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(254) FAMILY OF VAMPIRES (1990) Russian Horror | Tolstoy story
(254) FAMILY OF VAMPIRES (1990) Russian Horror | Tolstoy story

original Russian title SEMYA VURDALAKOV [The Family of the Vourdalak]

director: Gennady Klimov Igor Shavlak
starring: Elena Karadzhova Yuri Katin-Yartsev Nikolay Kochegarov Igor Shavlak Ivan Shchegolev Nikita Simanovsky

A Moscow journalist is sent to a remote area of the provinces to investigate a story of the peculiar deaths happening there. He is invited to stay at a rural family farm where the grandfather patriarch has just died. Before arriving, the young man is warned that the people are very superstitious, and he cannot mention the name of the deceased until nine 'death days' have passed [by then the soul will be inside the Gates of Heaven]. Otherwise, the deceased will return with a craving for blood. The journalist obeys, but - at the dinner table - a child unexpectedly asks where grandfather is, followed by knock on the door...

This classic vampire story [written by A. K. Tolstoy in the 19th Century] had already been filmed twice by Italian filmmakers, the master Mario Bava for his BLACK SABBATH starring Boris Karloff and Giorgio Ferroni's NIGHT OF THE DEVILS in 1972. This version brings everything back to a Russian landscape, albeit a contemporary one. But the tale still harbors a grim timelessness of backwoods superstition punctuated by a barren wasteland and dilapidated homesteads. This melancholy, with a tone of constant grief and threat, is ripe for monsters of the night. The story actually becomes secondary as the characters wait for their painful demise.

A Russian film with optional English subtitles; fullscreen format, uncut (80 min.),
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected trailers.

Violence/Sexual Themes
Intended For Mature Audiences

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