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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 »

Director:

Katt Shea

Writers:

Andy Ruben, Katt Shea (as Katt Shea Ruben)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Starr Andreeff Starr Andreeff ... Jodi Hurtz
Cyril O'Reilly ... The Vampire
Debbie Nassar Debbie Nassar ... La Donna
Maria Ford ... Teacher
Athena Worthy Athena Worthy ... Ray Gun Girl
Tom Ruben Tom Ruben ... Cabby
Chuck Rhee Chuck Rhee ... Daniel
J Bartell J Bartell ... Driver (as J. Bartell)
Paisley Yankolovich Paisley Yankolovich ... Skinhead (as Paisley)
Eric Coplin Eric Coplin ... Punk
Dov Rudnick Dov Rudnick ... Paperboy
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dança Macabra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Jodi Hurtz: What are you?
The Vampire: You know.
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Connections

Remade as To Sleep with a Vampire (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

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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OUTSTANDING low budget Vampire film!
19 October 1998 | by DoomSee all my reviews

Dance Of The Damned is one of those rare films that comes along once in a GREAT while. Filmed on an EXTREMELY low budget with a VERY small cast, it manages to succeed where other movies (with 10 times the star power and 50 times the budget) have failed miserably.

A man sits in a low-grade strip club and takes notice of one of the women on stage. He senses her mood is dark and later overhears a phone conversation where she pleads (in vain) with her ex-husband to allow her to see her child. He meets her outside and, after a brief introduction (she first mistakes him as someone out to attack her), convinces her to tell him more about herself. Most of his questions concern, strangely enough, the sun and daylight in general (he asks her what it feels like on her face, how the warmth is, etc.).

It's not until later during their conversation that she realizes he is a vampire. The film does an incredible job (via a great script and subtle but strong performances from the two leads) of dealing with issues surrounding anger, fear and love, and eventually leads to a final, sad, dramatic conclusion.

It would appear this film was released directly to video, and it may be difficult to find these days, even as a rental. But if you manage to locate it out there somewhere, I highly recommended spending an hour and a half of your time taking it in - You won't be disappointed.

-FTM


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