Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

R   |    |  Comedy, Horror, Western

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Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.



  • David Carradine in Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  • Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  • M. Emmet Walsh in Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  • Sunshine Parker and Bert Remsen in Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  • Maxwell Caulfield and John Ireland in Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
  • Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

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12 July 2004 | sparklecat
Vampire Western Comedy
Once you see the vampires in sunscreen and sombreros, you will know exactly what kind of movie Anthony Hickox has made with his "Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat". Not only is it totally silly, but it's also pretty unique.

The plot of this vampire western comedy goes something like this: the powerful Count Mardulak (a quietly comic David Carradine) has founded a colony for reformed vampires in an old ghost town called Purgatory. The denizens of Purgatory fight the urge to kill and drink a milky-looking blood substitute ("It isn't even the right color", huffs one vamp). But it turns out that reform doesn't suit all the vampires that well, and things only get more tense when a few humans come to town.

B-movie lovers will likely be charmed by "Sundown", stop-motion bats and all. It certainly strays from horror cliche. Adding to the lighthearted festivities is Bruce Campbell as the artless but well-meaning Van Helsing. Overall, it's a kooky good time for movie fans of a particular mindset.

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