|Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat|
|Directed by||Anthony Hickox|
|Produced by||Jefferson Richard|
|Edited by||Christopher Cibelli|
|Music by||Richard Stone|
|Distributed by||Vestron Pictures|
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.
Its only public screenings were at film festivals in Seattle and Palm Springs, as well as at Cannes. Released in 1991 on VHS and in 2008 on DVD, it has earned a cult following.
Under the leadership of the ancient Jozek Mardulak, a colony of vampires seeks a peaceful life in the desolate desert town of Purgatory. Key to the transition is repairing the town's artificial blood factory. 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.
Ethan Jefferson is a vampire who wants to return to hunting and feasting on humans. Soon, the plant manager and his family are caught up in a civil war, as Jefferson organizes a revolution.
In the midst of the vampire civil war, a young 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.
In Creature Feature, the movie received 3 out of 5 stars, noting that it was infused with cinematic vitality  TV Guide similarly gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars, finding the movie to be enjoyable, but that the ending collapses under its own cleverness. Entertainment Weekly gave the movie a C−, finding it to be anemic.