“Vampire’s Kiss” Review

28 March, 2017

Year of Release: 1988
Director: 
Robert Bierman
Screenwriter: 
Joseph Minion
Director of Photography: 
Stefan Czapsky
Cast: 
Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals

Synopsis: A New York publishing executive finds his personal and professional life spiralling out of control after receiving a love bite from a beautiful woman who may or may not be a vampire.

Vampire’s Kiss Review:

A mescaline comedy about a nine-to-five man who loses his marbles and finds a new lease of life, “Vampire’s Kiss” peers inside the the mind of a madman, intentionally flummoxing viewers as Robert Bierman directs a story comprised of schizophrenic ticks and daylight hallucinations. Assaulting and tormenting his way through the beats of insanity, and quite remarkably eating a live cockroach in the process, Nicolas Cage’s Peter Loew finds both joy and despair in his self-made disorder as his eyes widen, his body shakes, and he becomes convinced of his own immortality after firing a round of blanks into his mouth.

Styling himself as the next Count Orlok, Loew hunches his shoulders and tucks back his neck, gliding through crowds with plastic fangs hanging from his jowls, terrifying everyday people and driving his secretary to hysteria after attempting to rape her. With an “American Psycho” vibe but a screenplay that rivals trashy classics like “The Room” and “Troll 2,” “Vampire’s Kiss” becomes a baffling tale of neck-biting madness which takes the very real sense of frustration that comes with stress in the working world and turns it into a new and improved kind of crazy.

Made to form the basis of a late-night drinking game, “Vampire’s Kiss” provides a long list of idiosyncratic encounters to gawk at while Cage delivers his most eager and invigorating performance to date as a man who knows his alphabet yet cannot decide on which fake accent to use. Amusingly similar Keanu Reeves’ failed accent in later bloodlust release “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Cage’s unplaceable inflections predict the future of the vampire genre and his nutty performance shows a level of creative freedom that very few actors are afforded over the course of their career.

 

   

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