Vamp (1986) Arrow Video Blu-ray Review

Posted October 21, 2016 by in Comedy

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4/ 5

Length: 93 min
 
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Fun, stylish, and sexy with an awesome Blu-ray from Arrow.
 
Verdict

Synopsis: Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation, biker gangs, and worst of all, the staff of the bar, all of who seem to be vampires. Review: A bona fide cult film that has miraculously gotten better with the passage of time, Vamp […]

by david j. moore
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Synopsis: Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation, biker gangs, and worst of all, the staff of the bar, all of who seem to be vampires.

Review: A bona fide cult film that has miraculously gotten better with the passage of time, Vamp stars Chris Makepeace (from My Bodyguard) and Robert Russler (from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2) as Keith and AJ, two college buddies who try to join a frat house, and their first initiation (or second if you want to get technical) is to find a hot stripper for a party. They wait till dark and go to the big city with a tagalong named Duncan (Gedde Watanabe from Sixteen Candles) who has the car and the cash they need, and they sort of enter The Twilight Zone when they end up in a seedy part of an industrial area populated by weird gangs (Billy Drago is the honcho of an albino biker gang) and oddballs. The three friends end up in a run down gentleman’s club and proceed to split up and get hammered. They witness the single most incredible stripper act in the history of stripper acts: a bizarre exotic dancer (played by the inimitable Grace Jones) introduces them all to the beyond with her one-of-a-kind number, and AJ proceeds to pursue her backstage to offer her the stripper gig for the party. BIG MISTAKE. AJ is in for the shock of his life when she transforms into a vicious (and pretty ancient) vampire, and she bites and turns him. Meanwhile, Keith has a run in with a cute barmaid named Allison (Dedee Pfeiffer), and they go off together, leaving AJ and Duncan back at the bar. After some confusion and bad luck, Keith ends up alone and being chased by wackos and bikers throughout the dingy city, and after thinking AJ is dead, he gets the cops involved, leading to confusion and chaos, and finally a fight for survival as just about the entire strip bar comes after him with their fangs out.

Fun, stylish, and sexy, writer / director Richard Wenk’s (the screenwriter of Expendables 2) Vamp is a whole lot of things at once, but it’s a singular event perfectly encapsulated by the cool, whimsical side of the 1980’s. The actors are great in the movie, and the humor works, and thanks to the stunt casting of Grace Jones the movie takes on a whole other level of ultra bizarre radness. Even the synthesizer score by Jonathan Elias works. You might call this the coming of age version of After Hours … with vampires! It’s easy to see this as a precursor to Robert Rodriguez’s and Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn, but honestly this is where it’s at.

Arrow Video has just released Vamp onto a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for North American consumers, and it’s yet another great release from them. The high definition transfer is outstanding, and the newly produced documentary “One of Those Nights: The Making of Vamp” is a nicely produced feature that showcases a retrospective of the making of the film with new cast and crew interviews. Also included is a blooper reel, rehearsal footage, and much more, including Wenk’s award winning short film from 1979, Dracula Bites the Big Apple. The package includes reversible artwork too, so you really can’t beat this release, and it comes out just in time for Halloween.

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david j. moore
david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars.