Blood & Donuts (1995)

HOLLY DALE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

, 1995. , , , , . Screenplay by . Cinematography by . Produced by . Music by . Production Design by . Costume Design by . Film Editing by , .

On the night that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, a vampire named Boya (played with easy charm by ) went into a twenty-five year hibernation that is ended at the beginning of this cult curiousity, when a random golf ball flies through a basement window and knocks the bag containing his undead body. Boya awakens, heads to a graveyard to get a few belongings and sets up in a cheap Toronto motel, looking for rats and pigeons to eat since he no longer feasts on human beings. Boya befriends a cab driver named Earl () who is being harassed by a couple of hoodlums who work for the area’s drug lord (a cameo by ) and the two men spend much of the movie at a local all-night donut shop where Boya develops a fondness for Molly (), the young woman working behind the counter. The quirky characters have genuine appeal and the low-key movements of the plot, which are never in a rush to do much more than soak in the atmosphere, add a sense of intimacy to the proceedings, but at some point it becomes clear that a lot of dressing up is being done to a story that has very little central motivation.  is excellent as a love affair from Boya’s earlier life who comes searching for closure, the only really dramatically concerning piece of a puzzle that otherwise loses touch with its audience by the time it reaches its unimpressive conclusion.

Toronto International Film Festival: 1995

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