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Vamp -- A group of fraternity pledges head for the seedy side of the city in search of strippers and discover a sinister spot called The After Dark Club.
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18 July 1986 (USA) See more »
A Frightening Comedy See more »
Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Chris Makepeace ... Keith
Sandy Baron ... Vic

Robert Rusler ... AJ

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Allison / Amaretto

Gedde Watanabe ... Duncan

Grace Jones ... Katrina

Billy Drago ... Snow
Brad Logan ... Vlad
Lisa Lyon ... Cimmaron
Jim Boyle ... Fraternity Leader
Larry Spinak ... Student
Eric Welch ... Student
Stuart Rogers ... Student
Gary Swailes ... Sock Salesman
Ray Ballard ... Coffee Shop Proprietor
Paunita Nichols ... Maven
Trudel Williams ... Dragon Girl
Marlon McGann ... Hard Hat
Thomas Bellin ... Shorty
Bryan Michael McGuire ... Pool Player (as Bryan McGuire)
Leila Lee Olsen ... Seko (as Leila Hee Olsen)
Hillary Carlip ... Jett (as Hilary Carlip)

Francie Swift ... Dominique (as Francine Swift)
Tricia Brown ... Candi
Naomi Shohan ... Bartendress
Janeen Davis ... Bartendress
Ytossie Patterson ... Waitress
Tanya Papanicolas ... Waitress
Robin Kaufman ... Little Girl
Hy Pyke ... Desk Clerk
Bob Schott ... Gang Leader

Adam Barth ... Dragon
Bill Morphew ... Dragon
Simmy Bow ... Bum
Roger Hampton ... Police
Andy Rivas ... Police
Julius LeFlore ... Garbage Truck Driver

Greg Lewis ... Bus Driver
Dar Robinson ... Security Guard

Directed by
Richard Wenk 
Writing credits
Donald P. Borchers (story) &
Richard Wenk (story)

Richard Wenk (screenplay)

