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Graveyard Shift

AKA Central Park Drifter


Graveyard Shift


Vampire Movies of the 1980s


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The Movie

Night brings out the hunger in everyone, especially a mysterious New York cab driver. As a vampire, working the night shift lures a sultry array of passengers within his grasp. Embracing those ready to die, he controls a vampire underworld. Unexpectedly, on his nightly rounds he discovers erotic human passion, and unleashes a terrifying evil. When a slew of innocents are grotesquely slaughtered, the police are faced with a 350-year old mystery of unseated passion.


Vampire senses when people are dying, suicidal ... their 'time has come'; interesting idea, raising questions of how good or evil he is; he falls in love with a woman who has terminal cancer; great possibilities there, too. But this film doesn't explain or resolve any of this, it simply chucks up more and more distractions and then kinda fades out.

It starts strongly, with great mood and atmosphere, marred only by grating sound effects (utterly irrelevant, and they pop up all the way though). The camera work is great, with stunning lighting.

Then they literally lose the plot. The screenplay is so bad that more than once, when an actor has spoken a line, the person he (or she) is talking to just gazes in disbelief, then trots out an equally obscure line of their own. There's a fair bit of gore, if you like that kind of thing, but what the director thinks is erotic, is mostly so cold it just doesn't work. And if you can watch a vampire making love in a red-lined coffin without laughing, you are stronger than me!

A wasted film; should be remade by professionals.


  • Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
  • Starring: Silvio Oliviero, Helen Papas, Cliff Stoker, Dorin Ferber, Dan Rose, John Haslett Cuff, Don James, Michael Bockner, Lesley Kelly,
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  • Format: Color
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Media Blasters
  • DVD Released: October 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 90

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