Blood & Donuts (1996)

Genres - Comedy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy, Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Buchanan

A likeable example of creative storytelling on a limited budget, Blood and Donuts takes the premise of the loneliness brought on by immortality and the disillusionment of seeing so much accomplished technologically in so little time (protagonist bloodsucker Boya slips into slumber immediately after witnessing man's first steps on the moon), and personalizes these concepts with a touch of humor and well-defined character interaction. Though Blood and Donuts doesn't hit every target it sets its ambitious aims toward, it does manage to entice the viewer's involvement with the characters through showing their motivations instead of voicing them, and considering some character motivations not explored in previous vampire film efforts. The night Boya slipped into slumber, he kissed a beautiful woman and nearly turned her into one of his own. Now aged and haggard, the woman has been obsessively searching for Boya since his disappearance in order to take revenge for his not giving her the eternal youth and beauty that would aid her in retaining her desirability. Boya's only motivations now are human contact and interaction, something he finds in the subtle company of an all-night donut shop that carries the elusive kiwi-jelly donut. And though certain supporting characters come off as simply obnoxious and overzealous, they serve as a reminder that the film is called Blood and Donuts.