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Darkness: The Vampire Version

3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Depicting the takeover of a small town by an army of vampires, Darkness was partially financed by its makers selling their blood at the local plasma bank. Since it was so micro-budgeted, Leif Jonker was uncertain his grassroots horror movie would ever be seen publicly, hoping at the very least to produce the film equivalent of a good garage band’s "demo tape" to display his potential as a director. Instead, the gore-drenched film went on to become one of the premiere titles in the underground horror wave of the early 90s, gaining a worldwide cult fan base through multiple video releases (all of which were culled from inferior source materials created by recording the projected image off a homemade screen) and screenings at the Fantafestival in Italy, Night of the Bloody Tapes in Germany, and as a "Centerpiece Selection" at the Nevermore Film Fest in the United States. Now, Barrel is proud to present this underground classic with its first ever professional film-to-video transfer struck directly from the original camera elements, featuring digitally restored picture and sound in a new, never before seen edit – Darkness: The Vampire Version, the official, definitive, director’s cut!

Special Features

  • Three feature length audio commentary tracks featuring director Leif Jonker, special FX artist, composer, and cast & crew
  • "Vampire Bootcamp" - New half-hour documentary featurette with cast & crew interviews
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of the climactic meltdown sequence
  • Extended rough-cut of the climactic meltdown sequence
  • Remastering demonstration
  • World of Sin, a new music video from Apostasy
  • Darkness - The 86-minute original release version
  • Photo Archive - Comprehensive 50-minute gallery of over 1000 images documenting the production and ³life² of the film, all accompanied by excerpts of the original music score for Darkness
  • Highlights from film festival screenings of Darkness
  • A brief tour of the production studio
  • Deth's Oogly Hed - Television interview segment with director Leif Jonker
  • Alternate/deleted scenes
  • Original and alternate trailers
  • Alternate audio track available over the entire BONUS MATERIALS on both discs featuring alternate music and sound as well as commentary from director Leif Jonker and others

Product Details

  • Actors: Gary Miller, Michael Gisick, Randall Aviks, Cena Donham, Steve Brown
  • Directors: Leif Jonker
  • Writers: Leif Jonker
  • Producers: Gary Miller, Leif Jonker, David Saville, Dawn DeProspo, Jeff Goodwin
  • Format: Color, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Barrel
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F48D9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darkness: The Vampire Version" on IMDb

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I first rented a vhs of this piece in the mid 90's, and I really liked the lo-fi grass roots feel of this film. This 2 disc dvd release is just TITS! It looks much better remastered, and dvd upconversion to 1080p on modern equipment definitely helps too. The extras give a new insight to the movies creation, and are plentiful. I am very glad to have fount this, and it is a proud piece in my collection.
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Welcome to the Splatterparty! This is one nasty little bloodbath, showered down upon us with sick and grueling depravity that only underground horror can provide. Gorelovers, grab a fork! Writer/director Leif Jonker and his friends actually financed much of this cult gem with their own blood, using the money they earned from their donations at the nearby plasma bank.

$5,000 budget? Are you kidding me? I heard Rob Zombie's Halloween remake had a budget of around 15 million.
Now it does have the expected problems that come with a super-low budget horror flick. Horrendous acting, amateurish directing, bad transfer. But really I think this adds to the charm. The narrative jumps around alot, which didn't seem to serve much of a purpose. We're often given indications--23 minutes to daylight, or 9 minutes to night. But it would still look like broad daylight. Kinda silly, but all is forgiven. And when some people have a delayed reaction to the heinous onslaught occurring just in front of them, you can't help but yell "Run dummy!". Oh well...

Luckily there is enough awesome to make you forget about the ridiculous. Darkness is a pretty straight forward vampire story, stuck back in the 80's. We've got mullets, Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirts, & some cheesy metal. The violence jumps right in and never stops. I'm talking about blood, blood, blood. And more blood. It sometimes feels more like a apocalyptic zombie tale. Other times maybe a gory cannibal flick. Trust me, there will be lots of flesh rippage and gooey carnage.

This has an incredibly vicious ending. Badass stuff! It kinda reminded me of the flesh melting scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But better! No CGI here though, some phenomenal special effects, regardless of the budget.
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This movie is great; it is so old school, you can tell it's from the 90s. I like the sound track the makeup effects. I would say the only thing I didn't like is how the director would turn the camera away on a some of the fatality scenes at the beginning (ex. chainsaw scene), but the end of the movie made up for that. To all of the people that want to view this movie, the ending of this movie has an epic gory climax!
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I bought this thinking that it was going to be one of those major life-changing experience moments in horror or something. As i said in my title... I guess i missed what was cool. It was ok for a low budget, but even then i guess i just didn't like the story, concept or style of the movie at all. People running down an alley flailing their arms does not invoke terror to me... sorry. So i suppose this movie ranks as a: Either you hate it or Love it kinda thing. Watch a trailer, if you like what you see go for it.
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...okay first of all it is supposed to be a vampire movie, but the vampires act more like zombies. They bite the hell out of any and all bodyparts, they walk like they're zombies, and act like they are zombies. This movie was not bad, except they over did it with the blood. Too much of it is not always a good thing, and it gets old after a while. I would say this is about a three and a half star movie. It is a good addition to your horror library, but not an integral one. I would say rent it first, then if you feel it justifies a purchase then by all means. I don't regret I got it, but I wish I could tell you it is a must have.
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