Vampire's Kiss (1989)
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Average Rating: 4.4/10
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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
Jun 2, 1989 Wide
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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.
What really makes this worth seeing is Cage's outrageously unbridled performance.
Bierman's striking first feature leaves one trembling between corrosive laughter, edgy terror, and a residual sadness at Loew's pitiful plight.
The film is dominated and destroyed by Mr. Cage's chaotic, self-indulgent performance.
What this movie needs isn't criticism, it's more like a stake through the heart.
You're not exactly sure if the material is meant to be funny or is laughable merely by default.
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.
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.
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.
A strange movie but a breakout role for Cage.
Kooky vampire flick gives us an already neurotic Nicolas Cage slowly turning into one of them after receiving a bite.
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.
Love that roach.
Audience Reviews for Vampire's Kiss
- Alva Restrepo: Are you alright, Mr. Loew?
- Peter Loew: Shut up, bitch!
- 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.
- Peter Loew: I'm a vampire. Kill me!
- Peter Loew: Well, the fact is I did murder someone last night. I turned into a vampire. It's a long story.
- Peter Loew: I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire!
- 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?!
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