Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Bierman|
|Produced by||John Daly
|Written by||Joseph Minion|
María Conchita Alonso
|Music by||Colin Towns|
|Editing by||Angus Newton|
|Distributed by||Hemdale Film Corporation|
|Release dates||June 2, 1989 (US)|
|Running time||103 min.|
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.
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.
- Nicolas Cage as Peter Loew
- María Conchita Alonso as Alva Restrepo
- Jennifer Beals as Rachel
- Elizabeth Ashley as Dr. Glaser
- Kasi Lemmons as Jackie
- Bob Lujan as Emilio
- Jessica Lundy as Sharon
- Johnny Walker as Donald
- Boris Leskin as Fantasy Cabbie
- Michael Knowles as Andrew
- John Michael Higgins as Ed
- Jodie Markell as Joke Girl
- Marc Coppola as Joke Guy
- David Hyde Pierce as Theater Guy (as David Pierce)
- Amy Stiller as Theater Girl
Vampire's Kiss was considered a commercial flop upon its initial release but has developed a cult following since that time. As of July 2013, the film holds a rating of 62% "certified fresh" on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews. In contrast, Metacritic has the film ranked at an average score of 31 based on 10 critic reviews.
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- "Vampire's Kiss (1989)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Vampire's Kiss". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 July 2013.