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Modern Vampires -- A young vampire rebels against his mentor Count Dracula in the modern day.


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Directed by
Richard Elfman 
Writing credits
Matthew Bright (written by)

Produced by
Lawrence Abramson .... co-executive producer (as Larry Abramson)
Don Daniel .... line producer (as Don Daniels)
Richard Elfman .... co-producer
Gwen Field .... line producer (as Gwen Fields)
Jordan Gertner .... co-executive producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
H. Michael Heuser .... executive producer
Casper Van Dien .... co-executive producer
Brad Wyman .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Wandmacher 
Cinematography by
Robin Brown 
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Robyn Costa 
Art Direction by
Peter Kanter 
Stacie B. London 
Set Decoration by
Charlotte Gimfalk  (as Charlotte Gimfolk)
A. Lombardo 
Costume Design by
Magda Berliner 
Eduardo Lucero 
Makeup Department
Andre Blaise .... hair stylist
Brad Boles .... key makeup artist
Dolores Hernández .... assistant makeup artist
Roy Knyrim .... makeup effects supervisor
Roy Knyrim .... special makeup effects artist
Jerry Macaluso .... makeup effects supervisor
Jerry Macaluso .... special makeup effects artist
Roger Nall .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Natalie Samanon .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tia Ardran .... second assistant director
Wendy Palmer .... second second assistant director
John Richardson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dan Burton .... storyboard artist
David Dollueh .... swing
Greg Gootsan .... leadman
Rula Kaliroi .... lead scenic
Joe Laswell .... set dresser
Francesco Lombardo .... property master
Peter Lucas .... art director: 'b' second unit
Seth Maltz .... set dresser
Enrique Martínez Celaya .... production design consultant (as Enirque Martinez Celaya)
Adrianne Navarro .... assistant property master
James Navarro .... assistant property master
Stuart Rankine .... leadman
Sound Department
Robert Backus .... boom operator
Jeff Blehr .... sound boom: 'b' second unit
Smith Craig .... pre-dub mixer
William G. Flick .... sound: 'a' second unit (as Billy Flick)
Charles Kelly .... production sound mixer (as Charlie Kelley)
Steve Klinghoffer .... boom operator: 'a' second unit (as Kelsey Steve Klinghoffer)
Michael Kreple .... adr recordist
Greg Louden .... foley artist
Jim Manson .... sound: 'a' second unit
Paul Marshall .... sound mixer: 'b' second unit
Greg Mauer .... foley artist
Bruce Murphy .... dialog & adr editor
Larry Owens .... sound effects editor
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Ken Poteat .... sound effects editor
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... sound supervisor
Andrew Samson .... sound designer
Jeff Sawyer .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Antonio Torres .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rick Baker .... special effects consultant
Greg Betters .... special effects crew: Sota F/X
Mike Delrossa .... special effects crew: Sota F/X (as Mike Del Rossa)
George Deveau .... special effects foreman
Stella Knyrim .... special effects crew: Sota F/X
Eli Livingston .... special effects crew: Sota F/X
Scott Metzger .... special effects crew: Sota F/X
Dominique Persi .... special effects crew: Sota F/X
G. Bruno Stempel .... special effects coordinator (as Bruno Stemple)
Mark Villalobos .... special effects crew: Sota F/X
Dan Winthrop .... photographic effects
Visual Effects by
Roy Knyrim .... visual effects
Jerry Macaluso .... visual effects
Roger Nall .... visual effects
Brett A. Jones .... stunt coordinator (as Brett Jones)
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts
Garrett Warren .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Abrams .... production coordinator: "a" camera, second unit
Jason Andrew .... grip
Anthony Beasly .... best boy grip: "b" camera, second unit
Christopher Bernal .... gaffer: "b" camera, second unit (as Chris Bernal)
Leslie Bourque .... camera production assistant: "b" camera, second unit
Glen Brown .... first assistant camera: "b" second unit
Maria Demopoulas .... production manager: "b" camera, second unit (as Maria Demopoulis)
Louis Elfman .... camera production assistant: "b" camera, second unit
Wayne D. Goldwyn .... time-lapse photographer (as Wayne Goldwyn)
Matthew G. Gordy .... rigging key grip (as Matt Gordy)
Germaine A. Gray .... electrician (as Germaine Gray)
Christian Greenia .... camera production assistant: "b" camera, second unit
Celia Hallquist .... production manager: "a" camera, second unit (as Celia Halquist)
Cheddy D. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" second unit (as Chedy Hart)
Steven L. Henry .... dolly grip (as Reno Henery)
Richard Kuhn .... key grip
Aaron Landman .... camera loader: "b" camera, second unit
Sheri Lane .... still photographer
Starrs McBurney .... second assistant camera
Vladimir Melnik .... best boy electric: "b" camera, second unit (as Vladimir Melnick)
Denis Moran .... electrician: "b" camera, second unit (as Dennis Moran)
Ngoli Vukani Nyirenda .... best boy electric (as Ngoli Nyirenda)
Rico Priem .... key grip: "b" second unit crew
Josh Richmond .... camera production assistant: "b" camera, second unit
John Ridenour .... best boy grip
Felix Rivera .... gaffer
Michael Otis Ropert .... first assistant camera: "a" second unit (as Otis Ropert)
Freddie Saba .... electrician
Sebastian .... rigging grip
Jenne L. Sell .... craft service: "a" camera, second unit (as Jenne Sell)
Peter Shultz .... electrician (as Peter Schultz)
David Sircami .... grip
Kenny K. Tong .... first assistant camera (as Kenny Tong)
Hal Trussell .... director of photography: "a" camera, second unit
Hal Trussell .... producer: "a" camera, second unit
Vance Trussell .... gaffer: "a" camera, second unit
Tom Vicks .... camera production assistant: "a" camera, second unit
