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Vampire's Kiss (1988)

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After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.

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Robert Bierman

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Joseph Minion
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Peter Loew
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Alva Restrepo
Jennifer Beals ... Rachel
Elizabeth Ashley ... Dr. Glaser
Kasi Lemmons ... Jackie
Robert Lujan Robert Lujan ... Emilio (as Bob Lujan)
Jessica Lundy ... Sharon
Johnny Walker Johnny Walker ... Donald (as John Walker)
Boris Lyoskin ... Fantasy Cabbie (as Boris Leskin)
Michael Knowles ... Andrew
John Michael Higgins ... Ed
Jodie Markell ... Joke Girl
Marc Coppola ... Joke Guy
David Hyde Pierce ... Theater Guy (as David Pierce)
Amy Stiller ... Theater Girl
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Storyline

A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a woman and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his delusions. The woman continues to visit and as his madness deepens, it begins to look as if some of the events he's experiencing may be hallucinations. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Seduction. Romance. Murder. The things one does for love.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 June 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Poljubac vampira See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,699, 4 June 1989

Gross USA:

$725,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$725,131
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Production Co:

Magellan Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The quotation that Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) said was from William Wordsworth. It was: "We walked along, while bright and red. Uprose the morning sun". See more »

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During the sex scenes between Rachel and Peter in Peter's bed, they are both wearing exactly the same clothes (underwear), indicating that both scenes were filmed at the same time. See more »

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Peter Loew: Alva, there is no one else in this entire office that I could possibly ask to share such a horrible job. You're the lowest on the totem pole here, Alva. The lowest. Do you realize that? Every other secretary here has been here longer than you, Alva. Every one. And even if there was someone here who was here even one day longer than you, I still wouldn't ask that person to partake in such a miserable job as long as you were around. That's right, Alva. It's a horrible, horrible job; sifting ...
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Certainly a Unique Creature.
29 September 2014 | by theblackscytheSee all my reviews

There has never quite been a film like Vampire's Kiss, and there has not even been an imitator since. It is an absurd, hilarious semi- spoof of all things horror, whilst also being a surreal and powerful delve into the damaged psych of horrid human being. I honestly feel I need to break this down in pieces.

The elephant in the room is Nick Cage. His performance is excellent, but takes getting used to. He is hilariously over the top, moving like Max Schrek on Caffine pills. He talks in a petulant and whiny 'vaguely British' voice, also leading to some really goofy line readings. However despite this camp factor, there is depth here. Cage is also believable here, he stays perfectly true to the character throughout and forms a unique identity that can only be found here. It reminds me of Christian Bale in 'American Psycho', which is fitting as Bale based his performance off this film. One aspect I will bring up often here is thee film's re-watch value, suffice to say that Cage's performance changes and shifts upon numerous viewings.

Next is the direction. It showcases some great shots of New York, almost making it feel alive. The cinematography highlights the striking architecture and uneven lighting of the city, almost showing it to be a real life translation of classic horror settings. However it also shows the clinical detachment of such a large city, and the Yuppie culture that has grown from it. The other performances match this films dual nature also, taking classic horror roles at times, and being typical Yuppie's at others.

Night and Day, Gothic and Modern, Deep and Funny, Dark and Light. This film performs an entirely unique juggling act that has never been matched since. Both a homage to classic horror tales, and a deconstruction of the 80's Yuppie lifestyle.


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