Modern Vampires (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Romance  |  7 May 1999 (Spain)
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A borderline fascistic Dr. Van Helsing unwittingly hires crack smoking gang-bangers to pursue the decadent vampires who secretly control Hollywood and the United States.



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Count Dracula is in L.A., running a hideous club scene, and he's angry that a rogue vampire, posing as a streetwalker, is slashing. He's also unhappy that Dallas, a youthful undead and former protégé, is in town. The rogue slasher, Nico, serendipitously picks Dallas as a victim; after discovering each other's nature, they become lovers. In fear of the Count, Dallas's coterie urges him to kill Nico, but he refuses. Meanwhile, a Viennese vampire hunter, Van Helsing, arrives in L.A. and hires the Crips to help him. They're soon following Nico and Dallas. When they capture her, Dallas wants to deal: spare Nico and he'll lead the hunters to Dracula. It's time for stake and bake. Written by <>

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Comedy | Horror | Romance

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Rated R for vampire violence and gore, sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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7 May 1999 (Spain)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Modern Vampires is a darkly comic social satire, not a straight-ahead vampire movie. Due to the way film was marketed, some unsuspecting viewers, thinking they were going to see a straight-ahead vampire film, may not have gotten what they expected. See more »


At the end of the movie, when the gang is shooting the vampires at the nightclub, Time Bomb is shown shooting with two semiautomatic pistols, yet the slides were back, indicating that the guns were out of bullets. See more »


Nico: I never knew vampires could do sex.
Dallas: That's a myth. With a good commercial lubricant we could go for hours.
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References Siskel & Ebert (1986) See more »


Love Generation
By Marc Ferrari, Danny Gill and Keith St. John
Performed by Medicine Wheel
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)/Gill Tunes (ASCAP)
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Rod Steiger makes this movie good! Vampires that act like real people!
16 May 2001 | by (Oakland, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Rod Steiger is a great actor and he makes this movie good. The funniest scenes in the movie involve Steiger and the man he hires to help hunt vampires. Steiger puts everything into his role as Doctor Frederick Van Helsing the vampire slayer. His German accent is right on. Van Helsing takes out an ad in the paper to find an assistant. When a street thug applies for the job, the really funny stuff starts. Later when he needs more help he Van Helsing uses his thug assistant's street gang! How these two cultures play off of each other is the funniest part of the movie.

The vampires in this movie aren't looked upon like mindless brutes who just go around killing people. Well, they kill people but they have a "human" side to them as well. Casper Van Dien plays Dallas, a young WW2 veteran who was "turned" back in the 40s. For a vampire, Dallas is a pretty nice guy. His love interest is a young girl who was turned into a vampire when she was in her late teens or early twenties. She does something in this film that you never see a vampire do in a movie, go back and visit her family who thought she was long dead since she had been missing for years. The confrontation with her parents makes for a good scene and it is something fresh in a vampire movie.

The story moves along well and the ending has some interesting twists. There is a lot of gore in this film but it's not the worst I've seen. It's not as gory as say Saving Private Ryan. While sort of predictable there are some very surprising and funny things at the end of this movie. Rent this movie if you like camp and very funny humor.


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