Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Vampire's Kiss

Vampire's Kiss (1989)

Rating: Sure
Moderately Trashy

Somewhat interesting film about a sleazy, obnoxious editor (Nicholas Cage) who believes he has become a vampire. He takes to wearing dark glasses and fake plastic fangs, and terrorizing his secretary (Maria Conchita Alonso). He also runs down the street screaming "I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire!" (a scene which whatsername should use in the next Twilight novel).

But is he really a vampire, or is he just completely insane? The film manages to handle this question without trying to be 'deep' or 'reinvent the vampire myth' or be remotely serious. The goofiness, however, works rather than turn the film into a joke which takes an hour and a half to reach the punchline.

The character is bizarrely interesting, the plot borderline plausible (I wouldn't be surprised if that happened).

Ordinarily I can't stand Nicholas Cage. I liked him in Raising Arizona and, for some weird reason, The Weather Man but other than that he bugs the hell out of me. However, I enjoyed his performance in this, irritating though he was - he seems to be very good at playing an obnoxious, self obsessed asshole. I wonder why?

Unfortunately, this movie happened to be made at the tail end of the 80s, which means that everything is permeated by the sleaze of that god forsaken time period - the music is actually not unbearably atrocious (a fact which probably saves the movie), but still. There's just something about the 80s...

It's about what the vampire genre needs right now. Something in that vein anyway (don't. Just don't). Most of the vampire movies I've seen lately have been waaay too serious and depressing (i.e., that Alaska one, the Underworld movies et cetera. Blade had a fair sense of humour which was cool). Or, you know, really sexy and shit. Or REALLY unsexy. There has to be something in the middle, an intermediate amount of sexiness.

Well, whatever. This movie was fun to watch. It made me laugh. It's not hard to make me laugh, but it still made me laugh. Yay.


Directed by:
Robert Bierman. Written by: Joseph Minion. Starring: Nicholas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Ashley, Kasi Lemmons, Bob Lujan.

The ninth installment of the Friday the 13th series.

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