Onni Vosdoganes .... production coordinator: "b" camera, second unit (as A. Onni Vosdoganes)
Jon Weiner .... electrician (as John Weiner)
Wendell Wethington .... first assistant director: "a" camera, second unit
Howard Wexler .... director of photography: "b" camera, second unit
Noel Wyatt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Casting Department
Carrie Campbell .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Blythe Linder .... on-set costumer (as Amanda Linder)
Kathleen Mussehl .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Erik C. Andersen .... assistant editor
Kerri Aungle .... negative cutter
Lori Ball .... assistant editor
Tony Beehag .... negative cutter (as Anthony Beehag)
Richard Boehm .... assistant editor
Marilyn Sommer .... negative cutter
Jim Williams .... color timer
Music Department
Wade Clark .... orchestrator
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme music
Gerry Gershman .... music supervisor
Marc Mann .... music co-producer: theme music
Brian Marshall .... music coordinator
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Michael Wandmacher .... music editor
Michael Wandmacher .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Dutch Merrick .... driver: camera truck (as Steve Merrick)
Robert Mesal .... driver: prop truck
Carlos M. Serrano .... transportation captain (as Carlos Serrano)
Lon Sowders .... driver: stakebed
Marc Weichel .... driver: Mr. Steiger
Jay Wylie .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Amy Agzarian .... assistant accountant
Tamra Barcinas .... production coordinator
Timothy Batts .... office production assistant
Julie Brunner .... film and video scheduler
Steven Chen .... office production assistant
Colin Clark .... office production assistant
Jean Costello .... production coordinator
Sean Cottrell .... set production assistant (as Sean Cottrel)
Stephen P. Del Prete .... set production assistant (as Steve Del Prete)
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
Vanessa Downing .... administrator: Storm Entertainment
Dawn C. Dreiling .... script supervisor
David Elliot .... assistant: Richard Elfman
Billy Griffith .... assistant production design consultant
Fred Grossman .... production accountant
Jaime E. Jiménez .... unit publicist
Barbara Johnson .... set medic
Lonnie Johnson .... set medic
Ed Labowitz .... legal services: Storm Entertainment (as Edward S. Labowitz - Esq.)
Christian Lamb .... additonal camera assistant
Helen K. Lee .... administrator: Storm Entertainment
Francesca Lombardo .... craft service
Francesco Lombardo .... weapon specialist
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor: additional photography and second unit
Jerry Night .... fueler
Shaun O'Banion .... set production assistant
Kristen Payne .... set production assistant
Andrew Pearson .... assistant production coordinator
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... production executive: Muse (as Timothy Peternel)
Morgan H. Rector .... production financing (as Morgan Rector)
Deandre 'Silky' Russell .... set production assistant
Jon Shiffman .... production financing
Kenneth R. Turner .... administrator: Storm Entertainment
Jared Underwood .... production financing
Kyle Valentic .... location manager (as Kyle Valentie)
Truman Van Dyke .... production insurance
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg .... location manager (as Lynn van Kuilenburg)
Kristen Watson .... assistant: H. Michael Heuser (as Kristen L. Watson)
Meilani Wenska .... graphic artist: titles
Leah Wiederhorn .... office production assistant
Kent Hayward .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Cass McClure .... fx body double: Udo Kier (uncredited)
Joel Baral .... very special thanks
Judy Berger .... thanks
Carolyn Blaine .... very special thanks
Steven Corn .... thanks (as Steve Corn)
Jennifer Cyr .... very special thanks
Georgeanne Deane .... very special thanks
Albert T. Dickerson III .... very special thanks (as Al Dickerson)
Clare Elfman .... very special thanks
Marie-Pascale Elfman .... very special thanks (as Marie Elfman)
Milton Elfman .... very special thanks
Laura Engel .... very special thanks
Sean Fernald .... thanks
Marc Ferrari .... thanks
Adeline Ferretti .... thanks
Jay Firestone .... very special thanks
Jill Franklin .... very special thanks
Ole Georg .... thanks
Emmanuel Itier .... very special thanks
Lynnette Jenkins .... thanks
Barbara Jordan .... thanks
Patricia Joseph .... thanks
Aime Josephs .... thanks
Gemma Kahng .... very special thanks
Curt Kendall .... thanks
David Krintzman .... very special thanks (as David Krintzman Esq.)
Ern Llamado .... thanks
Maureen Mahon .... very special thanks
Tami Maras .... very special thanks
Gold Marshak Liedtke .... very special thanks
Darryl Marshak .... very special thanks
Meredith Marshall .... thanks
Stefanie Naifeh .... thanks
Jennifer Nash .... thanks
Massimo Nouhra .... very special thanks
Joseph Petrillo .... very special thanks (as Joseph Petrillo Esq.)
Evan Pinchuk .... thanks
Jennifer Pyken .... thanks
Dave Rock .... very special thanks
Phillip L. Rosen .... very special thanks (as Phillip Rosen Esq.)
Tom Rowland .... thanks
Steven Savitsky .... very special thanks (as Steve Savitsky)
Daniel Schweiger .... thanks (as Daniel Schwieger)
Jon Shiffman .... very special thanks
Sophie Sitbon .... very special thanks
Walter Steiger .... very special thanks
Linda Stewart .... very special thanks
Jacqueline Sussman .... thanks
Chris Tyng .... thanks
Scott Weiss .... thanks
Marty Wereski .... thanks
Robert Wyman .... very special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Vamps" - Philippines (English title) (theatrical title)
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Rated R for vampire violence and gore, sexuality, language and some drug use
91 min
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A film for vampire fans and misc. collectors, 29 August 2004
Author: groucho3710 from Detroit area

