Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation, Biker gangs, and worst of all, the staff of the bar, all of whom seem to be vampires, with Grace Jones playing the head vampire.Written by
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According to the DVD audio commentary, filming began on January 28, 1986, the day of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. See more »
When Grace Jones is killed by sunlight. Her skeleton arm raises up and gives the finger to her destroyer. Just as the finger goes up, you can see a crew member's hands holding the other end of the skeleton's arm in the shot. This is only noticeable on the UK Blu-Ray, as the Anchor Bay DVD is slightly cropped. See more »
Some might say that living in the past is not a good thing! But when I think about the movies that I remember fondly from my formative teenage years the Richard Wenk written/directed Vamp has remained a firm cult favourite of mine ever since then.
Just recently I thought I would dust off my Anchor Bay release and give a welcome return to old familiar territory after watching many a dud of late, and truth to tell the movie has not lost any of it's style and wit after all the years.
Granted the presence of Grace Jones is the main selling point of the movie, and from the original poster release, video release and the Anchor Bay release, her face is plastered all over them, I've never been a fan of the woman, I've never found attractive and her music has no appeal whatsoever.
For me the main stars of the movie are the protagonists of Keith & A.J. ably assisted by Duncan as they go on a nocturnal search for the perfect stripper, why you might ask? To gain access to their chosen frat house, they offer to garner the services of said stripper to entertain the frat boys and make it easier for them to gain admittance to the frat house of their choice.
Sounds like a simple task Right? If only! As our three heroes discover to their cost as their journey into hell more or less begins when they have a run in with Billy Drago and his cohorts, from there they head straight into the After Dark Club, and then the real horror begins.
Any horror fan worth their salt knows the story, so I wont tread over familiar ground but needless to say Messrs Makepeace(who looks like a young Mel Gibson) & Robert Rusler make a great double team, I could take or leave the Dedee Pfeiffer character and the presence of the late great Sandy Baron as the After Dark Club emcee really gives the movie a certain edge.
A truly great vampire movie, that has in abundance a great visual style, a seriously good soundtrack, the first song played in the After Dark Club when Candy(Sweet Sweet Candy) is dancing is still my favourite, plus Gedde Watanabe's line to the waitress when he asks her what time do she get off is still a classic.
Once bitten forever smitten that's how I feel about this 80's entry in the vampire genre.
My rating is an immortal 10/10
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