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Modern Vampires (1998)

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A borderline fascistic Dr. Van Helsing unwittingly hires crack smoking gang-bangers to pursue the decadent vampires who secretly control Hollywood and the United States.

Director:

Richard Elfman

Writer:

Matthew Bright
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Dallas
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Nico
Rod Steiger ... Dr. Frederick Van Helsing
Kim Cattrall ... Ulrike
Natasha Lyonne ... Rachel
Craig Ferguson ... Richard
Udo Kier ... Vincent
Gabriel Casseus ... Time Bomb
Robert Pastorelli ... The Count
Natalya Andreychenko ... Panthia (as Natasha Andreichenko)
Boris Lee Krutonog ... Concierge (as Boris Krutonog)
Marco Hofschneider ... Hans (as Marco Hosschneider)
Stephen Porter Stephen Porter ... Harald
Ellia Thompson Ellia Thompson ... The Count's Girlfriend
Peter Lucas ... The Count's Henchman
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Storyline

Count Dracula is in L.A., running a hideous club scene, and he's angry that a rogue vampire, posing as a streetwalker, is slashing. He's also unhappy that Dallas, a youthful undead and former protégé, is in town. The rogue slasher, Nico, serendipitously picks Dallas as a victim; after discovering each other's nature, they become lovers. In fear of the Count, Dallas's coterie urges him to kill Nico, but he refuses. Meanwhile, a Viennese vampire hunter, Van Helsing, arrives in L.A. and hires the Crips to help him. They're soon following Nico and Dallas. When they capture her, Dallas wants to deal: spare Nico and he'll lead the hunters to Dracula. It's time for stake and bake. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taste the evil. Taste the fun. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence and gore, sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Revenant See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Director Richard Elfman's hands can be seen in close-up shots whenever a vampire gets staked. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when the gang is shooting the vampires at the nightclub, Time Bomb is shown shooting with two semiautomatic pistols, yet the slides were back, indicating that the guns were out of bullets. See more »

Quotes

Nico: I never knew vampires could do sex.
Dallas: That's a myth. With a good commercial lubricant we could go for hours.
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Connections

References Blacula (1972) See more »

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Come On
Written by Barbara L. Jordan and Christopher Rhyne
By William Peterkin
Published by Mar-Tune Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mar-Tune Records
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Rod And The Boys From The Hood
3 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Other than Rod Steiger doing this tongue in cheek imitation of Laurence Olivier's Mitteleuropa accent and having a ball as a modern Dr. Van Helsing, this rather witless comedy might go over with the juvenile trade, but not too many others. It certainly does make vampires out to be such fun creatures.

Natasha Gregson Wagner and Casper Van Dien are a couple of modern vampires who are tired of the rule of that most notorious vampire of them all, Count Dracula as played by Robert Pastorelli. But all of them have to worry that that famous vampire slaughterer Van Helsing who's on the prowl with some new kind of help, a few boys from the hood.

Except when Steiger was on the screen I didn't get too many laughs out of this film though. Maybe it's because my taste in music just doesn't run to rap which blares at intervals during the movie.

There is one other good scene I did like. Kim Catrall pulling a freight train with the Van Helsing helpers and turning them all into vampires. It's the inevitable result of sex with one.

For the juvenile trade strictly.


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