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Vampire's Kiss (1989)

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33

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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53

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 8,619

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Vampire's Kiss follows the story of yuppie literary agent Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) as he descends into madness and vampirism. Loew believes he has been bitten by a vampire (Jennifer Beals) and is slowly becoming one himself, despite the contrary opinion of his therapist (Elizabeth Ashley). He then begins to wage a campaign of escalating terror against his secretary and first potential victim, Alva (Maria Conchita Alonso, looking appropriately baffled). Alva begs her parents to let her stay home

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Horror, Comedy

Joseph Minion

Aug 27, 2002

MGM

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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.

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

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: 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.

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

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: 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
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You're not exactly sure if the material is meant to be funny or is laughable merely by default.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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100-minute-long piece of performance art masquerading as a moody, silly indie switchblade. Rarely impresses, succumbing to overwhelmingly sluggish filmmaking decisions and a permissive attitude that robs the picture of its...well...bite.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

An odd blend of bitter comedy and genuine horror.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

What truly distinguishes the movie is Cage's performance, which is so off the wall that even if you don't like it you have to watch in awe.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For pure, undiluted Cage-osity, Vampire's Kiss is the film to beat.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Undeservedly dismissed by most critics, this original film, whether taken as a straight horror yarn or as a psycho-erotic nightmare, mixes elements of fable and satire in a startling manner.

October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A strange movie but a breakout role for Cage.

December 14, 2004
ComingSoon.net

Kooky vampire flick gives us an already neurotic Nicolas Cage slowly turning into one of them after receiving a bite.

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Simply a bad movie.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

This is a flick for which I had very fond memories from back in the day, but watching it again after all these years, I can't say that it was as great as I once remembered it.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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Love that roach.

July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Vampire's Kiss

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.
January 24, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I can see why this has become a cult classic, although there are about three dreadful scenes for every good one. It's not really about Vampires though, it's about mail paranoia. It's obvious no? It's much in the vein of other great 'Mail paranoia' films like Eraserhead and How to get ahead in advertising. The conclusion is pretty satisfying though, our protagonist buying fake vampire teeth instead of actually becoming a vampire is a work of black comedy genius. Nicolas Cage's performance is also pretty great, I think he went for half Christopher Lee, and two quarters Bela Lugosi and Max Schreck but it's the wide eyed Max Schreck look that is most memorable. He should of course take all credit for the manic end result. It's not a great film but it is hugely enjoyable.
December 17, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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?
November 12, 2013
Redlats

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July 24, 2013
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    1. Alva Restrepo: Are you alright, Mr. Loew?
    2. Peter Loew: Shut up, bitch!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (12 months ago)
    1. Peter Loew: Alva, there is no one else in this entire office that I could possibly ask to share such a horrible job. You're the lowest on the totem pole here, Alva. The lowest. Do you realize that? Every other secretary here has been here longer than you, Alva. Every one. And even if there was someone here who was here even one day longer than you, I still wouldn't ask that person to partake in such a miserable job as long as you were around. That's right, Alva. It's a horrible, horrible job; sifting through old contract after old contract. I couldn't think of a more horrible job if I wanted to. And you have to do it! You have to or I'll fire you. You understand? Do you? Good.
    – Submitted by Emelyn W (15 months ago)
    1. Peter Loew: I'm a vampire. Kill me!
    – Submitted by M G (19 months ago)
    1. Peter Loew: Well, the fact is I did murder someone last night. I turned into a vampire. It's a long story.
    – Submitted by Kyle M (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Loew: I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire!
    – Submitted by Steven P (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Loew: Put it in, the right file. According to alphabetical order. You know a b c d e f g , h i j k l m n o p, q r s t u v w x y z! Huh?!
    – Submitted by Steven P (2 years ago)
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