R | | Drama, Thriller
Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again.
The film was set for release in late 1987, but went unreleased in America for five years when its distributor, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, went bankrupt. William Friedkin reedited the film and changed the ending before Miramax Films eventually picked it up and gave it a limited run in 1992.
After the doctor turns off the oxygen machine, he closes the girl's eyes. But, her eyes were already closed when they said she was brain dead.
This film has no opening credits or title. Only the Miramax logo appears at the beginning.
Originally shot in 1987; after premiering in some European countries, the film was shelved when production studio DEG went bankrupt and sat unreleased for five years. In 1992 director William Friedkin re-edited the movie and slightly altered the ending (supposedly because in the meantime his feelings about the death penalty had changed) before its USA release. The European video versions usually feature the original ending.
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