Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood (1996)



Critic Consensus: Bordello of Blood is not as scary or funny as it thinks it is (or should've been), and all of Dennis Miller's lines sound like castoffs from his stand-up material.

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In this satirical horror-comedy, a gumshoe investigates a combination TV ministry/whorehouse/vampire infestation. After bounty hunter Vincent (Phil Fondacaro) unearths the remains of Lilith, queen of the vampires, he restores the alluring creature to life and lords over her using a magical talisman. Later, rowdy youngster Caleb Verdoux (Corey Feldman) convinces one of his dim-witted buddies to accompany him to a combination mortuary/house of ill repute where both young men fall prey to Lilith's charms. Rather than merely drinking her victims' blood, this vampire has a tendency to rip out their hearts with her projectile tongue. Caleb's sister, Katherine (Erika Eleniak), who works for a large televangelism operation run by the shady Reverend Current (Chris Sarandon), hires private dick Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller) to track down the errant Caleb. Rafe's wise-guy antics soon get him in trouble with Lilith and the law, but not before he uncovers the ties between Lilith's organization and Current's ministry; it seems Vincent, and therefore Lilith, are working for the reverend. Soon, Rafe finds himself in the boudoir of Lilith's bordello, armed with a holy-water squirt gun and fighting to save Erika from the glamorous but deadly vampire. Like Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight, the previous film spin-off from HBO's EC Comics-inspired Tales From the Crypt series, Bordello of Blood features interludes hosted by the puppet skeleton known as the Crypt Keeper (voice of John Kassir). Director Gilbert Adler, who previously helmed Demon Knight, would go on to produce 13 Ghosts and The House on Haunted Hill. Whoopi Goldberg makes an uncredited cameo as a hospital patient.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis, Gilbert Adler, A.L. Katz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Universal Studios


Dennis Miller
as Rafe Guttman
Erika Eleniak
as Katherine Verdoux
Chris Sarandon
as Rev. Current
Corey Feldman
as Caleb Verdoux
Aubrey Morris
as McCutcheon
Phil Fondacaro
as Vincent Prather
Juliet Reagh
as Tallulah
John Kassir
as voice of The Cryptke...
Eli Gabay
as Miguel
Matt Hill
as Reggie
Ravinder Toor
as Bartender
Robert Rozen
as Rabbi Goldman
Jen Jasey
as Woman
Sibel Thrasher
as Gospel Singer
Tom Pickett
as Gospel Singer
Topaz Hasfal-Schou
as Gospel Singer
Lovie Eli
as Gospel Singer
Korrine St. Onge
as Bordello Vampire
Claire Marie Harvey
as Bordello Vampire
Lyne Hachey
as Bordello Vampire
Sheena Galloway
as Bordello Vampire
Kikka Ferguson
as Bordello Vampire
Melody Tinesa Cherpa...
as Bordello Vampire
Sheila Mills
as Bride of Frankenstei...
Gloria Roy
as Waitress
Whoopi Goldberg
as uncredited
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Critic Reviews for Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

Adolescent boys might groove to the mix, but most other ticketbuyers will avoid this tawdry opus like the plague.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Top Critic

Triple the length of its cable television inspiration, Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood is triple the gore, triple the naked women, but not, alas, triple the fun.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

What it lacks in irony and suspense, Gilbert Adler's Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood makes up for in whimsy and cheeky self-assurance.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Vampires aren't the only things in Bordello of Blood that can't stand up to daylight. Neither can the plot.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

... a macabre, jokey affair that could give Buffy the Vampire Slayer a run for its money as the silliest undead story of the decade.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This sickeningly puerile mess will be attractive only to teen boys who aren't too picky about special effects or scripts.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood


Fletch in From Dusk Til Dawn, the deadpan comedian Dennis Miller mugs and chuckles his way through Bordello of Blood, the second theatrical feature from the Tales from the Crypt namesake. To be fair, it's sadistically funny, liberally heart-soaked and unapologetically fun. After a mock-epic Raiders of the Lost Ark cliffhanger opening, the pun-filled Cryptkeeper introduces us to tonight's "tawdry tale". Miller might not be a convincing Sam Spade detective but the Weekend Update anchor is self-aware of the dregs he is in and openly lampoons it from within with his ad-libs ("You're looking pretty cool, man. You must know Mickey Rourke."). My favorite interaction is when Rafe (Miller) is interrogating some barflies about a missing person and he is criticizing their billiards skills. Even funnier is William Sadler's pre-credits cameo as a mummified British director who is pitching the film to the disingenuous Cryptkeeper. The wraparound segment is Sadler's Russian Roulette of body appendages with him. Surprisingly, Angie Everhart is lusciously unbridled as Lillith, the matriarch of the vampires. In gowns and flawless makeup, she is a bombshell with fangs. From bloodsucker flicks of yore, Corey Feldman and Chris Sarandon align themselves inside this decadent treat. More naked flesh than a Russ Meyers film, the brothel is a recreation hall of carnal visions. The prosthetic work is also cutting-edge with Gene Simmons tongues, blood-bladder explosions and feral transformations. It's a shame that the Tales from the Crypt brand deteriorated shortly after this release because their alchemy of horror, religious parody (Sarandon's teleprompter-assisted evangelist) and yuk-yuks was choice. In the age of 90's nostalgia, maybe it will be revitalized as well.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

Another tongue in cheek blood 'n' guts rampage this time including lots of tits 'n' ass too...so its pretty darn good then. An unoriginal vampire tale this time, set in a brothel with lots of ladies eating biker types much like 'From Dusk Till Dawn' or 'Vamp' but nowhere near as good.

Plot is pretty standard but like the previous Crypt flick is does have a wonderful array of makeup and prosthetic effects all over the show with blood squirting and fangs flying, nothing you haven't seen before but it looks good. Casting is drab but does include 80's horror comedy star Sarandon and 80's teen star Feldman both of which raise the film slightly, Angie Everhart looks delicious as 'Lilith'.

You know what your gonna get with this franchise so your either gonna love it or hate it. Personally I view these films as a great opportunity to see fantastic examples of hands-on horror makeup effects, normally without much CGI, plus they are always good fun on a no-brainer level.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A mediocre horror comedy with bad acting, Bordello of Blood is a lacking vampire yarn that has a good idea ruined with a terrible cast. This is a pointless attempt at a horror comedy, and the result is a mediocre film that is not memorable whatsoever. The film has really no meaning, and as a vampire film it fails. This film proves yet again that Dennis Miller plainly sucks. The film tries to be something entertaining, and sometimes it does work, but we see that the cast and filmmakers are trying to make something that really doesn't work well. The film is a poor attempt at a vampire tale, and it's quite forgettable. I really didn't enjoy this film, and I can name many other vampire films that are better than this one. Bordello of Blood is a forgettable horror comedy that is poorly crafted with minimal to no scares, and relies more on the gore factor to create horror. As far as vampire films are concerned, Bordello of Blood belongs in the same category as Twilight and all, the other failed vampire films. I lost interest in this film, and I thought it was a pretty lame film with no redeeming factors. Dennis Miller is terrible, and I don't even know why they asked him to be in this, I guess it was to make it entertaining. Well, this film is quite frankly a missed opportunity at being an entertaining vampire film. Boring, uninspired and bad, Bordello of Blood won't appeal to die hard vampire film fans. I was very disappointed with this one. Considering the casting of Chris Sarandon from Fright Night, I was expecting something great, instead it was a boring film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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