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Vamp
     

Vamp

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Director: Richard Wenk, Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler

Cast: Richard Wenk, Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler

 

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Predating the 1990s cycle of vampire-stripper films (From Dusk Till Dawn, Bordello of Blood, etc.) this cynical entry from director Richard Wenk concerns frat boys looking for a go-go girl to perform at their upcoming party. Wandering to the wrong side of town, the randy youths enter a seedy strip joint populated by

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Predating the 1990s cycle of vampire-stripper films (From Dusk Till Dawn, Bordello of Blood, etc.) this cynical entry from director Richard Wenk concerns frat boys looking for a go-go girl to perform at their upcoming party. Wandering to the wrong side of town, the randy youths enter a seedy strip joint populated by vampires. Grace Jones is the nasty ringleader, Katrina, who acknowledges the film's debt to Hammer's Vampire Circus by performing an erotic dance painted in zebra-stripes. Among the heroes, co-star Robert Rusler is far more interesting than the bland lead (Chris Makepeace), while Gedde Watanabe manages to be both unfunny and offensive by turning in the most ridiculously stereotyped Asian performance since John Wayne assayed Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. This is the least of the comedic vampire films that came out in the mid-'80s, and although Billy Drago is menacing as the evil Snow and Greg Cannom's special effects are striking, Vamp remains unfunny and not frightening in the least. Famed female bodybuilder Lisa Lyon appears as a stripper named Cinnamon, and Dedee Pfeiffer, Hy Pyke, and Simmy Bow are among the recognizable supporting cast.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The mid-'80s gave birth to a string of horror comedies, most of them junk, but this unique entry manages to rise above the pack in a number of ways. First off, Vamp boasts a tight script by director Richard Wenk that gets the blend of comedy and horror just right, allowing the two moods to switch off with each other in ways that cleverly toy with the audience's expectations. Wenk also directs the film with a sure hand, giving it a crisp, colorful look and working in some unusual set pieces between the expected horrific and comedic moments (like a fight scene set to the tune of "Volare"). Best of all, the film boasts a game cast that brings the story's many colorfully drawn characters to life. Chris Makepeace makes an engaging "unlikely hero" type, Gedde Watanabe provides some skillfully timed comic relief, and Billy Drago and Grace Jones invest some genuine menace into their villain characters. All in all, Vamp is the rare horror comedy that doesn't insult a horror fan's sensibilities, and is likely to interest those who don't normally go for anything horror-related.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
UPC:
0014381732023
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
25,852

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Makepeace Keith
Sandy Baron Vic
Robert Rusler A.J.
DeDee Pfeiffer Amaretto
Gedde Watanabe Duncan
Grace Jones Katrina
Billy Drago Snow
Brad Logan Vlad
Lisa Lyon Cimmaron
Adam Barth Actor
Mitch Carter Actor
Cathy Cavadini Actor
Greg Finley Actor
David McCharen Actor
Marlon McGann Hard Hat
Bryan Michael McGuire Pool Player
Leila Hee Olsen Seko
Ytossie Patterson Actor
Pops Dead Man in Car
Jan Rabson Actor
Marilyn Schreffler Actor
Dennis Tufano Voice Only
Jim Boyle Fraternity Leader
Larry Spinak Student
Eric Welch Student
Stuart Rogers Student
Gary Swailes Sock Salesman
Ray Ballard Coffee Shop Proprietor
Paunita Nichols Maven
Trudel Williams Dragon Girl
Thomas Bellin Shorty
Hilary Carlip Jess
Francie Swift Dominique
Tricia Brown Candi
Naomi Shohan Bartendress
Janeen Davis Bartendress
Tanya Papanicolas Waitress
Robin Kaufman Little Girl
Hy Pyke Desk Clerk
Bob Schott Gang Leader
Bill Morphew Dragon
Simmy Bow Bum
Roger Hampton Police
Andy Rivas Police
Julius Le Flore Garbage Truck Driver
Greg Lewis Bus Driver
Dar Robinson Security Guard
Deborah Fallender Voice Only

Technical Credits
Richard Wenk Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Philip Aja Art Director
Teresa M. Austin Makeup
Robin Beauchesne Makeup
Donald P. Borchers Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Greg Cannon Special Effects
Katherine J. Carmichael Set Decoration/Design
Peter M. Chesney Special Effects
Tom Chesney Special Effects
Chris Chesney Special Effects
Russell Clark Choreography
Carol Clements Art Director
Clint Colver Animator
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Jonathan Elias Score Composer
Image Engineering Special Effects
Joann Gair Makeup
Marc Grossman Editor
Jarn Heil Special Effects
Betty Pecha Madden Costumes/Costume Designer
Apogee Productions Special Effects
Alan Roderick-Jones Production Designer
Roberto Viskin Special Effects
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Pamela Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vamp
1. Chapter 1 [:14]
2. Chapter 2 [5:17]
3. Chapter 3 [6:24]
4. Chapter 4 [6:04]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [8:49]
7. Chapter 7 [9:15]
8. Chapter 8 [6:18]
9. Chapter 9 [13:03]
10. Chapter 10 [6:31]
11. Chapter 11 [6:04]
12. Chapter 12 [12:11]

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Vamp 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Vamp' is one of the best vampire movies of the 80's. The special effects are great, Grace Jones is awesome, and it takes an unfunny situation and turns it into a very comedic adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Vamp' is still on of my favorite 80's movies. If you like dark humor and witty dialogue with a few vampires thrown in, then this movie's for you.