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Blood Ties (1991)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 27 May 1991
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... See full summary »


Jim McBride


Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)

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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


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


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Release Date:

27 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Ties - Legami di sangue See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Harry Martin: You know Eli, it's guys like you that are sucking the life out of this country.
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I sometimes wonder if this inspired KINDRED: THE EMBRACED?
11 February 2005 | by CarycomicSee all my reviews

Yes, I know! That one-season wonder was officially adapted from the White Wolf RPG, "Vampire: The Masquerade." But, what if this movie was an experimental first stab at such an adaptation?

Patrick Bauchau (perhaps best known as Dr. Sidney from THE PRETENDER) played the same role in KTE's premiere episode, as he did here. Specifically, the patriarchal vamp. Also, Harry Martin's romance with a female District Attorney is just as much star-crossed angst as Frank Kohanek's romance with Julian Luna's ill-fated ex-girlfriend. And, of course, both this movie and KTE were produced by the Fox Network!

The only significant difference I can see between them is the geographic setting. KTE was set in San Francisco, while "Blood Ties" was set in Huntington Beach, CA. Who knows? Maybe KTE could have had a second season, despite the tragic death of the actor who played Julian Luna, if Fox had remembered this movie and updated some of the characters from it. They could have done stories like Harry Martin hiding out, in Frisco, from a bloodhunt ordered by Prince Cyrus of the L.A. Brujah Clan. Or, SCAV trying to set up shop in the City By The Bay.

But, hindsight is 20/20, isn't it? Oh, well! Maybe SCIFI Channel will show a re-run of it, some weekend. They certainly love re-running "Dusk 'Til Dawn 2" to death!!!

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