5.2/10
617
16 user 10 critic

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 »

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writer:

Andrew Laskos
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

God and Satan are on a train discussing the fate of three individuals. The stories of the people in question are told in a trio of very strange vignettes. One involves an insane asylums ... See full summary »

Directors: John Carr, Phillip Marshak, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Barbara Wyler, Jamie Scoggin, Stacey Lyons
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A strangler known as the Kenbourne Killer has been murdering streetwalkers for 25 years. The police set out to track him down.

Director: Petra Haffter
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Uwe Bohm, Sophie Ward
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Police suspect a young teenager who was horrifically abused by her family and raped by her father of finally snapping and slaughtering them all.

Director: Kai-Ming Lai
Stars: Yuk-kwan Chan, Lily Chung, Daisy
High Spirits (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Teenager Melissa moves into a small town filled with racial prejudice and bullying and each time she meets up with one of the boys in town, they end up murdered - but who is the killer?

Director: Jim Sotos
Stars: Bo Hopkins, Susan Strasberg, Patrick Macnee
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident.

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Kent McCord, James T. Callahan, Sarah Douglas
Count Dracula (TV Movie 1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

It is the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Maria does not like what is going on during the "Auto De Fe". When she speaks out, she is arrested and accused of being a witch. Torquemada has ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Stephen Lee, William Norris
Werewolf (1987–1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Young Eric has been bitten by a werewolf. However, he's not particularly thrilled by this turn of affairs and wishes to escape his curse. To do so, he must find and kill the founder of his ... See full summary »

Stars: John J. York, Lance LeGault, Chuck Connors
King of the Ants I (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt
Robot Jox (1989)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories.... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo
Bleacher Bums (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Roberta Custer, Richard Fire, Dennis Franz
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fille des ténèbres See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Devlin: If your old man's a vampire... what does that make you?
See more »

Connections

References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed