July 26, 2021
Box Office $0.03 million;
$27.97 DVD, $28.96 Blu-ray;
Stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, C.M. Punk.
Scream queen Barbara Crampton plays a meek housewife who literally grows some fangs in the bloody Jakob’s Wife.
Crampton plays Anne, wife of local pastor Jakob (Larry Fessenden), who begins to strain against the mundane routines of their marriage. Her passions are rekindled by a visit from former flame Tom (Robert Rusler), particularly when their attempt at a tryst is interrupted by a vampire attack.
The vampire, known as The Master (Bonnie Aarons), brings Anne under her thrall, giving her a newfound sense of confidence and rebellion, worrying Jakob.
Anne also takes on the bloodlust of the vampire, leading to some remarkably gory sequences of bodies spraying blood as major veins and arteries are punctured at feeding time.
There’s also an effective sequence involving a dentist’s UV teeth-whitening device, which causes Anne’s face to catch on fire due to her starting to take on the classic primary vampire weakness of an allergy to sunlight.
Jakob’s Wife should prove a pleasing diversion for horror fans looking for a late-night distraction. It’s hard not to think someone on the creative team wasn’t a fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” when piecing this script together, given that Anne was Buffy’s middle name, and the Master was the name of the vampire villain of the show’s first season.
The Blu-ray includes a brief five-minute making-of featurette as well as more than 13 minutes of deleted scenes.