on 14 March 2012
Mark, an English teacher, is unexpectedly approached one day by his friend Frank, who is a priest. Frank is visibly shaken about something and needs his help. He's started drinking and doesn't appear to have slept in days. Mark agrees to accompany Frank to the home of Frank's brother's ex-wife, Karen. Frank had previously slept with Karen, behind his brother's back, and this was despite him being a priest at the time. Now, whatever it is that's going on with Karen, Frank blames himself for it. He insists that they are being punished for their sins. As Frank pours his heart out to Mark, blaming himself for whatever terrible thing has happened, a loud cry is heard from upstairs. Frank takes Mark upstairs, and they approach Karen's room. The door has been boarded up, leaving only a small peep-hole for Mark to look through.
Inside he sees some sort of cocoon on the bed, and beside the bed is a bathtub with a girl inside it, immersed under water. She hasn't drowned though, as mark first thinks. This is actually how she rests during the daytime hours. As the sun goes down Mark witnesses the two figures reanimate. The cocooned figure is Karen, and the girl in the bathtub is her daughter, Cindi. Both of them are pale, and Karen's face has become disfigures -demonic even. The most immediately noticeable change in her appearance is the two large, snake-like fangs that now fill her mouth.
Karen is kept in chains, but Cindi is free to eat the leaches that Frank provides from a bucket. Having consumed the leaches, Cindi moves over to Karen, and allows her to bite her neck for her own sustenance. They now subsist on blood alone.
After giving Mark a moment to recover from the vampiric horrors he'd witnessed upstairs, Frank tells Mark that he's tried to get in touch with Cindi's friend Lucy, who was with her the day that all of this began. He dials her phone number but all we hear over the other end is unintelligible shouting (or screaming) noises. Something is going on over there. Frank asks Mark to go to Allburg, the town in which Lucy lives, and to find out what's happening.
The partial synopsis I've just given only applies to the first 15-20 minutes of the movie, which is by far the strongest section. From there it shifts gear to a slightly more schlocky style of comedy-horror, as Mark discovers that the entire town has been overrun by vampires, and he has to save the day. Ever seen the Tales from the Crypt movie: Bordello of Blood? If you have then you know roughly what kind of audience this film is aimed at. It's that sort of movie. There's a fair amount of gruesome special effects and gallows humour, but less in the way of actual horror once the movie gets moving. Whilst I've always been wary of this mixture of horror and comedy, I have to admit that this film works slightly better than most in this sub-genre. That isn't to say that the humour doesn't grate (did we really need the vampire granny saying "you're a rough little whipper-snapper"?), but I didn't find it quite as jarring or annoying as in many other movies of this kind. For the most part, Children of the Night remains enjoyable and inoffensive enough, even for those of us who prefer their horror straight.
Good luck finding a copy though!