Jugular Wine: A Vampire Odyssey (1994)

Genres - Horror  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |  
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This quirky horror film from director Blair Murphy involves an anthropologist whose research takes him to Alaska, where he is seduced into the world of the undead by a beautiful vampire. At once tormented and exhilarated by his newfound condition -- no longer fully human though not yet completely a vampire -- he is compelled to intensify his research into vampire lore, which has now become a personal and spiritual quest. He traces the evil bloodline to its wellspring -- the all-powerful creature known only as "Legion," an ancient being he must inevitably confront. From the frequent cross-cutting between the central plot and stilted pseudo-documentary footage, it seems apparent that Murphy conceived this project as a revisionist vampire film, in keeping with Michael Almereyda's Nadja, Abel Ferrara's The Addiction or Larry Fessenden's Habit. Unfortunately, this film falls sadly short of its peers' unique perspectives, lacking the creative vision to elevate it above standard direct-to-video fare.