The other big performance is from Roddy McDowall [Planet of the Apes series] who plays Peter Vincent, Vampire Hunter. It is one of my all-time favorite performances of his. I just love what he does with this character. Rounding out the cast are Charley's girlfriend Amy, played by Amanda Bearse [Married With Children] and his best friend Evil Ed, played by Stephen Geoffreys. Both of them are great as well with Bearse giving us the perfect perky 80's girlfriend and Geoffreys providing some comic relief as he is transformed into a vampire.
Director and Writer Tom Holland [Child's Play, Psycho 2] keeps the action moving at a nice pace with an excellent script and a great visual look for the film. Kudos to the special effects department for some fun and surprising pre-CGI effects. They make you laugh and squirm in equal measure.
2011 brought us the remake starring Colin Farrel as the vamp and Anton Yelchin as Charlie. I really loved it as well and feel it is a very worthy adaptation of the original. It has much of what I enjoyed about the original film plus a few updates that work well for modern horror audiences. You simply can't go wrong with either one. As a special treat Chris Sarandon makes a cameo in the remake. Gotta love it.
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