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Vampire's Kiss

1989

Vampire's Kiss
 

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The Movie

A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, it begins to look as if some of the events he's experiencing may be hallucinations.

  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Ashley, Kasi Lemmons
  • Director: Robert Bierman

Review

Nicolas Cage excels at weird sligtly unreal characters, and this one is right up his street. However, a promising beginning leads to a disappointing finish.

It's a story of an arrogant young man who gets bitten by a vampire, and gradually loses all his human way of life, as he struggles, in vain, to come to terms with his new existence. A sub-plot, involving his bullying of an office junior, is used to illustrate his downfall in human terms.

But is he really turning into a vampire? Was it a mixture of drugs, neurosis and fantasy? Who knows?

The audience is kept in the dark, left to decide for ourselves. But the cards are stacked against us, as the plot disintegrates towards the end, with the writers struggling for closure in a tale that is spiralling out of control.

The final twenty minutes is crazy, and does not advance the plot at all; a shorter film, with a tidier - if still open - ending would have made this a really great movie. They were so close!

The DVD

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Released:27 August 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Director and Cage Commentary

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