Grave of the Vampire
A vampire awakens from a long sleep to attack a couple making love in a graveyard. He then rapes the woman, who later gives birth to his son. The newborn infant will only drink blood from his mother's breast.
This movie has a deceptively dumb title, but it is pretty good and even influenced a few modern horror movies. Fred Olen Ray recommended this one as one of the best exploitation movies. So, I needed to check it out.
Entertaining early 70's vampire picture written by David Chase(!) that doesn't play by the usual conventions of the form. Michael Pataki plays Caleb Croft, a vampire who has been kicking around since the 1840s. As the film begins, he rises in 1940, and finding a couple necking in the graveyard, kills the man, and rapes the woman before running off. The woman becomes pregnant (of course), and gives birth to a gray baby who has to be given blood to live (of course). Croft then dispatches the policeman looking for him and disappears. His rape baby grows up to be William Smith (one of the few missteps to me. How is a baby who can't eat going to grow up…
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A decent film of to halves this one. The first half we have a young couple going to make out in a grave yard only for the guy to be attacked and killed by a vampire. He then rapes the girl leaving her pregnant. Despite the advice of her doctor to have the child aborted, she gives birth to it and raises it as best she can. I loved the mother. She has a completely attached from reality feel about her after the rape and is pretty cute too. I wish she could have been in more of the film. We then come to the second half of the film where we are following the child, now adult, as he…
Cheapo drive-in fare has William Smith as a half-vampire tracking down his ghoulish father as he travels across the country attacking young college students. though the gothic opening scene is nicely done, the rest of the film can’t cash the cheque, as the plot is handled without finesse and few real exploitation thrills. Smith is OK, but still rather dopey in the role, and it all ends with a fist-fight?! Skippable.