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Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 26

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

Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 10

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


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 51,165



Movie Info

Comedian Eddie Murphy tried something different with this 1995 film that he produced and co-wrote, enlisting veteran horror director Wes Craven to give the story some chills. The uneven comedy-horror tale features Murphy as a vampire named Maximillian who arrives in Brooklyn on a ship full of people who have been brutally murdered. One of the corpses on board closely resembles that of Rita (Angela Bassett), one of the detectives assigned to the case. Maximillian targets Rita, hoping to get a … More

Horror , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Eddie Murphy , Vernon Lynch , Charles Q. Murphy , Michael Lucker , Chris Parker
In Theaters:
Jan 29, 2002


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Critic Reviews for Vampire in Brooklyn

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (26) | DVD (6)

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

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

They're no match, though, for the crushing disappointment of having to watch Murphy on the comic sidelines. It's like going to a Barbra Streisand concert and being asked to listen with her while the rhythm section sings.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Doesn't live up to its promise or premise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Never funny enough to pass muster as a comedy and never scary enough (if at all) to make it as a horror movie.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005

Given the talent involved, it's almost impressive how much of a misfire the film is.

December 11, 2003
New Times

Oh, Wes, what did we all do to deserve this?

February 12, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Is it comedy? Is it horror? Uneven film that never lives up to its potential as either.

February 6, 2003
Your Movies (

Essentially little more than a romantic triangle with a 'good versus evil' twist, it's not a bad film, but it is also neither winningly funny enough to exploit Murphy's talents nor bitingly scary enough to exploit Craven's.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

The horror relies on special effects so obvious that the scares are compromised.

Full Review… | May 14, 2002
Apollo Guide

The bottom line is that Vampire in Brooklyn is funny and gross, but saddled with a pedestrian storyline that denies any real magic in its premise and sinks its potential as a dark fantasy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Lightweight fun.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Kadeem Hardison is the best thing about this film, playing Maximillian's slowly rotting ghoul henchman. However; one has to wonder about a film where Eddie Murphy needs comic relief.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Neither all that scary nor all that hilarious, Vampire in Brooklyn falls directly between the two, into the valley of mediocrity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Murphy's performance is pretty good most of the way, but he needed a stronger director than horrormeister Wes Craven to keep him in check.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A big, glossy and mostly puerile project bound to please Murphy's fans.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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


Maybe I'm the only one, but I was impressed with this vampire flick and with Eddie Murphy as a vampire.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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