6.2/10
2,056
41 user 35 critic

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.

Director:

Anthony Hickox
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In this sequel, a couple must use a portal through time to defeat evil.

Director: Anthony Hickox
Stars: Zach Galligan, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The brains of a Russian taxi driver and a wealthy businessman are brought together in one body by a mad scientist.

Director: Bruce Campbell
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Tamara Gorski, Ted Raimi
Waxwork (1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Director: Anthony Hickox
Stars: Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Jennifer Bassey
Adventure | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Jack Stiles, American spy stationed on a South Pacific island in the early 19th century, teams up with no nonsense British agent Emilia Rothschild to stop Napoleon's colonizing efforts. Jack's alter ego is the Zorro-esque Daring Dragoon.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Angela Marie Dotchin, Stuart Devenie
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An order of Druids train their children to battle an evil Warlock determined to unleash Satan upon the world by bringing a collection of five mystic rune stones together.

Director: Anthony Hickox
Stars: Julian Sands, Chris Young, Paula Marshall
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mistaken for his character Ash from the 'Evil Dead' trilogy, Bruce Campbell is forced to fight a real monster in a small Oregon town.

Director: Bruce Campbell
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Grace Thorsen, Taylor Sharpe
Alien Apocalypse (TV Movie 2005)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An astronaut doctor Ivan Hood and his fellow astronaut Kelly return from their mission in space to find the world has been taken over by aliens. Now Dr. Ivan Hood and Kelly must lead a ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Renée O'Connor, Remington Franklin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the seedy part of Los Angeles, a man who writes poetry has spent six months without leaving his apartment because of his paranoid delusions involving sadistic doctors, rappers, and ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker
Stars: Ted Raimi, Deborah Foreman, Bruce Campbell
Ticks (1993)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of troubled teenagers are led by social workers on a California wilderness retreat, not knowing that the woods they are camping in have become infested by mutated, blood-sucking ticks.

Director: Tony Randel
Stars: Rosalind Allen, Ami Dolenz, Seth Green
Going Back (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1964 two high school friends, Brice and Cleveland leave their suburban neighborhood in Michigan to spend the summer in the countryside before going off to college. They are befriended by... See full summary »

Director: Ron Teachworth
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Christopher Howe, Perry Mallette
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Still in the thrall of the evil vampire Radu, Michelle yearns to be taught the skills of the vampire. Meanwhile, her sister Becky tries to free her from his evil clutches, and this time, she's brought some help.

Director: Ted Nicolaou
Stars: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Mardulak
Morgan Brittany ... Sarah
Bruce Campbell ... Van Helsing
Jim Metzler ... David
Maxwell Caulfield ... Shane
Deborah Foreman ... Sandy
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mort
John Ireland ... Jefferson
Dana Ashbrook ... Jack
John Hancock ... Quinton Canada
Marion Eaton ... Anna
Dabbs Greer ... Otto
Bert Remsen ... Milt
Sunshine Parker ... Merle
Helena Carroll Helena Carroll ... Madge
Edit

Storyline

Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences. Written by <robin.poole@octacon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There's two kinds of folks in Purgatory. Vampires and lunch. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sundown: El crepúsculo de la sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

Arches National Park, Utah, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vestron Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After filming was complete, Vestron was deadlocked between releasing either this film theatrically or Earth Girls Are Easy theatrically. The latter film ended up being released instead of this one. See more »

Goofs

In the first bat scene it is mentioned that when in bat form vampires are nude, and this is verified in the following scene where Shane attempts to rape Sarah. However, this is ignored for the remainder of the film, with vampires switching forms while remaining fully clothed regularly. See more »

Quotes

Robert Van Helsing: Once a bloodsucker, always a bloodsucker.
See more »

Connections

References Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So Fine
Written by Richard Stone
Performed by Jess Harnell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Could had been a fun movie and a real cult-classic but it just isn't.
24 October 2011 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

There are plenty of reasons why this movie could had been a real fun one and a bit of a cult-classic even. It has the right premise and settings, as well as the right cast for it. I mean, David Carradine as Dracula and Bruce Campbell as Van Helsing, set in a small rural town in 'modern' day America, how could things go wrong? The answer is very simple unfortunately; the script.

It's really disappointing how incredibly lame and poorly the story got written. The right ideas were there it seemed but yet they didn't really had an idea how to use them. The story feels like it's all constant buildup, without ever a decent pay off. It's such an uninteresting done story, in which all of the characters also don't work out at all. All of the characters motivations remain unclear to me really. I had no idea what Dracula wanted or what Van Helsing was trying to achieve and why the Harrison's are the centerpiece of the movie remains also quite unclear. It all still starts of promising enough but the movie starts to run out of steam pretty fast and there is far too little good, original or interesting happening in the story.

The comedy of the movie is typically '80's like, even though it's an 1990 movie (though some sources say it's an 1989 movie). This means that the comedy is quite simplistic and childish really, which more often makes the movie lame than funny really. And that for me was the movie its downfall. I mean I could had so easily forgiven the movie for all of its weaknesses, if only the movie was a more fun and funny one to watch.

I love vampires and all, as long as they don't sparkle but there for me was very little to enjoy in this movie. The movie might just as well had been one about zombies, or nuclear affected freaks and the movie would had been all the same really. Not even David Carradine could impress me much as count Dracula. There is simply very little typical vampire stuff going on in this movie and most of the well known actors also get heavily underused. I still thought it was great that David Carradine played the famous count. A role that his father John Carradine had played more than a few times during his career, also in a couple of official Universal studio movies and who had died just a few years prior to this movie. As far as I know if this was the only time David Carradine played the blood sucking count. Perhaps he did it as an homage to his, at the time, recently deceased father.

There is a very good reason why this movie isn't known any better really; it's very forgettable.

5/10

http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed