The film begins with a young man (Martin) stalking a woman on a train. He breaks into her room and attacks her, eventually pacifying with an injection of some chemical. He rapes her and then cuts her neck open and drinks her blood. Somehow, he can sneak off the train at the stop and nobody ever talks about this. I know Detroit has a crime-rate issue, but this should get some attention! Martin is picked up by his uncle, who does nothing but stare at him and talk to him strangely. The man appears to be 'fresh off the boat,' despite owning a house for years there. He acts all freaky about having Martin there, even going as far to have garlic strung up in the door frames and tying string with a bell on it to the door. He does all this because he is convinced that Martin is a vampire. This leads to my biggest complaint: Martin is a vampire! The whole thing is played like 'wow, this uncle is crazy,' but the guy does kill people and drink their blood. Just because he doesn't turn into a bat doesn't negate everything!
The movie is a series of melodramatic moments and odd plot points from here on out. Martin's cousin is a nice young lady who just sort of mopes about and does nothing. She has a boyfriend- Tom Savini- who has one brief scene where he just sort of sits around during dinner. That's pretty much it for Tom- have fun making all the blood. Speaking of which, Martin kills another lady and drinks her blood too...but he's not a vampire. He has a weird food delivery/date with a married woman who likes to talk to him while he just sort of stands around collecting flies in his upper lip. Seriously, the guy doesn't speak until 25 minutes or so into the movie. He actually begins a relationship with this woman and sort of meanders about- what a surprise. It picks up when he shows up one night, says that he wants to have sex with her and...well, they do. That was abrupt, movie. Later on, he delivers food to a different couple, stakes the place out and attacks the house while the woman is with her boyfriend. This attack scene runs for minutes on end and takes up a good chunk of screen time. But I wanted more meandering dialog scenes!