Curse of the Vampires (1970)

Genres - Horror  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Philippines, USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Made in the Philippines, this effective tale of vampire family values begins with prodigal son Eddie Garcia's return to his father's creepy estate, where he is soon transformed into a vampire after being bitten by his own mother, whom his paranoid father had been keeping in the cellar. He in turn passes on the curse to his fiancée, and later his sister (Amalia Fuentes), who had only recently lost her own beau. Fuentes' blood-drinking pursuits in the surrounding village are eventually traced back to the source, and the family becomes the target of a group of torch-bearing vigilantes. This sequel to The Blood Drinkers is more complex than its pulpy predecessor, thanks to an abundance of religious symbolism stressing the power of faith over the forces of darkness. Also known as Creatures of Evil.

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vampire, family, family-secrets, village, curse, Filipino, heritage, mansion, mother, sister, basement, Catholicism, crucifix, fiancee, ghost, superstition, blood