Sleepless Nights

Mankind faces extinction by the fangs of 21st-century bloodsuckers in the low-budget vampire film. Jacob Sloane (Bart Shatto) heads the Necromorph Control Agency under cover of the more benign-sounding Federal Bio-Waste Disposal Facility. Sloan's staff includes agents like Jeff Burke (Richard Ryan), whom he dispatches to hunt down the Necromorphs, a vampiric...read more

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Mankind faces extinction by the fangs of 21st-century bloodsuckers in the low-budget vampire film. Jacob Sloane (Bart Shatto) heads the Necromorph Control Agency under cover of the more benign-sounding Federal Bio-Waste Disposal Facility. Sloan's staff includes agents like Jeff Burke (Richard Ryan), whom he dispatches to hunt down the Necromorphs, a vampiric legion controlled by Malgaard (Duke York). Once a Templar Knight, the immortal Malgaard is scheming to obtain a golden amulet that will make him immune to sunlight; he starts by murdering Doctor Malcolm Hogarth (Bart Quentzel), founder of the cultish Church of the Future, and assuming his identity. As Hogarth, Malgaard and his henchman, Stritch (Adrian Alvarado), await Hogarth's associate, Professor Strogan (Frank Lord), who now has possession of the amulet. Meanwhile, the Necromorph Control team encounters a new breed of vampire in the person of Christian Grey

(Matthew Thomas), whose infected wife, Allison (Courtney Moorehead), attempted to pass the blood-drinking contagion along to Christian on Malgaard's order. But Christian refuses to give in to his worst vampiric impulses and doesn't kill his human prey. Christian finds an unexpected ally in Jeff's girlfriend, Kaitlin

Moore (Jacqueline Anderson); like Jeff, she's a Necromorph Control employee, but Kaitlin is dying of cancer and sees Christian as a potential life-line. Kaitlin defies Sloan and joins Christian's crusade to regain the amulet from Malgaard. Allison and Malgaard do their wickedest to thwart Christian, Jeff falls into a trap and Christian causes Stitch's death; once Malgaard obtains the amulet, he seizes Kaitlin and defies Christian. Jeff's options are now grim: If he allows Christian to save Kaitlin's life, will her life come at the price of her soul? This cut-rate chiller suffers from some anemic performances, but writer-director William Hopkins makes his revisionist vampire mythology credible and frames the bloodsuckers' fiendish attacks with considerable panache.

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