This rather weird movie is not a vampire film, though it
does share some values with the best of them.
"In 1652, the King of
Holland forbids intermarriage, a popular lifestyle choice for the aristocracy.
Eva Van Damme, who enjoys the pleasures of the flesh with her brother, refuses
to change her lifestyle and moves the family to the New World community of Van
Damme's Landing, Maine.
More than three centuries later, a ferry carries
ailing John Strauss and his wife, Kathleen, to latter-day Van Damme's Landing.
He is dying from a mysterious blood disease and is searching for his roots here,
in the hope what he learns may hold the key to his life.
On the island,
in addition to strange inhabitants, Strauss meets a visiting doctor, who develops
a desire to help cure the man's illness. Strauss knows he was born here, but that
he was sent as an infant to Paris and subsequently adopted. If his relatives can
be located, he may live on. What he does not know is that sometimes what you wish
for may prove to be far worse than death."
- Director: Peter Svatek
Rutger Hauer as Doctor Marlowe
Roy Dupuis as John Strauss Van Daam
Gillian Ferrabee as Eva Van Daam
Kristin Lehman as Kathleen
Lisa Bronwyn Moore as Toot
Leni Parker as Baby Laura
Schulman as Yolanda
- Screenplay by:
- Charles Adair, Dan O'Bannon,
- Language: English
slow, this movie has few moments of horror, though plenty of moments that you
feel should be horrific. Even the oment of devouring a 75-year-old embalmed fetus
doesn't really shock, though the love scene that follows is a little unsettling
(How could she, after seeing that?).
Rutger Hauer is miscast here, and his
role, like many others shows a strange inconsistency. Who's good? who's bad? who
knows? who cares?
With Dan O'Bannon on the script, we're entitled to more,
and the excellent 'monster work' comes too little, too late to save the film.
seeing as a curiosity; no more than that.