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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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Joseph Minion
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Peter Loew
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Alva Restrepo
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Kasi Lemmons ... Jackie
Robert Lujan Robert Lujan ... Emilio (as Bob Lujan)
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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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Seduction. Romance. Murder. The things one does for love.


Comedy | Horror


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English | German

Release Date:

23 June 1989 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Poljubac vampira See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Magellan Pictures See more »
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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 »


Getting partially dressed and leaving the apartment, after the first bat, he neglects to put on his socks. When they exit the building, he is clearly wearing two socks. Later in the office, he is again shown sans socks. See more »


Peter Loew: [to himself] Get outta here, you fucking pig! LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!
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Brilliant and Fascinating!
12 September 2006 | by laurelsloftSee all my reviews

I cannot believe how many people have ragged on this film! Then again, it is a work of art, and by definition will be appreciated by some and hated by some. The thing is, everyone keeps ranting on about how "confusing" it was and how it "jumped around too much" but I believe firmly that was very much intended. Cage's character was experiencing those exact feelings. He was on the brink of madness where absolutely nothing made sense, and in a typical "Hollywood" movie you'd sit back and be able to decipher the character's madness. You'd be able to "see" where he cracked and why and where he was going with it. In this one, you experience what the character experiences. You have no idea what the heck is going on, and I DIG that! I think this is truly a fantastic film. I've seen it countless times and it never fails to entertain.

A must see if you're into the dark comedy genre. There are so many little moves and bits of dialog that get overlooked the first couple of times - so if you enjoy it - see it again so you can pick up on the little things. I highly recommend the DVD with the commentary as it points these type of things out.

I'm not crazy about Cage, but this movie remains in my Top 5 of all time. I wish everyone could enjoy it as much as me.

"Then I'll be happy. Holy sh*t, then I'll be happy" - Peter Leow

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