Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat

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Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
Sundown cover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnthony Hickox
Produced byDan Ireland
Jack Lorenz
Jefferson Richard
Written byJohn Burgess
Anthony Hickox
StarringDavid Carradine
Morgan Brittany
Bruce Campbell
Deborah Foreman
Music byRichard Stone
Edited byChristopher Cibelli
Distributed byVestron Pictures
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.8 million

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat is a 1989 American Western comedy horror film directed by Anthony Hickox and starring David Carradine, Bruce Campbell, Morgan Brittany, and Deborah Foreman. It was written by Hickox and John Burgess.

Filmed in and around Moab, Utah, in 1988, Sundown was Vestron Pictures' last film and it was never released to theaters. Its only public screenings were at film festivals in Seattle and Palm Springs, as well as a Cannes release in 1989. Released in 1991 on VHS and in 2008 on DVD, it has earned a cult following.[1]


Under the leadership of their ancient and powerful leader Jozek Mardulak, a colony of vampires seek a peaceful life in the desolate desert town of Purgatory. Key to the transition is the town's artificial-bloodmaking facility and it is just not working. Mardulak summons the human designer of the plant, who brings his wife and two young daughters along for what he thinks will be a pleasant desert vacation. Soon, he and his family are caught up in a civil war as another vampire elder, who abhors the idea of vampires being anything other than predators, organizes a revolution, and a descendant of the Van Helsing family arrives intent on destroying all vampires.



Parts of the film were shot at Moab, Spanish Valley, Thompson Springs, Hittle Bottom and Arches National Park in Utah.[2]

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  1. ^ On DVD: Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat — A Lost Campy Fave Rises from the Grave
  2. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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