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Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation, Biker gangs, and worst of all, the staff of the bar, all of whom seem to be vampires, with Grace Jones playing the head vampire. Written by
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A decade known for its successful vampiric tellings
The 1980's were a great time in horror. There are some out there who believe the majority of the titles were nothing but straight cheese but that's not always the case. This special decade in time gave movie producers the opportunity to boast some impressive special effects that brought many outdated themes current with the young audience of the time. One of which that benefited greatly was that of the vampiric sub- genre. After Hammer's numerous and desperate attempts to cash in on the countless reincarnations of Dracula, movie-goers lost interest. Something needed to be done and the result was a successful one. Titles like 1985's Fright Night (and yes, including its sequel) and 1987's Near Dark, starring Bill Paxton, are perfect examples. One could even mention the venerable Lost Boys and '83's The Hunger, starring the ever-popular David Bowie.
Vamp follows suit when it comes to campy yet fun vampire flicks. Essentially, I liken it to Fright Night - certainly not the most serious collection of titles in the sub-genre but fulfilling enough. The premise concerns a young group of college kids who decide to embark on a roadtrip. Their final destination? To visit a nightclub that turns out to be less than ordinary. As you can deduce from the title, I'm sure you're aware of the trouble the main characters are in for. It's interesting to note here that a young (well...younger) Billy Drago makes an appearance as an offbeat thug, wandering the dark alleys of no-mans- land. You may recognize Drago for his contributions to Takashi Miike's twisted Masters of Horror tale Imprint, Michael Jackson's You Rock My World video, an episode of Supernatural, an episode from the Friday the 13th series back in '88, or an episode from another horror/sci-fi anthology entitled Monsters, that ran from 1988-1990.
Vamp has that 80's flair to it that doesn't exist in any other decade. What mainly catches my interest about the 80's is the fashion, first and foremost, and the music that was released at the time. I appreciate the experimentation that was occurring behind the scenes but I'm still not overly impressed by the mainstream flavor. Vamp has every cliché you'd expect which is why I'm sure they consider it a comedy. Although humorous, the makeup is no joke - they had talented artists on board for sure.
There will be times you'll ask yourself, "Wait, why did he just go and do that?" There will be moments with lewd and immature behavior...possibly even jokes that just aren't funny. If you're a fan of the protagonist looking much older than his intended age, brave 80's fashion, and a soundtrack that will bring you back, you won't be disappointed by Vamp whatsoever. Here's your assignment for the weekend: Go out and rent Vamp, Fright Night, The Hunger, Near Dark, and Lost Boys. Go one step further and put on the Fright Night soundtrack (admittingly I have songs from that in my collection) and pay tribute to this splendid era in horror. Have a report on my desk by Monday and if you have anything bad to say about the 80's...I'll murder you in your sleep.
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