Director - Richard Wenk
Year - (1986)


With the exception of some recent great horror flicks like Shaun of the Dead, Dog Soldiers and May, my horror diet has mostly consisted of throwbacks to my childhood. I recently picked up the Lost Boys Special Edition DVD, Fright Night, The Howling andAmerican Werewolf in London. However, most recently, I rediscovered another gem I had almost forgotten: The Vampire Stripper comedy known only as Vamp. Released in 1986, Vamp tells the tale of three college students, in search of a stripper to impress their frat brothers. To find said stripper, AJ, Vic and Duncan travel to the seediest part of town, the place where you dont want to be after dark. However, a carjacking is the least of their worries with Vampires on every corner and an Albino gang hot on their trail. Yes, I said Albino.

In terms of story, there really isnt one aside from the premise. Things start out normal enough and the real horror doesnt being until the cocky AJ (Played by Robert Rusler) arranges a private meeting with head vampire Katrina, only to find out shes the bloodsucking bitch from hell. The idea of Vampire Strippers was sort of expanded upon in From Dusk til Dawn and even Bordello of Blood; however, cutting out any hokey subplots, Vamp merely focused on the story of the three friends, and the longest night of their lives. The only real subplot here, involves a quirky cocktail waitress who swears she knows Vic, though he cant remember for the life of him. What separates this from the B-list direct to video Vampire flicks is the wealth of originality and unusual little moments that Vic and AJ come across. Whether its nearly being slain by a runaway elevator, the Vampire Bus Driver, the lost little girl, the previously mentioned Albino gang lead by a man named Snow, or Vic handiness with a Bow and Arrow, theres enough to be both scared and entertained. While Vic (Played by Sandy Baron) gets most of the screen time, its AJ who has the best lines, before and after he becomes a vampire. (Thats not a spoiler, since its pretty easy to figure where things are going to go) Sadly, the worst part of the movie is Duncan, who is played by Gedde Watanabe. Watanabe was great in Sixteen Candles as Long Duk Dong (Hey Sexy Girlfriend), but heres hes just a nuisance.

Though I cant remember the first time I saw this movie, I do remember Grace Jones, playing the seductress Katrina. Grace Jones, if you remember, was the crazy, scary wild woman from Conan the Destroyer. In Vamp, however, the role of a vampire as old as the Egyptian Pyramids was almost tailor-made for Jones. Whether shes ripping the heart out of a wayward employee, stripping and seducing AJ, or vamping out with some A-level horror makeup, any time shes on screen, you pay attention.

Since some might wonder if there is any camp in a movie involving vampire strippers, rest assured, there is no more cheesiness than there was in From Dusk til Dawn. Which means a little. However, this works as a legitimate horror movie that just so happens to have some pretty good laughs, and half naked vampires. Vamp is going to be a hard one to find at your local video store, but if you do happen upon it, watch it with an open mind. If nothing else, you can satisfy your quota for nudity within the first twenty minutes.

Reviewed By - Evil Ash



Rating ( 4 of 5 )

 
 

 

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