Stake Land II

★★☆☆ – (2016) – Survivors of a vampire outbreak contend with their enemy’s new leader. Borrows heavily from familiar horror tropes, yet does establish some of its own merit. Incredibly slow and common, although there’s not much to root for.

Rockula

Rockula

★½☆☆ – (1990) – A vampire with close relations to his own reflection woos a girl he lost decades ago. A horror/comedy with musical inclusions that’s packed with unfunny jokes and stale original songs. Highly ambitious, but too often fails to entertain.

Queen of Blood

Queen of Blood

★½☆☆ – (1966) – A space crew bound for Mars picks up a green woman who has an appetite for plasma. A dorky experience that explains too much through assumed dialog and not nearly enough through direct action. The female-alien-breeding-eggs motif is a prelude to Alien films, but this dud certainly didn’t influence their excitement.

Dark Town

Dark Town

★★☆☆ – (2004) – Vampires spread throughout a town of human enemies and complicate already touchy relationships. The first hour has plenty of violent and sleazy progressions amid decent characters, but the final third succumbs to familiar vampire nonsense. Spirals into complete boredom right down to the improbable final shot.

Thirst (1979)

Thirst (1979)

★½☆☆ – (1979) – A descendant of Elizabeth Bathory attracts the attention of a cult that longs for her inclusion. Every now and again something related to horror will occur, but more often than not this is a drop-dead-boring vampire story. Too many silent pauses, not nearly enough involvement.

Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009)

★★½☆ – (2009) – A priest who contracts a disease is transfused with vampire blood and further complicates the life of a sad housewife. A strange blend of unique and played out ideas that manages to hold attention through 134-minutes. Tonal shifts are a problem, as one moment is deadly serious while the next is overly comical, which hurts the overall emotional impact.