Modern Vampires is the tale of a crew of ghastlies enjoying the night life of L.A. in relative obscurity until someone goes on a killing rampage which brings them to the attention of the local police, as well as the local don, Count Dracula, who likes discretion so much that he even has a special cleaning service for messy vampires. That tells you something about how seriously this movie takes itself. Who's doing the killing, why, and what to do about her (yes, her) is the basis of the plot. A parallel plot involves Dr. Van Helsing on another of his famous vampire hunts, so the predatory vampiress is triply threatened.

This is not an easy film to characterize. It's about vampires, yes, but they're not so much scary in the traditional sense of Lugosi and Lee as they are just kind of creepy and weird, and as disgusting as they are terrifying. They turn their victims into human sodas to be drunk in underground nightclubs They transform into gargoyle like creatures that seem to have more in common with modern sfx-driven horror movies than the original vampire legend. And for God's sake don't ever make love to one of them. That too has taken on new and dire consequences.

The film also explores the notion of degrees of vampiric evil (no surprise to any Buffy fan). Casper Van Dien's character Dallas has made two vampires to save them from unhappy fates, so humans are obviously something more than just food to him. These vampires have all kinds of family arrangements, from mafia like to almost normal human variety. There is even one who is eternally pregnant, a bizarre state of affairs surpassing even Ann Rice's child vampire Claudia, whose role, to some extent, is played by the (s)punky young vampire portrayed by Natasha Wagner. Although physically mature, she is an emotional child who gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'instant gratification.' And Van Helsing himself, a reputed Nazi collaborator, may not be a paragon of virtue. So nothing is quite black and white in the undead underworld of Los Angeles.

If you simply have to see every vampire movie ever made, you must see this as well. If you're a fan of Casper Van Dien or Rod Steiger, they're protagonist and nemesis, and you shouldn't miss the chase. Van Dien manages to look good even in fangs, which these particular bloodsuckers sport 24/7 and have to talk around as well as sometimes explain to the curious. If you're fascinated by show business dynasties, catch it for Natasha Gregson Wagner, who is at times eerily reminiscent of her mother Natalie Wood. Just be warned-everything in this movie is a bit overdone. The comedy becomes slapstick, some scenes are more disgusting than truly horrible, and the sex is approached as either grotesque or tongue-in-cheek, or occasionally fang in neck. They even throw in a bit of Lesbian activity, but the most interesting scenes involve Van Dien and Wagner-as visually arresting a couple as you'll ever find anywhere-who, before the movie ends, have managed to swap almost every bodily fluid imaginable.

MV can't decide if it's horror, comedy, romance or satire, and so mostly falls short of being really satisfying in any category, but it delivers some characters who can be fun to watch, notably Van Dien and Wagner as the young (in vampire terms) lovers fleeing the old vampire patriarch whose will they have defied. Rod Steiger looks and acts like a cross between Uncle Fester and the decrepit Van Helsing portrayed by Olivier in Dracula 79. And sometimes you just have to laugh at the homeboys who receive The Dark Gift like it was an STD, almost a satiric comment on AIDS stood on its head: this infection lets you live forever, if you don't mind being a homicidal maniac for the rest of your unnatural life.

To enjoy MV, you just have to turn off your critical faculties, pass the beer and pizza, and take it for what it is.

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