As a series of brutal murders sweep the city of Los Angeles police are on the search for a suspect. Nicknaming the perpetrator ‘Vlad‘ due to the fact that he drains his victims of blood the police are hoping to catch the fiend, putting an end to his reign of terror.
‘Vlad’ has particular tastes. He hunts only prostitutes, people that the world considers disposable. In the eyes of the law however there is no such thing as a disposable person and Detective Gwen Taylor is determined to get her man, even if it means putting herself in danger. Posing as a prostitute she becomes the bait in a sting operation to capture the blood thirsty killer. What the police don’t know is that there are other forces also interested in capturing ‘Vlad’.
When ‘Vlad’ takes the bait and the police try to arrest him they realize that they’ve gotten more than they bargained for. ‘Vlad’ makes quick his escape but the police are determined to catch him, dead or alive. Wounded, ‘Vlad’ still almost makes good his escape but The Delphi Project manages to subdue him. The Delphi Project, a special government program, has been searching for a vampire for some time. With a live specimen at their disposal they hope to study the creature in hopes of learning the secrets of life and immortality.
While Vampire has the look and feel of an independent film and suffers the obvious limitations of a small budget, it still manages to be entertaining. The acting, particularly the chemistry between Jason Carter and Garett Maggart as the vampire captive and the doctor assigned to treat him, is quite enjoyable. Asking the question ‘what makes a monster?’ Vampire leaves the viewer wondering who is worse, a creature who must kill in order to survive or the humans who choose to experiment on him regardless of the pain they inflect.
Vampire (a.k.a Demon Under Glass), the International Vampire Film Festival’s Outstanding Vampire Feature of the year stars Jason Carter, Garett Maggart, Denise Alesandria Hurd, Kira Reed and Jack Donner. Directed by Jon Cunningham, Vampire will be released on DVD in the UK (£9.99) by Stax Entertainment on 5 July 2010.