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Monday, March 21, 2011

Atom Age Vampire (1960)

Ah, the melodrama of it all!  Atom Age Vampire is part horror, part soap opera.  It's the story of Monique, a beautiful dancer, whose face is disfigured in a car accident.  Enter Professor Levin and his faithful female research assistant Jeanette.  A love triangle ensues, people get killed, and monsters are created and cured with lots of drama along the way.  The acting an cinematography are solid, although Franca Parisi's portrayal of Monique is way over the top and unintentionally funny at times.  The horror special effects are nice and the story is interesting enough even though it's fairly predictable.
This is NOT a vampire movie in the classic sense.  There is no sanguinarian sucking of blood or bats flying in the night.  This story is more about psychic vampires who feed on the life force of others, harnessing it as an elixir for healing.  It's not the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's not the best either.  This Italian film, dubbed into English, is the stuff of late night horror fests.  You can find this one in a number of cheap horror compilations, stream it for free online, or download your very own copy on archive.org.
RATING: Good.
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For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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