Vamp (1986)

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Movie Review
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Vamp (1986)

Directed By: Richard Wenk

Starring: Robert Rusler, Chris Makepeace, Gedde Watanabe, Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer

Subgenre: Vampires, Horror-Comedy


Synopsis: Two college kids, desperate to make it into a fraternity, promise to bring strippers to the party.  They go looking for them in the wrong club.

Thoughts: Vamp plays as a comedy more so than a horror movie.  It was as if Revenge of the Nerds was thrown into a vampire tale.  Sadly, there were not a lot of funny parts to the movie.  The jokes were sophomoric and have not held up over time at all. 

The acting is in line with a mid-80s comedy as well, and I’m not talking about the classics, I’m talking about the ones that play on Showtime in the middle of the night (think Hardbodies and Up the Creek).  Robert Rusler has quite a few genre credits in his resume, most notably as Ron Grady in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.   The most notable person in Vamp is Grace Jones.  She is down-right freaky here, and that’s before she turns into a vampire.  Much of Vamp’s popularity is due to Grace Jones.

There were some iconic vampire movies to come out in the mid-80s, namely The Lost Boys, Fright Night and Near Dark. Vamp has a place among noted vampire movies, but not because it is as good as those, but because of the terrifying visage of Grace Jones.  Other than that, I was pretty underwhelmed with Vamp.  There are a lot of vampire-comedy hybrids out there, and many of them better than Vamp.


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