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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C0PFG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I remember as a horror obsessed teen, eagerly awaiting any movie by then young upstart director Anthony Hickox - what with his two picture stint at the now defunct Vestron Pictures, had delivered a very fine debut with ''Waxwork'' (a highly recommended monster mash-up), then followed up with this, an odd but amusing genre blender that doesn't always work due to a bloated running time, but still plenty to enjoy and worthy of a place in any horror fan's collection.

The goofy story has the Harrison family - Mom Sarah (Morgan Brittany), Dad David (Jim Metzler), and their two daughters travelling to a small town called Purgatory in Utah where David has been called into assist at a synthetic blood factory (stay with me...). Unbeknownst to them, the town is populated by a vampire colony who have decided to renounce their old ways and live side-by-side with humans. However, a rival group of vampire's wish to return to their old bloodsucking ways and between the two warring factions, the Harrison's discover they too maybe on the menu. Throw in an old love triangle for Sarah and David in the form of the dastardly Shane (played to the manor born by Maxwell Caufield), a misguided descendent of Van Helsing called Robert (Bruce Campbell in full trippy mode) and a whole host of cameo's by famous actors and what you have is a fine horror comedy that hits more than it misses.

Director Anthony Hickox (a very talented fellow who would later go on to direct 'Hellraiser III', 'Full Eclipse', 'Payback' and 'Jills Rips') ensures the wacky script by John Burgess is milked for all its worth: There are plenty of laughs, knowing winks and enough character development to fill a mini series - and shoots everything with a razor sharp eye.
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Robert Van Helsing (Bruce Campbell) is an incompetent descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, exploring the small town of Purgatory in search of his infamous ancestor and bent on killing all vampires that he comes across. Purgatory is inhabited by vampires, but reclusive bloodsuckers who prefer to take it easy and lounge around in sunglasses and sun cream - a protection against the sun's deadly rays - not killers.

There is no sign of the Count.

David Harrison (Jim Metzler) is an expert in the production of synthetic blood, and had been hired by Jozek Mardulak (David Carradine) to assist in a project that would - unbeknownst to him - ensure the vampires of Purgatory no longer felt the need to kill for food. He is therefore unaware - after being summoned by Mardulak - that Purgatory is populated by the undead, thinking his work had been part of an official experiment, and expecting a vacation for himself and his family.

Things go wrong, though.

Harrison becomes entangled in a civil war between the vampires, those who want to live as they have been and those who long to go back to the old ways of being hunters of human blood ... the equipment that produces the synthetic blood has ceased to work ... the evil Shane (Maxwell Caulfield) falls in love with Harrison's beautiful wife ... and some of the toothy townspeople have decided that the traditional way of obtaining blood ''is'' preferable ...

A war inevitably breaks out: vampire against human, vampire against vampire, good versus evil. Meanwhile, the Harrison family find themselves stuck in the middle.

Sundown is directed by Anthony Hickox (known for Waxwork and Waxwork II: Lost in Time). It is a low budget, off-beat film, that is perhaps not to everyone's taste.
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I first saw this film some time ago on video, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I would have bought the Region 2 version, but it doesn't appear to be available in Europe, so this review is for the Region 1 edition. Starring David Carradine as a very famous neck biter, the film is basically about good versus evil, except for a change it's set in a vampire community. The always excellent Bruce Campbell plays one of the humans caught up in the middle, and there are a number of other well-known faces in the cast. The end may be a little gory, but there is a lot of humour, not least from Mr Campbell, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys their horror on the lite side!
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This is a brilliant film I first saw i when I was 15 that is now 16 years ago, and I managed to find it on video 3 years ago to uy ex rental. I am glad that it is now available to buy on dvd many thanks Liongate.
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Until recently I had never heard of this movie. If you get it do not expect a 'serious'' vampire movie, you will be disappointed but if you expect an off-beat comedy then it might be the movie for you
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