Grave of The Vampire 1972 ***

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Some way before creating The Sopranos, writer David Chase contributes to the screenplay of this nasty horror film from 1972. In the 1930’s, immortal vampire Kroft (Michael Pakati) rapes a young woman who gives birth to a half-human son. Growing up to be James Eastman (William Smith), the hybrid decides to track down his father, who now works as a college professor, and take revenge. Grave of the Vampire has a typically grungy early 70’s feel, and even if nothing in John Hayes’s film matches the tension of the opening kill, there’s much for horror fans to enjoy.

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