Blu-ray Review: THE VAMPIRE’S GHOST

THE VAMPIRE’S GHOST was directed by Lesley Selander and written by John K. Butler and Leigh Brackett based on an original story by Brackett, The Vampire’s Ghost is the quintessential 1940s horror film – when an ominous shadow and a widened eye conveyed all one needed to know of the horror to come. The 1945 horror film stars John Abbott, Charles Gordon, Grant Withers and Peggy Stewart and grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn’t let go.

Vampires and voodoo and priests, oh my! In the African port town of Bakunda, the undead are restless. Webb Fallon (Abbott), having fallen under the curse of the vampire, is unable to find eternal peace. With an unquenchable thirst for blood, Fallon wanders the vast landscape in search of sustenance and the local missionary Father Gilchrist (Withers), along with friends Roy Hendrick (Gordon) and Julie Vance (Stewart) could very well be his next … victims!

The Vampire’s Ghost takes place deep in the jungles of Africa and follows this gentleman vampire who charms his way into a mixed camp of people where he falls for a beautiful young woman. There’s one thing standing in his way and it’s a young man who also has a thing for her. The vampire decides to work his charm and put the young man in some kind of a trance so he can make his move on the young woman. Well, his powers work for a little while but in the end love conquers all and the young man is able to break the curse long enough so that he can save the damsel in distress and ultimately put an end to this vampire’s sinister ways.

The front of the packaging features the classic artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The Blu-ray disc also features some similar artwork and movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Olive Films did an impressive job with the high-def upgrade for this 72-year old old obscure horror classic.

Bottom line is, The Vampire’s Ghost was another first time watch for me and unfortunately it wasn’t that good of one either. This one gives the old vampire tale a unique and more grounded approach but unfortunately the characters weren’t all that interesting plus the movie was extremely short. The performances were good, I just didn’t like the characters. There’s also no special effects hardly at all except for a few old school camera tricks with the lighting. What, no fangs? No fangs! The story for The Vampire’s Ghost was the most interesting part of the movie because it dealt with vampires and voodoo but unfortunately there was nothing else to go with it. Maybe they just didn’t have the budget for it. Who knows? This 1945 Republic Pictures obscurity will make its Blu-ray debut on October 31st. Watch at your own risk because this one doesn’t have much bite to it!

Distributor: Olive Films

Run Time: 59 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Fullframe (1.33:1) B&W

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Digital 1.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: N/A

 

 

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