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Pale Blood

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Pale Blood

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
93 minutes
performer:
George Chakiris, Wings Hauser
director:
V.V. Dachin Hsu
distributor:
RCA/Columbia Home Video
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Horror

We gave it a B-

Someone is killing young women on the kinky side of L.A. — and it looks as if he’s a vampire, judging from the bite marks on the bloodless corpses. That’s the familiar starting point for the straight-to-video thriller Pale Blood, from director VV Dachin Hsu. But from there, the mazelike plot takes some surprising turns. Among the characters who might not be what they seem: a shady European (George Chakiris) who is obsessed with the case, a pretty private eye (Pamela Ludwig) who collects vampire lore, and a crackpot video artist (Wings Hauser) conducting his own private vampire crusade. The filmmakers aren’t always skillful at revealing the hidden agendas; often, they merely stir up murk where there should have been mystery. But they’ve saved their best shocks for their bloody finale, delivering a film that, for all its flaws, actually does something new with the vampire genre. B-

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