The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) (Blu-ray Review)

The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) (Blu-ray Review)

The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) (Blu-ray Review)

📅07 November 2017, 21:34

The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lesley Selander
Starring: John Abbott, Charles Gordon, Peggy Stewart
Rated: UR/Region: A/1:33/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Olive Films

In the African port town of Bakunda, the undead are restless. Webb Fallon (Abbott), having fallen under the curse of the vampire, is unable to find eternal peace. With an unquenchable thirst for blood, Fallon wanders the vast landscape in search of sustenance and the local missionary Father Gilchrist (Withers), along with friends Roy Hendrick (Gordon) and Julie Vance (Stewart) could very well be his next … victims!

This is one I’d call slightly dated but it still would make for a good movie to watch in the middle of the night sometime. Then again, that could probably be said for most black and white old horror films. This is a movie that if nothing else takes a different take on the whole vampire mythology. You can tell it is a film with a lower budget, but it never seems to let a thing like that get in the way of what it was trying to do. This is a movie that is right around the hour mark, so as a result of that you don’t have to worry about it staying longer than it’s welcome would allow. It is a bit cheesy, it is a bit flat in portions, but it isn’t at all less than what I totally expected heading into it. You see a movie that talks about having voodoo AND vampires in it, you kind of figure out what type of film you are dealing with heading into it. It is JUST what I expected it to be. Not every old black and white film can be Night of the Living Dead, but this one isn’t awful.

Some have said the acting here is a bit weak, but it didn’t bother me. The movie can’t help but look dated in a number of areas because it is a dated film. It is a harmless one as well, but if you want something with at least a little mood to it then you could do a whole lot worse. One of the main things everyone will want out of this one is the transfer and the movie does look really good as the screenshots I’ve posted along with it will show. I think it looks way better than expected in HD. It could have used a few extras but I guess most folks involved with it aren’t around anymore and they didn’t feel like chasing down any historians. Still, for what you get here it isn’t bad. The movie isn’t a 5-star classic, but it looks good and has its moments.


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Quality of Transfer: 98%



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