I, DESIRE (1982) Reviews and overview

I, Desire – aka Desire, the Vampire – is a 1982 American made-for-TV supernatural horror film directed by John Llewellyn Moxey (The Night Stalker; Home for the Holidays; The City of the Dead) from a screenplay by Robert Foster. It stars David NaughtonDorian Harewood and Marilyn Jones.

David Balsiger (Naughton), a Los Angeles law student working as a coroner’s assistant, falls in love with an attractive strange woman (Jones)…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“In some ways I, Desire makes a great reverse companion piece to An American Werewolf in London. It also fits keenly beside Paul Schrader’s 1982 take on Cat People, with its constant rotation between fascination and fear of the erotic. As a television movie, it is limited from going to certain extremes, but if you read between the lines it has more to offer than many current attempts to tackle similar material.” Kindertrauma

“Decent atmosphere owes much to TV’s 1974-1975 Night Stalker series; Naughton delivers a pleasant enough performance.” Terror Trap

“Aside from a few obvious twists, I, Desire is a great little movie. I have loved David Naughton since he was a werewolf in sheep’s clothing and he doesn’t let me down as the hunky vampire hunter […] The supporting cast is just as good (Marilyn, where have you gone?) with Dourif stealing the diner scene with so much scenery chewing you’d think he was bulimic.” Amanda Reyes, Made for TV Mayhem

I, Desire does a decent job at times building the suspense through the visuals, but it does look very cheap […] I, Desire comes off as a bit of a rip off of something like Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The movie has its moments and will scare younger viewers.” JP Roscoe, Basement Rejects

Main cast:

  • David NaughtonWaking Nightmare; The Hatred; Sharknado 5; American Horror Story; Cool as Hell; Hallows Point; Big Bad Wolf; Mirror, Mirror III: The Voyeur; Ice Cream Man; Body Bags; Amityville: A New Generation; The Sleeping Car; An American Werewolf in London
  • Dorian Harewood – Gothika; Godzilla: The Series; Pacific Heights; A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
  • Marilyn Jones – Monsters TV series; Tales from the Darkside; V; The Love Butcher
  • Barbara Stock – Charmed; The Twilight Zone TV series
  • Arthur Rosenberg – House of Frankenstein [1997]; Cujo
  • James Victor
  • Brad Dourif – Herbert West: Reanimator; Chucky movies; The Control Group; Malignant; Spontaneous Combustion; et al
  • Marc Silver – Motel Hell



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