Night Owl (1993) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Night Owl (1993) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Night Owl (1993) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Night Owl (1993) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Arsenault
STARRING: John Leguizamo, James Raftery, Holly Woodlawn
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

Jake (James Raftery) is an apathetic, post-punk vampire who spends his nights cruising seedy music dives for drugged out women to seduce and kill to satisfy his bloodlust. After murdering Zohra, a young Puerto Rican woman, Jake becomes the focus of her brother, Angel, who’s desperate to find his missing sister and fears that Jake might be involved in her disappearance…

Night Owl is a movie that gives me Martin vibes but on a whole other indie level. The ’90s were full of very well crafted indie movies and I’d say this one is that if nothing else. It’s a different type of vampire story but it works for the most part. We follow Jake as he is living the nightlife by going to clubs. Usually, the end results of this are he ends up taking a girl home and killing her. It isn’t an outright bad guy, but he’s a vampire and a vampire does have to eat at the end of the day. The other side of this story comes from a character named Angel. He’s played by John Leguizamo in a very strong performance. His sister is the first victim we see of our vampire but he doesn’t know that yet. He spends a good chunk of the movie trying to see what happened to his sister and he’s probably part of the more compelling and strange moments the movie has to offer up.

Night Owl has an interesting pace and is more along the lines of an indie drama than an outright horror flick. It keeps the story simple and interesting. It also makes pretty good use of the black and white look of the film, a staple for lots of indie movies from the ’90s that would go on to get some wide praise. John Leguizamo is probably the main reason people remember this movie but I think it’s at least worth a watch and if for nothing else the more modern time on the whole vampire thing. Vinegar Syndrome packed this one with lots of interviews and some audition footage in the extras. If you can appreciate a solid indie movie I’d say give it a watch, but if you can’t live without all the bells and whistles this might not be for you.


– Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 16mm camera original
– Audio commentary with director Jeffrey Arsenault
– “Night Life” – an interview with Jeffrey Arsenault
– “Living For the Night” – an interview with actor James Raftery
– “A Chance to Die” – an interview with actress Karen Wexler
– Archival interview with Jeffrey Arsenault
– Original cast auditions
– Raw interview footage with Caroline Munro specifically shot in 1991 for use in Night Owl)
– Original video trailer
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles


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