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Blood Ties (1991)

They've melded into modern society. They've evolved. They learned to control their need to feed that ancient desire for human blood that binds the Carpathian family forever. Though it's not enough. Suddenly they're the ones being hunted.

Director:

Jim McBride

Writer:

Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley Venton Harley Venton ... Harry Martin / Harlevon Martinescu
Patrick Bauchau ... Eli Chelarin
Kim Johnston Ulrich ... Amy Lorne (as Kim Johnston-Ulrich)
Michelle Johnson ... Celia
Salvator Xuereb ... Butcherbird 'Butch' Vlad
Jason London ... Cody Puckett
Bo Hopkins ... Chief Hunter
Michael C. Gwynne ... Marvin
Robert Lesser ... Talk show host Alex Smart
Nicholas Kepros Nicholas Kepros ... Vasile
Bill Landrum Bill Landrum ... Guru
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Dragomir
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Vampire hunter #2
Robert Miano ... Vampire Hunter #3
Marilyn Rockafellow Marilyn Rockafellow ... Managing editor of the Long Beach Post Gazette
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Storyline

This film concerns the exploits of the "Carpathian American" society in Long Beach. Carpathian Americans are just like any other expatriate organization, they enjoy family get together, and share business opportunities (cf the Italian Americans ...). There is just one minor difference, the Carpathian Americans seem to have a predilection for drinking human blood. The film begins somewhere deep in the bible belt where teenager Cody wakes to find that intruders have just skewered his parents and are about to set fire to them for good measure. Despite being shot by a crossbow bolt Cody makes his escape from the "hunters". He remembers his parent's advice to him that if he was ever in trouble he should contact his uncle in Long Beach. The uncle turns out to be a local businessman (of an unscrupulous nature) and also a leading light in the "Carpathian American" society. Cody is introduced to other members of the society notably Harry, a crusading journalist and his non-Carpathian ... Written by Tom Longshaw <longshaw@signal.dera.gov.uk>

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Ties - Legami di sangue See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Cody Puckett: Do I live forever? If I bite someone, do they become one of us?
Harry Martin: Where'd you pick up all this crap? Didn't your parents teach you anything?
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Decent watch for a vampire twist.
5 November 2000 | by fishbone-5See all my reviews

Blood Ties is, as a story, an interesting look at the possible historical origin of vampire mythos and how that might have manifested itself into modern times. The "carpathians" in the film are not technically classic vampires (i.e. they walk around in daylight, etc.), but it is a fresh take on vampires for any vampire film fan. The production is par for vampire films, and the performances are of good quality.


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