Review: ‘Vampire Clan’

That isn't the Mark of the Beast on "Vampire Clan," it's the mark of latenight cable fare. From its ripped-from-the-headlines topic of teen bloodsuckers to the blandness of a low-budgeter shockingly low on shocks, true story of the murder of a family is translated by scripter Aaron Pope into a woefully standard depiction of wayward youth.

That isn’t the Mark of the Beast on “Vampire Clan,” it’s the mark of latenight cable fare. From its ripped-from-the-headlines topic of teen bloodsuckers to the blandness of a low-budgeter shockingly low on shocks, true story of the murder of a Eustis, Fla., family in 1996 is translated by scripter Aaron Pope into a woefully standard depiction of wayward youth trying to find a cool family to replace their square suburban one. Moralistic, literal tone robs pic of any fun, although the wee hours tube sked is open for just such a sleep-inducer.

The grisly slaying of a mother and father of two teen girls sends off a wave of concern that vampiric youth may be on the prowl, but the clan is quickly snatched by cops, who soon realize one of its members is a daughter (Kelly Kruger) of the victims. She tells her story, in dull flashback, filling in details of how charismatic leader Rod (Drew Fuller) assembles his acolytes around the twin appeals of danger and blood. The corny appeal of Dracula is preferable to this squabbling bunch of wasted youth.

Vampire Clan

Production

A Langley Prods. presentation. Produced by Elie Cohn, Keith Walley. Executive producers, John Langley, Maggie Langley. Directed by John Webb. Screenplay, Aaron Pope.

Crew

Camera (CFI color), Kristian Bernier; editor, Terri Breed; music, Guy Harrington; production designer, Bryce Holtshousen; costume designer, Niklas J. Palm. Reviewed at Dances With Films Festival, Santa Monica, July 13, 2002. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Drew Fuller, Alex Breckinridge, Timothy DePriest, Marina Black, Kelley Kruger, Richard Gilliland, Larry Dirk, Mimi Craven, David Wells.
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