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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.


Robert Bierman


Joseph Minion
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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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Magellan Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Peter Loew: Shouldn't the copy be in that file? It should, right?
Dr. Glaser: Yes.
Peter Loew: Yep, yep, yep, yep.
Dr. Glaser: Unless, of course, it's somehow been somehow misfiled.
Peter Loew: Misfiled?
Dr. Glaser: Yes, misfiled. Sometimes somebody puts a document in the wrong file and it's misfiled. It makes it much harder to find.
Peter Loew: Who? Who? Who do you mean, who? How could somebody MISFILE something? What could be easier? It's all alphabetical. You just PUT it IN the right file! According to ALPHABETICAL ORDER! You know - A, B, C, D, E, F, G!
Dr. Glaser: Peter...
Peter Loew: H, I, J, K,...
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By Igor Stravinsky
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A brilliant psychological study of a jilted lover.
30 October 2001 | by Shemke LemkeSee all my reviews

Okay, so Nicolas Cage eats a real cockroach. So the majority of the people who've seen this film don't understand the plotline. So black comedy is new to a late eighties audience. These points are minimal considering the great lengths to which the filmmakers go to to reveal the downfall of a hideous relationship between two people. A relationship gone so wrong that the male has to commit himself to therapy and conversely...murder.

Imagine a relationship wherein the woman was so soul sucking, so evil in her ways that you now feel as if she has sucked you dry - literally and figuratively - you are left as nothing but (in this case) a shell of a man - a walking corpse, yearning for the life's blood that she has stolen from you through your very own veins!

Cage gives the performance of his career and should have received an Oscar as the twisted, quintessential jilted lover who now desperately tries to recapture the joy of his most passionate and influential relationship by revisiting the empty, vampiretic bar hopping lifestyle where he found her - working his way through subsequent women, then just as unsatisfactorily moving his way through rape, suicidal tendencies and ultimately, murder.

It's tone is unforgiving alternating comedy and tragedy, confusing us as to whether he is really a vampire or just thinks he is. By flipping from his therapeutic sessions to his bitter and pathetic reality we see just how badly his male ego has taken rejection.

Here is a film where the simple plotline of a man being bitten by a vampire and believing he has become one becomes one where we see a man disintegrating before us, sliding into madness because he is forced to face his empty life.

His obsessive attention to detail, penchant for house bugs, absence of reflection in the mirror and avoidance of sunlight all match the prerequisites for vampirism, but his clumsy attempts at finding another woman and to fill the void that is left by a woman put so far onto a pedestal he cannot reach are overshadowed.

This is not a film for the feint of heart but for anyone who has ever been screwed over by a woman they have loved (or imagined they did) this is a welcome little cult revelation that makes them laugh and brood at the same time.

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