Release date1991 WriterNicolas Falacci (screenplay), Nicolas Falacci (story), William Hopkins (story), Tony Randel (story), Christopher Webster (story) GenresHorror, Teen film, Supernatural CastKaren Black (Karen Thompson), Ami Dolenz (Lucy Barrett), Maya McLaughlin (Cindy Thompson), Peter DeLuise (Mark Gardner) Similar moviesThe Forsaken (2001), Vampires: The Turning (2005), The Return of Count Yorga (1971), Night Hunter (1996), Fright Night II (1988)
TaglineBe home before nightfall... and pray for dawn!
Children of the night 1991
Children of the Night is a 1991 American horror film directed by Tony Randel.
Before going away to college, two childhood friends, Cindy Thompson and Lucy Barrett (Ami Dolenz), decide to symbolically cleanse themselves of the "dirt" of their small town by swimming laps in an abandoned church crypt. Lucy drops her crucifix, which drifts down onto the submerged remains of an ancient vampire, Czakyr. Czakyr awakes and kills Cindy. Mark Gardner (Peter DeLuise), a school teacher from a nearby town, gets directed to Allburg by an old friend of his, Father Frank Aldin (Evan Mackenzie). Once there he tries to help Lucy, as she has now become the target of a town-turned-vampires, due to her "virgin blood". Lucy, Mark, and a drunken preacher make camp in an abandoned building outside of town and make plans to fight the vampire army. Utilizing the preacher's "cross mobile" they battle Allburg's entire vampire populace, ultimately taking on the evil Czakyr. Once Czakyr has been killed, the town's folk return to normal, with some complaining of "splinters in their chests".
Karen Black as Karen Thompson
Peter DeLuise as Mark Gardner
Ami Dolenz as Lucy Barrett
Maya McLaughlin as Cindy Thompson
David Sawyer as Czakyr
Garrett Morris as Matty
Release and reception
Children of the Night had its world premiere at the 1991 Toronto International Film Festival as part of their Midnight Madness program. Jay Scott (The Globe & Mail) referred to the film as a standout of the program, referring to the film as "a truly disgusting vampire film - imagine Karen Black in latex makeup, moaning through her rubber fangs