PALE BLOOD (1990) Reviews and overview



‘In the dead of night, souls come alive’

Pale Blood is a 1990 American vampire horror feature film directed by V.V. Dachin Hsu and Michael W. Leighton. It was written by Hsu and Takashi Matsuoka, and produced by Omar Kaczmarczyk and Leighton.

The movie stars George Chakiris, Wings Hauser (The Carpenter; Tales from the HoodWatchers III), Pamela Ludwig (Rush Week; Midnight Ride), Diana Frank (Monster HighDead of Night; Club Vampire), Darcy DeMoss (Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI; Return to Horror High; Night Life), Frazer Smith (Transylvania Twist), Sybil Danning [uncredited]. New wave band Agent Orange is featured twice.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 14.37.17Michael Fury (Chakiris) arrives in Los Angeles to investigate a series of mysterious high-profile murders where the victims have been completely drained of blood.

Aiding him in Fury’s quest is Lori (Ludwig), a junior member at an investigative firm who is obsessed with the occult. Unbeknownst to her, Fury is himself a vampire…


“Plot wise, Pale Blood just oozes along. Michael Fury’s “investigation” into the murders consists of standing at his window looking moody or suffering repetitive and tiresome psychic visions. Despite some prominent makeup artists involved, special effects are amazingly skimpy, consisting mainly of blood, blood and more blood.” TV Guide

“Acting wise I wasn’t too convinced with Pamela Ludwig’s performance, though I have seen a whole lot worse, however Chakiris was excellently mysterious as Fury and Wings Hauser was fantastically mad as the psychotic Van. The whole thing held together well but was perhaps a little too clever for its own good in places and it tended to meander at those points.” Taliesen Meets the Vampires

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Pale Blood is a vacant and stylistically empty attempt at a modern day vampire film. It is all posed mood – washes of synthesizer sound, downbeat lighting, lots of slow-motion and endless street scenes, plus lots of padding footage involving a laughably pretentious New Wave band called Agent Orange. However, the plot is far too insubstantial (read non-existent!) to support anything that is going on.” Moria


“A pretty good direct-to-video vampire tale that has an intriguing premise but doesn’t completely live up to its potential … There’s quite a bit of talk in this one, but there’s also a good sense of humor and Hauser contributes a memorably (and appropriately) overwrought performance.” The Bloody Pit of Horror


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Cast and characters:

George Chakiris … Michael Fury
Wings Hauser … Van Vandameer
Pamela Ludwig … Lori
Diana Frank … Jenny
Darcy DeMoss … Cherry
Earl Garnes … Harker
Frazer Smith … Frazer Kelly
Michael Palm … Lead Singer in Band
Steven Bramble … Lori’s Date
Randy Almazon … People of the Night
Frank Barajas … People of the Night
Sheryl Bence … People of the Night
Wanda Blunt … People of the Night
Den Daniel Jr. … People of the Night
Marcus W Leighton … People of the Night (as Marc Leighton)
Michael Shane Leighton … People of the Night
Michael Rosen … People of the Night
Rita M. Saiz … People of the Night
Lindsay Santos … People of the Night
Tom Sidell … People of the Night
Sybil Danning … Sidewalk pedestrian (uncredited)

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Includes clips from Nosferatu (1922).