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Daughter of Darkness (1990)

The Daughter of Darkness is an atmospheric, sub-hallucinogenic venture into the world of the unknown. The enigma facing the young woman is the identity of her father. Unfortunately for her ... See full summary »


Stuart Gordon


Andrew Laskos


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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Anton / Prince Constantine
Mia Sara ... Katherine Thatcher
Robert Reynolds Robert Reynolds ... Grigore
Dezsö Garas Dezsö Garas ... Max
Jack Coleman ... Devlin
Erika Bodnár Erika Bodnár ... Nicole
Kati Rák Kati Rák
Ági Margitai Ági Margitai
Attila Lõte Attila Lõte
Mari Kiss Mari Kiss ... Elena
Ferenc Némethy Ferenc Némethy
István Hunyadkürthy István Hunyadkürthy


The Daughter of Darkness is an atmospheric, sub-hallucinogenic venture into the world of the unknown. The enigma facing the young woman is the identity of her father. Unfortunately for her she becomes drawn into a small Romanian underworld of brooding menace, darkness, torture chambers and bizarrely over make-overed vampires. The moody undertones and well chosen locations are certainly a bonus as is the comically funny finale. Written by Paul Lancaster <pbl1@ukc.ac.uk>

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Finding the truth about her father is her only dream... ...but following her dreams is about to become her worst nightmare. (UK DVD) See more »




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Release Date:

26 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fille des ténèbres See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Devlin: If your old man's a vampire... what does that make you?
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Disappointingly tame vampire TV movie
4 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A disappointing addition to the vampire film which definitely lacks bite when dealing with its subject - now, this may not be surprising considering the TV-movie format, but it is a bit of a surprise when the director is none other than Stuart Gordon, the gentleman renowned for his two on-the-edge additions to 1980s horror cinema, RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND. Gordon here displays little of the vitality or skill he brought to his most famous movies and instead acts like more of a journeyman director, happy to pick up his paycheque with minimal effort. Not that the film is entirely bad - sure, the Romanian setting is nice and there are some arty tracking shots and good cinematography to give the movie a Euro feel. But the script is mundane and the story, which starts off so well, soon falls by the wayside.

The first hour of the film consists of the plot set-up, with nothing being explained too fully. Thus, we have a sense of mystery and a fairly close realism building up a little tension here and there. Unfortunately once the major plot twist is revealed and the vampires come to light (as it were), the film falls to pieces and becomes yet another clichéd bad guys vs. good guys fight to the finish, displaying little in the way of logic or surprises. The effects are minimal and the vampires largely lacking in interest, a typically boring group of Gothic types. The only difference is that they suck blood through their tongues rather than with fangs, although why exactly the lore was rewritten is unexplained as it isn't used for anything other than novelty value. The violence is mostly offscreen and the only thing to recommend in the film are some fairly good makeups used for the finale.

Acting wise, there are no great surprises here and nothing to make you sit up in your seat. Mia Sara (LEGEND) portrays yet another young, fragile heroine in a matter-of-fact way and her acting is neither particularly good or particularly bad, just so-so. It is good to see Anthony Perkins (EDGE OF SANITY) employing another of his sinister characters - complete with black eyeliner - but he seems mostly wasted in an ambivalent part. Robert Reynolds is forgettable and uninteresting as the evil vampire villain, although Dezso Garas is surprisingly good as the kind-hearted taxi driver with a dark secret. DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS is only worth watching if it's a quiet night and you're looking for some easy viewing before you go to bed.

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