Blood & Donuts

Overview

This Canadian production stars Gordon Currie as a charming but awkward vampire who is awakened from a decades-long nap by a runaway golf ball and eventually tries to readjust to life in the '90s with the help of a nutty, philosophical cab driver Justin Louis and the lovely proprietor of an all-night downtown donut shop Helene Clarkson. The prospect of a relationship with the smart and spunky pastry wrangler is hindered, however, by the presence of Currie's former lover Fiona Reid, to whom the last 25 years have ...
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Overview

This Canadian production stars Gordon Currie as a charming but awkward vampire who is awakened from a decades-long nap by a runaway golf ball and eventually tries to readjust to life in the '90s with the help of a nutty, philosophical cab driver Justin Louis and the lovely proprietor of an all-night downtown donut shop Helene Clarkson. The prospect of a relationship with the smart and spunky pastry wrangler is hindered, however, by the presence of Currie's former lover Fiona Reid, to whom the last 25 years have been somewhat less kind. Director Holly Dale gleaned a surprising amount of humor from this premise, including a cameo from Toronto's duke of dementia David Cronenberg as a sleazeball gangster who constantly berates his underlings.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A likeable example of creative storytelling on a limited budget, Blood and Donuts takes the premise of the loneliness brought on by immortality and the disillusionment of seeing so much accomplished technologically in so little time (protagonist bloodsucker Boya slips into slumber immediately after witnessing man's first steps on the moon), and personalizes these concepts with a touch of humor and well-defined character interaction. Though Blood and Donuts doesn't hit every target it sets its ambitious aims toward, it does manage to entice the viewer's involvement with the characters through showing their motivations instead of voicing them, and considering some character motivations not explored in previous vampire film efforts. The night Boya slipped into slumber, he kissed a beautiful woman and nearly turned her into one of his own. Now aged and haggard, the woman has been obsessively searching for Boya since his disappearance in order to take revenge for his not giving her the eternal youth and beauty that would aid her in retaining her desirability. Boya's only motivations now are human contact and interaction, something he finds in the subtle company of an all-night donut shop that carries the elusive kiwi-jelly donut. And though certain supporting characters come off as simply obnoxious and overzealous, they serve as a reminder that the film is called Blood and Donuts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • UPC: 012236024637
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gordon Currie Boya Zsekely
Justin Louis Earl
Helene Clarkson Molly
Fiona Reid Rita
Frank Moore Pierce
David Cronenberg Stephen
J. Winston Carroll Bernie
Hadley Kay Axel
Technical Credits
Holly Dale Director
Andrew Rai Berzins Screenwriter
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Brett Sullivan Editor
Colin Brunton Producer
Janis Cole Consultant/advisor
Emma England Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Fanfara Associate Producer, Editor
Steven Hoban Producer
David Moe Production Designer
Paul Sarossy Cinematographer
Nash the Slash Score Composer
Justine Whyte Associate Producer
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