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
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
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!
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
- Studio: MGM (Video &
- DVD Released:27 August 2002
- Run Time: 103 minutes
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