Produced by
Donald P. Borchers .... producer
Susan Gelb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Elias (composition & arrangement)
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis (director of photography)
Douglas F. O'Neons 
Film Editing by
Marc Grossman 
Casting by
Linda Francis (casting by)
Production Design by
Alan Roderick-Jones 
Art Direction by
Philip Aja 
Carol Clements 
Alan Roderick-Jones 
Set Decoration by
Katie Carmichael  (as Katherine J. Carmichael)
Costume Design by
Betty Pecha Madden 
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... makeup artist (as Teresa Austin)
Brent Baker .... special effects makeup assistant
Robin Beauchesne .... makeup artist
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects artist
Frankie Campbell .... hair stylist
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects
Kay Cole .... hair stylist
Earl Ellis .... special effects makeup assistant
Joanne Gair .... grace jones' makeup (as Joann Gair)
Morton Greenspoon .... contact lens consultant (as Morton R. Greenspoon O.D.)
Tina Kline .... contact lens technician
Erin Lyons .... assistant hair stylist (as Erin B. Lyons)
Gilbert A. Mosko .... special effects makeup assistant (as Gil Mosko)
Alan Scott .... grace jones' hair
Joe Sellar .... contact lens technician
Marlene Stoller .... contact lens technician
Peter Tothpal .... key hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Klexius Kolby .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Kelly Mann .... effects technician (uncredited)
Lisa Rocco .... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Mario Davis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benita Allen .... second assistant director
Grant Gilmore .... second assistant director
Whitney R. Hunter .... second assistant director (as Whitney Hunter)
Matia Karrell .... first assistant director
Betsy Pollock .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rance Barela .... scenic artist
Blaise Borchers .... dragon logo design
Bob Danyla .... construction coordinator
Ainslee Colt de Wolf .... set dresser (as Ainslee Colt DeWolf)
Larry Edwards .... swing gang (as Larry D. Edwards)
Bradley C. Golden .... miscellaneous crew
Henry Harris .... swing gang
Joel Lipman .... swing gang
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
John Muto .... design consultant
Michael S. Nelson .... assistant property master
David Richardson .... swing gang
Ray Stoddard .... standby carpenter (as Ray R. Stoddard)
Craig S. Sulli .... leadman
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist (as Peter Von Sholly)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Gregg Barbanell .... sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
G.W. Brown .... sound editor
Margaret Carlton .... sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Alice Clift .... foley artist
David R. Finkelstein .... apprentice sound editor
Greg Jacobs .... sound editor
Hannah Kozak .... sound effects librarian
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator (as Patrushkha Mibrzwa)
Gary Pennington .... sound editor
Terryl S. Speights .... boom operator
Marty Stein .... sound editor (as Marty A. Stein)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Mark Ulano .... sound mixer
Victoria Vanderkloot .... sound effects librarian
Ken Winber .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Chris Chesney .... special effects
Peter Chesney .... special effects
Tom Chesney .... special effects
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects technician
Jarn Heil .... special effects
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Joe Viskocil .... special effects (as Joseph Viskocil)
Visual Effects by
Roger Dorney .... optical supervisor
L.L. Brittany .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Kimberly Epper .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Sandy J. Leavenworth .... stunts (as Sandi Leavenworth)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
'Wild' Bill Mock .... stunts (as Bill Mock)
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Leland Sun .... stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Monté Black .... electrician
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Shunil Borpujari .... key grip
Duke Cortez .... grip
Thomas Crawford .... grip (as Tom Crawford)
Neil Dickerson .... electrician (as Nell Dickerson)
Malcolm Doran II .... best boy grip
Eric Engler .... camera operator (as William Eric Engler)
Dave Footman .... grip (as David Footman)
Richard Franchot .... best boy grip
Colin E. Fritz .... electrician
Dan Gillham .... gaffer
Elwin 'Bub' Greer .... best boy
Elwin 'Bub' Greer .... grip (as Elwin B. Greer)
Sean McLin .... camera operator
Bob Myers .... grip
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... electrician (as Tony Nakonechnyj)
Marie Pedersen .... second assistant camera
Christian Silver .... grip (as Christian deLys Silver)
Jim Thorpe .... electrician
Joel Unangst .... best boy electrician
Thaddeus Wadleigh .... electrician
Jorgen Wedseltoft .... first assistant camera
Animation Department
Clint Colver .... animation supervisor
Casting Department
Jeff Greenberg .... associate casting director
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Dan Parada .... extras casting (as Danny Parada)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Azzedine Alaïa .... grace jones' wardrobe
Issey Miyake .... grace jones' wardrobe
Lydia Shiferaw .... wardrobe assistant (as Lydia Shifferaw)
Bonnie Sinclair .... costumer
Editorial Department
James Gavin Bedford .... assistant editor (as James G. Bedford)
Valerie Davidson .... assistant editor
Allan Holzman .... additional editing
Richard Melhem .... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Joe Woo Jr. .... associate editor
Music Department
Jerry Bennett .... synthesist
Fran Block .... associate music producer
Jonathan Elias .... live orchestration
Jonathan Elias .... synthesist
Jonathan Elias .... synthesizer realization
Scott Elias .... executive music producer
Jeff Freeman .... music editor
Doug Hall .... live orchestration (as Douglas Hall)
Doug Hall .... synthesist (as Douglas Hall)
Susan Kent .... associate music producer
Michael Montes .... synthesist
Tom Regis .... synthesist
John J. Russo .... associate music producer (as John Russo)
Steve Sauber .... synthesist
Paul Seymour .... synthesist
Paul Seymour .... synthesizer realization
James Simcik .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jack Carpenter .... driver
Larry Cole .... water truck
Don Hannah .... honeywagon driver (as Donald Hannah)
Danny Naten .... driver
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Deana Albers .... grace jones' assistant
Alicia Alexander .... location manager
Richard Bernstein .... contributing artist
Rafe Blasi .... publicity coordinator
Lisa Blok-Linson .... location scout (as Lisa Blok)
Paul Byers .... production assistant
Mitch Carter .... voice
Cathy Cavadini .... voice
Russell Clark .... choreographer
Dan Conable .... medic
Holly-Elizabeth Crawford .... designated production assistant (as Holly Elizabeth Crawford)
Bruce Darby .... studio assistant
Nan Diacovo .... production assistant (as Nannette Diacovo)
Deborah Fallender .... voice
Greg Finley .... voice
Sherman Foote .... studio assistant
Jeff Freedman .... publicist
Patricia V. Fuenzalida .... production secretary
James Gierman .... location manager
Kelly Gleason .... production assistant (as Kelly P. Gleason)
Barbara Gutman .... post production accountant
Ronald E. Hairston .... craft service (as Ronald Hairston)
Keith Haring .... Grace Jones' bodypainting & chair by
Lisa Hollingshead .... production coordinator
Gordon Hunt .... dialogue director
Brad F. Inman .... officer in charge of production
Robert Jellen .... insurance
Pavana Kaine .... extras coordinator
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance (as Brian Kingman)
Jeff Kloss .... production assistant
Rocky Lane .... production assistant
Bob Manning .... production consultant
David McCharen .... voice
Amy Mendelson .... craft service
Robert Mintz .... completion guarantee (as Bob Mintz)
Boone Narr .... animal handler
Edward T. Parmalee .... location scout
Jan Rabson .... voice
Tom Rowe .... production assistant
Hal Schaffel .... completion guarantee
Marilyn Schreffler .... voice
Elena Serrano .... designated production assistant
Howard Siegel .... payroll services
Anita Sobelson .... studio assistant
David Spada .... Grace Jones' jewelry & accessories by
Duane Spears .... officer in charge of production (as Duane Speers)
Harry Stanback .... security
Cheryl Starbuck .... production assistant
Dennis Tufano .... adr loop group
Dennis Tufano .... voice
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor (as Brenda Wachel)
Andy Warhol .... contributing artist
Ray Zimmerman .... production accountant
Barry W. Blaustein .... very special thanks (as Barry Blaustein)
Clay Borris .... very special thanks
Bob Caviano .... very special thanks
David Colden .... very special thanks
Richard Davis .... very special thanks
Anne L. Erickson .... very special thanks
Peter Grossman .... very special thanks
David Landau .... very special thanks
Linda Lichter .... very special thanks
Leonard Shapiro .... very special thanks (as Len Shapiro)
Steve Werndorf .... very special thanks
Chase Williams .... very special thanks

