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A disturbed youth may be a vampire or just a boy with sexual hangups and an appetite for blood.

★★★★★

Having reinvigorated the zombie movie with Day Of The Dead, George A. Romeroís retooling of the vampire myth is typically intelligent, provocative and profound.

Substituting a crazy mixed-up kid (an excellent John Amplas) with a penchant for draining his victims via razor and hypodermic for the traditional be-fanged tomfoolery, Romero locates his horrors in superstition and cruelty - and delivers one of the bleakest endings in horror history.

Gory thriller that makes fun of the vampire myth before the hammer blow of a truly shocking climax.