People in a small village are being killed off, drained of blood and it is all very mysterious. Could it be a vampire bat or a man cursed with the unquenchable need for that life-giving fluid?
The leads of the film as played by Ralph Morgan and Maxine Doyle are a little stiff at times, but they do a serviceable job and are lucky to find themselves surrounded by a cast that helps to carry them through the movie’s sixty-five minute running time. To reiterate, while there is nothing that can be called creepy or horrifying in the slightest, there are some moody scenes present and director Frank R. Strayer makes good use of lighting to set the stage for those particular times when Morgan sets out as the vampire. It is suspenseful at the very least and is enough to keep the picture moving along at a decent pace.
As it is, Condemned to Live is a short venture into the realm of that nocturnal feeder called the vampire. It is not so much a memorable movie as it is interesting and is a somewhat enjoyable outing that manages to be compelling nonetheless.
3 out of 5