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93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: The amount of cockroaches in the candy dish are less when Vic eats a cockroach. When Keith mistakenly eats one there are many more cockroaches in the dish.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
16 Candles meets 13 Ghosts, 8 September 2013
Author: rooprect from New York City

If you like campy 80s flicks, don't even bother reading this review. Just go watch the movie. Now.

What more can be said? "Vamp" is totally 80s to the max. Let's begin with the actors... We've got Chris Makepeace ("Meatballs", "My Bodyguard") sporting tight jeans and a oh-so-fashionable blue football jacket. We've got Robert Rusler ("Weird Science", "The Facts of Life") sporting a lovely pastel shirt and wool blazer with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows. Then we've got Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong in "16 Candles") reprising his classic nerdy role, only this time without the horribly contrived Asian accent so you can safely laugh at him without feeling racist. And of course we've got Grace Jones, 80s icon extraordinaire ("Conan the Destroyer", "A View to a Kill") sporting a wire bikini that makes Princess Leia's brass swimsuit look like a nun's habit.

But for my money, the actor who steals the show is the late, great Sandy Baron as Vic the seedy nightclub owner. You've definitely seen his mug all over TV in minor roles that always stole the show (on Seinfeld he was the cranky retiree who gave Jerry the "astronaut pen"). He definitely steals the show in "Vamp" as the lovably sinister old timer who just wants to get to Vegas, even if it means selling his soul to a clan of bloodthirsty vampires. Sandy even has a few dramatic monologues which add depth to this otherwise silly romp. When he proselytizes about his "service" of ridding society of the dregs, the wanderers and the losers, and he punctuates it with a toothy Cheshire-cat grin, it sends a chill right up your spine.

Plot-wise, it's your basic creatures-of-the-night-run-amok-in-a-bar story. You know, the one Tarantino recycled in "From Dusk Til Dawn" 10 years later. Yes, "Vamp" was the original and don't you forget it.

There's some great comedy in this movie, and for that reason it's hard to approach it as a horror film. The whole thing is tongue-in-cheek which takes away the terror and replaces it with laughs. It's a crying shame that director/writer Richard Wenk didn't do more films because he had a great approach to filmmaking: a cross between John Hughes ("16 Candles") and the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team ("Airplane!").

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you buy the DVD, which you must, be sure to get the 2001 Starz/Anchor Bay release, NOT the 2011 Image Entertainment release. Why? Because the 2001 release includes the hilarious Richard Wenk short film "Dracula Bites the Big Apple". His first film short, this is what got him the "Vamp" gig, and you don't want to miss it. Why they didn't include it in the 2011 release (dvd OR blu-ray) is beyond me.

So there you have it. See this film for the 80s nostalgia, see it for Sandy Baron, just see it. Other campy 80s gems I recommend are "The Alien from L.A." (1986) which was Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kathy Ireland's big break, "Elvira: Mistress of the Dark" (1988) which is so bad it's ...well... BAD. And although you've probably seen it you gotta see it again: "Beetlejuice" (1988).

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