Written by: George Pacheco on September 16th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: September 8th, 1988, Italy
Directors: Augusto Caminito, Mario Caiano, Luigi Cozzi, Klaus Kinski
Writer: Augusto Caminito
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence
DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Prince of the Night is yet another re-titling job from the One 7 Movies crew, this time for the troubled 1988 production Vampire in Venice, a.k.a. Nosferatu in Venice. This late period Italian horror film was one of the last roles for iconic, crazed German actor Klaus Kinski, and it stands an example of the actor’s legendary reputation of difficulty amongst his directors and co-stars.
Kinski himself directed a bit of Vampire in Venice, after demands and fits ousted not one, or two but THREE different directors from the project, including such workmen as Mario Caiano, Maurizio Lucidi and Luigi Cozzi. This is made all too obvious in the film’s lack of a coherent narrative and presentation. Simply put, Vampire in Venice is a mess, held together only by the stylish cinematography, gorgeous Venice locations and Kinski’s mesmerizing performance as the tired, aged nosferatu.
The film is sexualized and evocative, making the most of Kinski’s own notorious sexual passion, and he ravages his female costars and makes life a living hell for his onscreen nemeses Christopher Plummer and Donald Pleasence. Meanwhile, the music from Luigi Ceccarellli and Vangelis ensure that Vampire in Venice is at least nice to look at and listen to, even if the final product doesn’t make much sense.
Prince of the Night may be presented in its original anamorphic widescreen presentation, but this otherwise has to be one of One 7 Movies’ worst presentations, suffering from muddled, horrible sound and a super dark picture which stands in severe contrast to the Region 2 disc from Midnight Movies. The English dub struggles to rise up the incessant background noise, while the Italian audio track is presented without subtitles. There are also some notable audio flubs during the opening and closing credits, making this one of the most disappointing releases from One 7 Movies.