Grave of the Vampire

An English nobleman and vampire survives in New England but perishes while fleeing police after a rape in Boston.

He rises from his grave in California to kill a college student and rape his sweetheart, the couple have been trysting in the graveyard.

The infant, who will not take milk but blood, grows up to seek out and destroy his father, who now teaches a night school class on Folk Mythology and the Occult.

A very obscure film, shot on a dime, written by David Chase.


End of the World

The Apocalypse rendered out of St. John, with a deliberate turning of each actor to account by having him serve as a signpost in a particular position. Thus Lew Ayres as Commander Beckerman deflects the point from Strock’s Gog with its orbiting enemy spacecraft.

“Lay your treasure up in heaven”, and let the world slide.

Filmed partly on location at Rocketdyne, where Professor Boran (Kirk Scott) monitors planetary and sometimes interplanetary communications. The government sends him on a speaking tour to get youth interested in the space program (Dean Jagger is the boss, Macdonald Carey the head security guard).

Signals linked to natural disasters crop up, with replies from Earth traced either to Beckerman’s secret installation monitoring Soviet orbiters or else to a convent forty miles away, St. Catherine’s, where the priest is Father Pergado (Christopher Lee).

The professor and his wife (Sue Lyon) tour the college circuit, are rudely accosted at first by Beckerman’s security team, and finally penetrate the mystery of the convent.

The strange winking globe seen at first and last is Orson Welles’ “grinning, globular inhabitant of the pumpkin patch” from the radio.