ANOTHER TAKE ON: Grave of the Vampire (1972)

As we wrote about back when we covered Dream No Evil, John Hayes began his career producing and directing short subjects and even appeared an actor in movies like The Shaggy D.A. and his own End of the World.

The movies he directed included The Grass Eater, Five Minutes to Love, the incredibly named Jailbait Babysitter, the adult movies Pleasure Zone and Hot Lunch, and even more crazily titled movies like All the Lovin’ Kinfolk and Up Yours – A Rockin’ Comedy.

This is probably his best known film. It starts with a warning if you’re worried about watching baby vampires drink blood. With that, you know that you’re in for something completely bonkers.

Years after his death by electrocution in the late 1930s, Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki!) rises from his grave as a vampire, where he’s a brutal and completely unromantic bloodsucker. After assaulting Leslie Hollander, she becomes pregnant with his son, who grows up to be James Eastman (William Smith, who played Conan’s father in the original Arnold version).

His goal in life is find and kill his diabolical father while repressing the vampiric bloodlust that is his birthright. Now, daddy is known as Professor Lockwood, a much more refined version of the murderous beast we saw before. He teaches an occult class and one night, after he hosts a seance, James and his dad finally throw down.

This movie presents a very modern take on the vampire. Well, as of 1972 modern, that is. It’s definitely not the suave and sophisticated vampires that the world had come to know thanks to Lugosi and Lee.

If you don’t have the Pure Terror set, you can watch this one for free on Amazon Prime. Or you can go for the bloody gusto with the Scream Factory blu ray.

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