Wednesday, October 26, 1983
“A Polish Vampire In Burbank” premiers on Halloween In Burbank.
Just in time for a Halloween haunt, the Nuart theatre in West L.A. will premiere a new and unique comedy/horror film entitled “A Polish Vampire In Burbank” on Oct. 30 at a special midnight show. theatre in West L.A. will premiere a new and unique comedy/horror film entitled “A Polish Vampire In Burbank” on Oct. 30 at a special midnight show.” The film is about a reluctant vampire named Dupah, who has never actually gone “all the way” and bitten a neck., who has never actually gone “all the way” and bitten a neck.” . One day his father gets frustrated with his virginous son and kicks him out on a quest for a victim of his own. This causes some hilarious situations as the unfortunate Dupah encounters one failure after another. I guess you could say this is a vampire film “in quite a different vein”.
The unique thing about this 90 minute feature is that the entire film was shot on a budget of about $2,500 (that’s not a misprint) which is less than studios spend on meals for their cast and crews. The film took 30 months to produce and was shot in Super 8, a format usually reserved for home movies., a format usually reserved for home movies.”
“I couldn’t have afforded to make it any other way” said the film’s Producer/Director Mark Pirro, “with the budget I had to work with, I could never have had more than a 10 minute short using 16 or 35mm film. Production of this film was no easy task. Sets had to be constructed, a non-paid cast and crew had to devote a great deal of time to the project, innovative special effects as well as an original soundtrack were created to make this look as polished as its tiny budget would allow.
Pirro is no newcomer to filmmaking. He’s produced eight short subjects including the Super 8 hit, “ The Spy Who Did It Better” featured at the Nuart and Vista Theatres in 1981 and featured on KNXT’s “Two On The Town”.
The director of Photography and the man responsible for some of the amazing visual effects is Craig Bassuk.
Reviewed by Rudy Minger