The Film Chest announced this past week that writer/director Len Anthony’s Vampires (aka: Abadon) will be available on May 10 in its uncut form (clocking in at 80 minutes).
The film was originally produced by Len Anthony for Studio Entertainment (he was president and CEO of the company), but there is little record to indicate that it was actually released on VHS at the time (circa 1986). Instead, the film was “trimmed” down and tacked onto Fright House, which was released in October of 1989 as a direct-to-video VHS release by Studio Entertainment.
The feature length presentation of Vampires stars Night of the Living Dead’s Duane Jones as Dr. Charles Harmon (a “defrocked scientist”), with Orly Benyar as Ione, a student at an art school (the Abadon School) who discovers that the mysterious Madeline Abadon (Jackie James) is up to no good … and just might be a vampire (or a “life-sucker” at the very least).
Her fears are well founded. As it turns out, Madeline’s father used to run an insane asylum on the very site of the art school and had invented a machine that literally sucked the life out of his hapless patients.
His evil daughter is actually 75-years old (a younger version is played by Kit Jones) and has (had) a “special” relationship with a younger version of Harmon! Gulp! Is the lovely Ione doomed to be drained of that which makes her young and sexy, or does Madeline have something else even more sinister in mind?
You’ll have to wait until May 10 and Film Chest’s feature-length presentation of Vampires to find the answer to that question … and more!