Director – Kevin DeLullo (Edgar Allen Poe’s Darkness, Cage in Box Elder)
Starring – Jeff Rector (Double Impact, Trump’d), Adam Smoot (Revamped, Fatal Kiss), and Rob Larsen
Release Date – 1999
Rating – 3/5
These last few days I have been hammering out review after review. I may not have time to get them posted to the site but that hasn’t stopped me from writing one and jumping on to the next. I recently took a few days off from horror and review a few big budget theatrical releases. After taking a few days for other genres I decided I needed some horror again.
I went to review some stuff that I was sent for review but realized Thursday was approaching so that means another Troma movie. I’m still working my way through the Toxie’s Blood Bank box set. I’m halfway through and decided it was time to toss in the 1999 vampire crime drama Nightfall. This was one of the films that I didn’t have high hopes but I decided to give it a go regardless.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows two FBI agents who are working a cast involving a string of murders and the victims show puncture wounds on their necks. One of the agents, the rookie, looks to unconventional means to gain leads and crosses paths with a psychic. His partner doesn’t believe in it so he follows the lead on his own only to uncover a vampire den. He is unable to protect himself and dies at his hands. His partner follows up on that same lead when he fails to show up at the office only to find his body. Now he has a score to settle with the undead and is more open to the thought of supernatural forces at play here.**Spoiler Alert**
I went into this one expecting a shitshow but what I got was a fun crime drama with a vampire twist. The movie had me sold just minutes in and I couldn’t look away. This film is up there with Death by Dialogue as my favorite film in this set.
The acting in this one is solid. The cast works very well together and gets into their role. Some of the minor characters actually sell it better than the film’s leads which was fun to watch. I really enjoyed the casting in this one.
The story for this one is straight forward. At it’s base it is a crime drama following two FBI agents working a murder case. We then get vampires and boom…that’s the film. Nothing special but it flows well and holds the viewer’s attention which is all you can ask for. I actually really enjoyed the story.
Finally, the film has several on screen kills that you would expect from a vampire flick. The effects for these are minor at best but there is a burned corpse gag that is fantastic. I loved the look of it. Overall, Nightfall is an underappreciated Troma release that deserves way more love. Check it out!