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
Director: John Hayes
Stars: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters
Style and coolness
Gritty grindhouse look
– Father and son, related by BLOOD! Anyone’s blood!