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Dance of the Damned (1989)

 -  Drama | Horror | Romance  -  19 April 1989 (USA)
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A vampire follows his instincts to a strip joint where he focuses in on one of the performers. He picks her for his meal because she is contemplating suicide, but he wants to share her life... See full summary »

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Starr Andreeff ...
Jodi Hurtz
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The Vampire
Debbie Nassar ...
La Donna
Maria Ford ...
Teacher
Athena Worthy ...
Ray Gun Girl
Tom Ruben ...
Chuck Rhee ...
Daniel
J. Bartell ...
Driver
Paisley Yankolovich ...
Skinhead (as Paisley)
Eric Coplin ...
Punk
Dov Rudnick ...
Paperboy
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A vampire follows his instincts to a strip joint where he focuses in on one of the performers. He picks her for his meal because she is contemplating suicide, but he wants to share her life before taking it, and during the course of the evening they discuss their differences, their fears, and their lifestyles. As the moment of truth approaches, the woman becomes less sure that she wants to die. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The ultimate seduction. See more »


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The cast and crew averaged 14 to 16 hours per day throughout the shooting of the film. See more »

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Jodi Hurtz: What are you?
The Vampire: You know.
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B-movie vampire drama...
7 November 2010 | by (The Divided States of Earth) – See all my reviews

...about an 80's rock star-type looking male vampire who picks up a stripper after hours to ask her plenty of questions that a vampire would yearn to know the answer to and then to subsequently eat her before dawn. Questions like "what does the day feel like?", "what does the sun-light on your skin feel like?", "what does it feel like to have a friend?",... Questions that the stripper has a hard time answering to the vampire's satisfaction and she's rather reluctant to put much effort into her answers given that she knows that he wants to kill her in a few hours.

It's really just about those two characters, not much else. The vamp has got plenty of cool powers, wants to eat her but also wants her company and the experiences of her that he can't have. Also the woman contemplated suicide before meeting him so she repeatedly goes from wanting him to kill her and to trying to save her skin which makes for interesting inner conflicts and thrilling drama.

It very much has this early 90's B-movie kind of look and feel to it that I like so much. Man, this thing is so underground, I'm tellin' ya. Erotic goth sleaze with serious aspirations. Forget Anne Rice? No, but this is just as good. It was directed by a woman which, I think, is very noticeable, in a good way. The vamp is a romantic tough guy with cool contacts, he has super powers, taste in art and is rich because of some "long term investments" (makes sense, huh?). And yes, the woman is way more sickly looking than him, actually, but then he isn't the one who's the smoker (makes sense, yes?). Sounds groovy? It is. Unfortunately although the movie has something that feels like a proper ending I personally wasn't satisfied with it, I could have easily gone for another "chapter" to get some real closure on the story.


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