TALE OF A VAMPIRE
WARLOCK: TALE OF A VAMPIRE
Amidst the 1992 fad for vampires, Tale of a Vampire proved to be disappointment. Japanese director Shimako Sato certainly has artistic pretensions but these go nowhere, possibly due to a low budget. The films opening scene with a white-skinned Julian Sands waking up, grabbing a cat and draining its blood over his face is promising but then the film peters out. It becomes slow paced and meanders around without anything ever happening. Even when something does happen, Shimako Sato is vague about what it is. Tale of a Vampire is possibly one of the most trivial seeming of vampire films the vampire spends his entire time hanging about a library in tortured indecision about whether to bite or love the girl. Nothing else happens.
Julian Sands makes for the most neurotic of the new breed of angst-ridden Byronic vampires. Up against him, Suzanna Hamilton is wildly miscast. She is a fine actress see Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) but she is made to subdue herself and seem dumpy and drab, which is exactly the opposite of what this romantic/erotic vampire fantasy requires of its women. Kenneth Cranham another good actor gives an effectively sinister and ambiguous performance.
Shimako Sato continued in the horror genre, returning to her native Japan to make Wizard of Darkness (1995) and Wizard of Darkness II (1996), as well as wrote the sf film The Messiah from the Future (1997), although these have been barely distributed in the West. More recently, she has returned as director of K-20: Legend of the Mask (2008), a masked vigilante film set in an alternate world Japan, and the serial killer thriller Unfair: The Answer (2011), and has also written the scripts for the medium film Ghost (2010) and the live-action remake of Space Battleship Yamato (2010).
In the UK, Tale of a Vampire was renamed Warlock: Tale of a Vampire to capitalise on Julian Sands name in Warlock (1989) and sequels.
Film online in several parts beginning here:-