Vampire's Kiss

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Vampire's Kiss
Vampires kiss.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Bierman
Produced by John Daly
Derek Gibson
Barry Shils
Barbara Zitwer
Written by Joseph Minion
Starring Nicolas Cage
María Conchita Alonso
Jennifer Beals
Elizabeth Ashley
Music by Colin Towns
Cinematography Stefan Czapsky
Editing by Angus Newton
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Release dates June 2, 1989 (US)
Running time 103 min.
Country US
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $725,131

Vampire's Kiss is a 1989 American black comedy horror film, directed by Robert Bierman, written by Joseph Minion, and stars Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, and Elizabeth Ashley. The film tells the story of a mentally-ill literary agent, whose condition turns even worse when he gets bitten by a vampire. It was a box office failure, but received generally positive reviews.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) is a driven literary agent, who is slowly going insane. He works all day, and club hops at night, with little in his life but one night stands and the pursuit of money and prestige. He sees a therapist (Ashley) frequently, and during these sessions, his declining mental health becomes clear through a series of increasingly bizarre rants that eventually begin to scare even his psychiatrist.

Loew meets Rachel (Beals) at a night club, and takes her home. She pins him down, reveals fangs, and feeds on him. He soon begins to believe that he is changing into a vampire. He stares into a bathroom mirror and fails to see his reflection; he wears dark sunglasses during the day; and, when his "fangs" fail to develop, he purchases a pair of cheap plastic vampire teeth and uses them to attack a woman at a nightclub. All the while, Rachel visits him nightly to feed on his blood.

A subplot concerns a secretary working at Loew's office, Alva Restrepo (Alonso). Loew torments her by forcing her to search through an enormous file for a 1963 contract. When she fails to find the contract, he at first browbeats and humiliates her, then visits her at home, and finally attacks and attempts to rape her at the place they both work.

Later, Loew has a brief, ambiguous encounter with Rachel in a club: she admits to knowing him, but gives the impression that they have not been in contact for a long period. He accuses her of being a vampire, and is expelled from the club. Loew wanders the streets in a blood-spattered business suit, talking to himself, and using his now disastrous apartment as a vampire's cave where he hides from the sun by crawling under an upturned sofa. In a hallucinatory exchange, he tells his therapist that he murdered someone, and raped his secretary. Alva, however, believes she has been raped, and Loew is soon killed by Alva's brother.


Critical reception[edit]

Vampire's Kiss was considered a commercial flop upon its initial release but has developed a cult following since that time.[2] As of July 2013, the film holds a rating of 62% "certified fresh" on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews.[3] In contrast, Metacritic has the film ranked at an average score of 31 based on 10 critic reviews.[4]


  1. ^ Tobias, Scott. "Vampire’s Kiss features one of Nicolas Cage’s best, most out-of-control performances". AV Club. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Film Journal, Volume 92, Issues 7-12". The Film Journal. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vampire's Kiss (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vampire's Kiss". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 

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