Film Reviews:

Vampire Cop

(Donald Farmer, US, 1990)

Detective Carrie Blass is a cop in a crisis. She's got a bad reputation and been pegged as a menace to the force by her superiors. She's got one last chance - to track down a serial killer who strikes only at night leaving his victims drained of blood. Carrie is attacked whilst acting as a decoy and realises that she has become the latest victim of a modern day vampire. Increasingly possessed by supernatural power, Carrie faces a dark future. She knows there can be no freedom from the vampire's spell, unless she can turn the forces of evil against him.

Although it starts with a very violent and gory sequence that manages to shock with some great special effects, this modern vampire tale soon gets bogged down in the usual cop HQ, interviewing victims, stressed out policewoman at home plot devices. Because so much of this is more than familiar the minimal 81-minute running time feels much longer...always a bad sign. There is some good dialogue and a few neat ideas/images. The vampire sleeps in a body bag and keeps his fridge stocked full with bottles of blood and nothing else! The problem with many American horror films in recent years is that they are set in the present day and are full of middle-aged producers' ideas of todays youth. Thus, instead of a sinister and creepy killer we have a vampire with long blonde hair that looks like he probably loves Bon Jovi. Michelle Owens as the vampire cop Carrie is actually quite good in a difficult role, but the material works against her - especially towards the end when she resorts to chasing around her apartment attempting to eat her pet cat! Vampire Cop is not a bad film, it's just no better than dozens of other similar videos you can find filling your video stockist's shelves.

Rob Dyer