Like father like son: GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE review

A crazy looking vampire (Michael Pataki, who played Drago’s trainer in Rocky IV) rises from his grave and attacks a couple in the graveyard. He kills the guy, has a few sips of his blood and rapes the woman  in an open grave. She gets pregnant and eventually gives birth to a vampire baby that feeds on blood from his mother’s breast instead of milk. The mother dies, the boy grows up (now played by legendary biker/cult movie actor/badass William Smith) and he sets out to track down his evil vampire dad, seeking revenge for all the sick shit he bestowed upon him. His father is now a college professor (WTF?) and his name is Caleb Croft. Vampires always have cool names.

Many classic vampire movies are set in the 1800’s or early 1900’s. Grave of the Vampire, however, is set in modern day (in the swinging’ seventies). It’s definitely not a traditional vampire movie. Vampire rape is strange even for a Grindhouse flick, and Croft is a sociopathic killer, not a charming Bela Lugosi wannabe who bites his victims on the neck; He breaks their necks. And every once in a while when he gets bored, he he sneaks up behind them and crushes their skulls. I enjoyed this film. There’s no gore or nudity, but it has a lot going for it. It’s a downbeat and surprisingly well-made Drive-in movie with creepy atmosphere, good actors, groovy 1970’s style partying, disturbing music and an awesome (!) final fight between father and son.

Grave of the Vampire
Release year: 1972
Country: USA
Director: John Hayes
Stars: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters
A crazy looking vampire (Michael Pataki, who played Drago's trainer in Rocky IV) rises from his grave and attacks a couple in the graveyard. He kills the guy, has a few sips of his blood and rapes the woman  in an open grave. She gets pregnant and eventually gives birth to a vampire baby that feeds on blood from his mother's breast instead of milk. The mother dies, the boy grows up (now played by legendary biker/cult movie actor/badass William Smith) and he sets out to track down his evil vampire dad, seeking revenge for all the sick shit he…

RCC Rating:

Style and coolness
Story
Gritty grindhouse look
Violent death

Good

User Rating: 4.35 ( 1 votes)
  • Tagline:
– Father and son, related by BLOOD! Anyone’s blood!

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