Legacy of Rage" (1986) and "In the Line of Duty 4" (1989). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Elson Po: Where's my amulet?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, when they come to the "Thanks to..." section, it reads "Dr. Elson Po thanks..." See more »

Connections

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

VINEYARD DANCE
Written and Performed by Jeremy Fox and Tom Twoey
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Days of Wine and Rotten Zombies...
16 May 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Ah, the perfect culinary combination: cheese and wine! Although, despite what the title and plot summary suggest, it's mainly cheese that we're served here in this thoroughly imbecile and incompetent excuse for an 80's horror movie. James Hong, the star of a literally endless list of TV-shows and bad B-movies, stars, wrote and even co-directed this movie that entirely revolves around himself as a successful and mysterious wine grower who lives on a private island with a bunch of loyal servants. Dr. Po worships an ancient Chinese god and the liquid he produces in his dungeon mainly serves to constantly rejuvenate his own 500-year-old body. He's also on the lookout for a bride and therefore he continuously lures young people to the island with the excuse of casting people for a movie. The girls end up imprisoned in the cellar and the boys become rotten zombies that aimlessly wander around the island. As you can derive from the summary, "The Vineyard" features several interesting ideas but sadly none of them are adequately processed in the screenplay. Late 80's horror movies are often chaotic, but at least a minimum of continuity would have been nice, don't you agree? The make-up art and special effects are tolerable (we've all seen worse, haven't we?) and the girls in the supportive cast are welcome eye-candy, especially Karen Witter and Cheryl Lawson.


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