Young Hannah: Queen of the Vampires

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

On an isolated island, a team of archaeologists have started an expedition, although the locals have warned them not to proceed. As the legend goes, a young woman named Hannah was turned into a vampire, but never destroyed by the townspeople. She was simply too beautiful and they couldn’t bring themselves to burn her, so they sealed her inside of a crypt. This elaborate, massive crypt is even labeled with her name, but the outsiders decide to ignore the locals and their talk, to push forward. The tomb is soon popped open by Chris Bolton (Andrew Prine), who is on the island to further his deceased father’s work. It seems like things are smooth enough, as Chris has met Mary and the two have hit it off, but Mary’s brother is involved in dark deeds, to be sure. His name is Peter and he wishes to revive Hannah from her slumber, so he holds black masses in her crypt and asks some local hermits for their help in the matter. Of course, Hannah is awoken and she begins a blood feast, but can anyone defeat her this time around?

As a fan of vampire cinema, I was eager to spin Young Hannah, Queen of the Vampires, as it had been years since I’d last seen the film. Also known as Crypt of the Living Dead, this movie is pure camp and has some bad moments, but I think it makes for a fun watch. The writing is bland, the special effects low end, and of course, the acting is laughable, but it all adds up to a ton of laughs, if you like bad movies. This is billed as a horror flick however, so if you expect a normal vampire effort, you’ll be taken for a ride here, perhaps one you won’t like. Some scenes have some cool, eerie touches however, and on the whole, the end sequence is memorable and stands as the film’s shining moment, I think. Teresa Gimpera (Feast of Satan) is quite the looker and while she is inside of a tomb for most of this picture, she adds a lot to the final scenes, which is enough here. The rest of the cast is either decent or bad, but in a picture like this, that only serves to add to the entertainment value. VCI’s disc has the widescreen, complete & uncut edition of Young Hannah and comes at a very low price, so if you’re at all interested, this release is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Young Hannah, Queen of the Vampires is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. Given the age and origins of this movie, the image here is pretty good, but it is still quite flawed. The main issue is the contrast, as blacks look too light and as such, detail is overexposed and that’s not good. Some scenes look decent enough, but most are just more grey in tone than black, which is bad news. The colors look faded, as expected, but the print is a little cleaner than I had figured, which is cool. This is not the level of visual excellence we usually expect, but given the nature of this release, it looks more than watchable.

Audio: How does it sound?

I was pleased with the included Dolby Digital stereo option, but it is still pretty dated, as I had expected. I heard a little fuzz at times, but nothing too serious and on the whole, it all sounds more than decent here. The sound effects are thin here and there, while the music is solid, so it isn’t perfect, but far from bad also. The dialogue seems clean enough and never distorts, while the volume remains properly balanced throughout. Not the best audio track I’ve heard, but more than decent and I doubt anyone will be too let down here.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some talent files, but no other bonus materials specific to this movie.

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