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Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)



Critic Consensus: Neither scary nor very funny, this misguided effort never lives up to its premise.

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Maximillian is a Caribian vampire in search of his bride who is a half-vampire and at this time also a detective of the NYPD investigating the very murders that Max leaves behind. With all this talent, why are the results so bad?more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eddie Murphy, Vernon Lynch, Charles Q. Murphy, Michael Lucker, Chris Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2002


Eddie Murphy
as Maximillian
Allen Payne
as Justice
Zakes Mokae
as Dr. Zeko
Nick Corri
as Anthony
W. Earl Brown
as Thrasher
Ayo Adeyemi
as Bartender
Troy Curvey Jr.
as Choir Leader
William Blount
as Deacon Brown
Nick DeMauro
as Caprisi
Jerry Hall
as Woman in Park
Mark Haining
as Man in Park
Wendy Robie
as Zealot in Police Sta...
Larry Paul Marshall
as Greeter at Church
Vince Micelli
as Checker Player
Clive Ross
as Singer
Ray Combs
as Game Show Host
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Critic Reviews for Vampire in Brooklyn

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

Vampire in Brooklyn is neither funny nor frightening and comes up a tedious middle-road hybrid from veteran scaremeister Wes Craven, who directed.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Neither as good as it might be nor as bad as you might expect.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Murphy's pale efforts are enough to make one fondly recall Blacula. Now that was one sucker who knew how to make a film that didn't.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Doesn't live up to its promise or premise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

To call this a comedy is a sign of optimism; to call it a comeback for Murphy is a sign of blind faith.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Craven can't keep the comic elements in balance with the horror, and as a result there's no tension or dramatic pull.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vampire in Brooklyn

Wes Craven has made a career out of directing some of the finest horror films in the genre. However in 1995 he teamed up with Eddie Murphy, who by this time was on the road to mediocrity and they made this comedy horror flick. I love vampire films, and there are some of the best films in horror. They're classic horror monsters and they are sexy, cold blooded killers. This film unfortunately fails to be any good and it fails to be a good addition to the vampire genre. The script is lazy and the performances are shallow with nothing that really stands out. The film's comedic elements are poorly thought out, and the jokes fall flat and the film ends up being a tiring affair. The film is a mediocre affair that simply ends up being a waste of time. The film could have been great and it's a shame due to the fact there were some good ideas here, but they simply don't get off the ground. This is one of the weaker Craven films, and it simply doesn't entertain the way it's supposed to. The ideas are there, but the execution is poor, and the film misses the mark. Fright Night was a great vampire horror comedy, and it hit all the right note. However this one simply didn't deliver and it shows the early signs of Eddie Murphy's dwindleling talent and success. Don't expect a great film with Vampire in Brooklyn as you will be disappointed and you'll want something more out of a film that provides you with so little. Stick with The Lost Boys and Fright Night and skip this mediocre movie that should have been reworked a few times in the screenwriting phase.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Another film I haven't seen since release at the cinema, I enjoyed it upon first viewing back then but nowadays I'm not so sure. This film was pretty much Murphy's last flick before he began his lame kiddie flick career and gave up on adult action/humour which he has never seemed to recover from.

Director by Horror legend Wes Craven you would think this might have a chance at being good but unfortunately because Murphy tries to go down the 'Coming to America' route it fails. There's no way Murphy can recapture the golden days of 'Coming to America' and he tries way too hard in this, its not a terrible vampire film but its not exactly funny either which it tries to be too much.

Some nice makeup on Murphy, Hardison and Bassett can't really save the film with its obvious sets, poor casting and indecision as to wether it wants to be more amusing or more serious. I think its safe to say both Wes and Eddie tried for an 'American in Werewolf' approach but missed the mark by quite some distance but it still has one or two nice moments.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Has some funny moments.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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