Vampire's Kiss (1989)

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Peter Loew, a sleazy NYC literary agent, prowls the bars in the evening looking for some action. One night he hooks up with Jennifer Beals, and in the course of their relations, she bites him on the neck. When he wakes up the next morning, Peter doesn't feel quite right. He is irritable, and has a hard time dealing with life at the literary agency, where his secretary takes the brunt of his ire. Suddenly, it dawns on Peter that he was bitten by a vampire, so he goes out and buys a set of real … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Minion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2002
Runtime:
MGM

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Cast


as Peter Loew

as Dr. Glaser

as Emilio

as Alva's Mother

as Sharon

as Donald

as Fantasy Cabbie

as Joke Girl

as Joke Guy

as Theater Guy

as Theater Girl

as Secretary in Ladies ...

as Victim Girl

as Sidney Langdon

as Editor #1

as Cursing Cabbie

as Fang Vendor

as Church Bystander

as Apache Dancer

as Apache Dancer

as Stunt Coordinator

as Stand In for Mr. Cag...

as Band Member

as Stunt Driver
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Critic Reviews for Vampire's Kiss

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Problem is that Cage's over-the-top performance generates little sympathy for the character, so it's tough to be interested in him as his personality disorder worsens.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
Variety
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What really makes this worth seeing is Cage's outrageously unbridled performance.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Bierman's striking first feature leaves one trembling between corrosive laughter, edgy terror, and a residual sadness at Loew's pitiful plight.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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The film is dominated and destroyed by Mr. Cage's chaotic, self-indulgent performance.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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What this movie needs isn't criticism, it's more like a stake through the heart.

June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

You're not exactly sure if the material is meant to be funny or is laughable merely by default.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Vampire's Kiss

At the witching hour in NYC, the opening title sequence for the fiendishly pell-mell, daft cult classic 'Vampire's Kiss' is drenched in atmospheric ghoulishness. When a bat flutters around his apartment, it's a toss-up as to who is frothing more rabidly: the winged beast or Cage as the womanizing literary agent. For the record, Cage's flights of bombastic, gangly grandeur don't really occur until the half-hour mark. Cage nails the snide Upper West Side accent and who else could sincerely deliver the line "I was in mortal combat with a fucking bat". It's only germane for the film's darkly humorous sensibilities that the tone is more sobering than broad like a sulfuric Bret Easton Ellis novel (much like Patrick Bateman, Cage is a white-collar professional in Paul Smith suits with homicidal delusions). Public outbursts are Cage's forte and this is practically an acting showcase for his tics and mannerisms but it doesn't diminish how eminently sensational he is. Rather than chewing the scenery, he literally obliterates in a scene where he completely vandalizes his own apartment and eats a live cockroach. Along with Cage's askew Method theatrics, we are regaled with a nubile Jennifer Beals in lingerie. On the downside, Cage's mistreatment of his secretary (Maria Conchita Alonso) is brazenly misogynistic to the point where a rape is ostensibly envisioned as a rib-tickling set piece (ex. When Cage confesses, his psychiatrist blithely remarks "It's just a little id release. No need to worry.").

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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Back when vampires had a certain deadly sex appeal, not overly romanticized like they are, vampire films were lots of fun and highly entertaining. Vampire's Kiss is another standout vampire feature from the 1980's. Starring Nicholas Cage, who is terrific in the lead performance of Peter Loew, a man who falls victim to a vampire. Cage delivers a powerful performance here, and it ranks among his finer, more underrated performances as well. The film has a great blend of horror mixed with hints of black humor to really make something unique. What we end up with is an overlooked vampire film that deserves to be rediscovered. While films like Fright Night, The Lost Boys and Near Dark get the credit as being the three best vampire flicks of the decade, Vampire's Kiss is also in the same category, although no one ever seems to mention this film. The film features several memorable scenes, especially the one where Cage is his office and losing his and threatening to fire his secretary, which inspired an internet meme. This film is a must watch for any genre fan, and viewers who are normally reluctant to watch a Nicholas Cage film due mainly to his recent body work, might be surprised at how good he is here. Every scene he's in, he just commands it, with a dark intensity and his performance alone should make anyone want to watch this film. The writing is brilliant, and in terms of vampire films, this one is straight forward, one that relies on the cold blooded nature of the bloodsucker lore, and making something truly remarkable in the process. As far as vampire films go, Vampire's Kiss is sure to satisfy genre fans, and it's a highly entertaining film that you can sink your teeth into.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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I read that Vampire's Kiss is now a cult film. I guess I'm not in the cult. Does it really matter if he is a vampire or not if it is a bad movie?

Redlats
Red Lats

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