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Dance of the Damned (1989)

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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Cast overview:
Starr Andreeff ...
Jodi Hurtz
The Vampire
Debbie Nassar ...
La Donna
Athena Worthy ...
Ray Gun Girl
Tom Ruben ...
Chuck Rhee ...
J Bartell ...
Driver (as J. Bartell)
Paisley Yankolovich ...
Skinhead (as Paisley)
Eric Coplin ...
Dov Rudnick ...


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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He has the power of eternal life but she can kill him with one night of passion. See more »


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Release Date:

19 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dança Macabra  »

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


Jodi Hurtz: What are you?
The Vampire: You know.
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The Dance
Music and Lyrics by Gary Stockdale and Tim Daly
Performed by Gary Stockdale
Saxophone solos by Sam Riley
Guitar solos by Pat Kelley
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My favorite vampire movie
26 May 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

The first thing that struck me about this movie and is often true of well done, low budget films is that it feels like a stage play. The movie is character and dialog driven with an economy of changing scenes. Like insects trapped in a magnifying jar, the claustrophobic space brings the characters into raw detail.

When I first saw this film, I thought it was foreign - maybe British, Canadian, or Italian. None of the actors have been in a lot of movies that I am aware of, although Starr has been in a few other B grade vampire movies (none near this good). Surprisingly it used to be easy to find for rent. Since it never came out on DVD though, it is tougher to find now (apparently it was released on laser disk but the second half/side was badly engineered so it would have to be remastered before being transferred).

There was however an uncredited remake in 1993: To Sleep With a Vampire (directed by Adam Friedman) that is available on DVD (for real cheap). It features almost the exact same script including portions of word for word dialog. Besides the fact that it is not as well acted, the main differences are that the stripper has bigger breasts and that both of the main characters had a small following before they took the rolls. Watching that remake is like watching your favorite play performed at a local High School: it reminds you pleasantly of the better performances you have seen.

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