theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Wenk|
|Produced by||Donald P. Borchers|
|Written by||Richard Wenk
Donald P. Borchers
|Music by||Jonathan Elias|
Douglas F. O'Neons
|Edited by||Mark Grossman|
Balcor Film Investors
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|Release dates||July 18, 1986|
|Running time||93 min|
Two college students, Keith (Chris Makepeace) and AJ (Robert Rusler) want to hire a stripper to buy their way into a campus fraternity. They borrow a Cadillac from a lonely rich student (Gedde Watanabe), who insists on coming with them to scope out strip clubs in a nearby city. They find themselves at a club in a shady party of town, and after being impressed by an surreally artistic stripper Queen Katrina (Grace Jones) AJ visits her dressing room to convince her to come strip for their college party. Katrina seduces AJ, then pins him down, killing him with a bite to the neck.
Keith becomes concerned at the delay, and gets help from a waitress named Amaretto (Dedee Pfeiffer) who keeps insisting (to his confusion) that she knows him from their past. They search the neighborhood, and Keith is separated from her while trying to escape from both a psychotic albino street gang, as well as from vampires throughout the area. While hiding in a dumpster he finds AJ's discarded body, but when he calls the police and returns to the club to accuse the owners, the vampires have preempted him by bringing AJ back as undead and bringing him back to the club. AJ confesses to Keith that he's now a vampire, and after realizing that Keith will not kill him and is willing to die for him, AJ stakes himself with a piece of broken furniture.
Keith, Amaretto, and Duncan flee the club, but their car is rammed by vehicles driven by vampires, and after escaping they realize that Duncan has been turned to a vampire, and abandon him in a burning car. The couple attempt to escape through the sewers, as Amaretto breaks down an tells Keith that her real name is Allison, and she knows AJ from a game of spin-the-bottle back in high school. While they flee through the sewers, they find and burn a nest of vampires, but Allison is grabbed and held hostage by Queen Katrina. After an arrow to the face and pipe staked in the chest fail to stop Katrina, Keith kills her by opening a grating, allowing the sunlight to destroy her. Before they can escape to the surface, they are trapped by Vlad, the dead Katrina's vampire consort, until Vlad is staked from behind by a revived AJ, who sheepishly notes that the stake he tried to kill himself with turned out to be formica.
As Keith and Allison climb to the surface daylight, AJ remains in the sewers calling out to him his ideas to go to night school, or work a job on a graveyard shift.
- Theatrically in the United States by New World Pictures in July 1986. It grossed $4,941,117 at the box office.
- DVD in 2001 by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The company subsequently re-released it on DVD in 2005 in the Fright Pack 2 set.
- Blu-ray on September 20, 2011 by Image Entertainment.
- Region 2 DVD and Blu-ray on February 21, 2011.