GRACE JONES STARS IN THE SEXIEST HORROR COMEDY OF THE '80s A group of fraternity pledges head for the seedy side of the city in search of strippers and discover a sinister spot called The After Dark Club. But when the bar'... more »s luscious dancers turn out to be bloodthirsty vampires led by the kinky Katrina (GRACE JONES), the evening takes on a freaky new twist. Can these guys survive a bizarre onslaught of vixens and vamps, or will the armies of the undead take the ultimate bite out of their night? CHRIS MAKEPEACE (MEATBALLS), ROBERT RUSLER (WEIRD SCIENCE), GEDDE WATANABE (SIXTEEN CANDLES) and DEDEE PFEIFFER co-star in this outrageously sexy horror comedy that features wild makeup effects by Oscar®-winner GREG CANNOM (DRACULA, THE MASK). Includes a 4 Page Collector's Booklet.« less
Brett D. Cullum | Houston, TX United States | 10/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an example of a GREAT job by Anchor Bay in packaging a cult film, and loading it with extras as well as a very good transfer. The blooper reel offers some deleted scenes, the rehearsal footage is hilarious (Grace Jones attacking the director!), and the commentary on the DVD is funny and engaging.The movie itself is an 80s horror-comedy modeled almost slavishly on AFTER HOURS. The premise is two college buddies end up trying to find a stripper for a frat party, but somehow end up in a weird alternate reality where vampires prey on the homeless and hapless. Grace Jones has no lines as the titular role and first-billed and maybe 8 minutes screen-time total! But what a great vampire, and she does make her scenes pop off the screen without saying a word. DeeDee Pfiefer (yes, sister of Michelle) plays Amaretto ("not my real name") with a wide eyed glee that counters perfectly the darkness around her. And Chris Makepeace and Robert Rusler play chums caught in the TWILIGHT ZONE that is the world of VAMP. Add in a comedic turn by Geddy Watanabe (of 16 CANDLES FAME - Long Duck Dong), and you've got a game cast to do a dark comedy! A good movie gets royal DVD treatment. Snap it up before it's gone!"
Campy, trampy and vampy
Mickey Buell | Dallas, Texas United States | 07/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit that this is not the best movie ever made, but it certainly is my favorite. Grace Jones always looks like she would rip your skin off with her teeth, bit by bit. The first thing you notice is how surreal the background gets after dark. I love the humor in this movie. I think this movie should be rated as the best cult film ever. The lines are delivered with comic expertise. For anyone who loves vampire movies as much as I do, you will love this movie. Not a scary movie for the squeemish, but extremely entertaining. Once it gets dark, beware. Snow and his followers will get you, if the vampires in the club don't. My favorite line in the movie (it was hard to choose) is the one that A. J. delivers when he says, "formica, go figure". If you see the movie, then you will understand the meaning of that line. Another great line was when the little rich friend asks one of the waitresses what time she gets off. She states in a very husky voice, "3:30". He then says, "can I watch?" Lots of tongue in cheek, and even a bit of romance towards the end. This is a fun movie for people who don't take vampires seriously."
gracebones | Beautiful, Hawai'i | 01/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"VAMP is not meant to be serious, so don't even bother taking it there. It's meant to be exactly what it is, an insane vampire comedy. ...
Anyway, I've loved this film ever since I was a wee girl (about 4 years old). I had a very hard time finding a VHS copy of the film and never found one(all I had was a Beta copy). Then finally I got a DVD player and my very first DVD, Vamp! The DVD is SUPERB all around. The special features, the transfer, and the sound. The movie is just lovely. The actors are cute and funny and charming. Especially the late Sandy Baron, Dee Dee, Gedde, and Chris. The commentary track is hilarious. It's ALL good. It was also great to finally see it in widescreen for the first time (my eyes).
Last, but surely not least: Grace Jones... She is fabulous!!! Her seductive strip dance is to die for.... Grace Jones is a beautiful and wonderful Goddess! And maybe a bit scary, just a lil' bit (or always). Seriously though, I assure you this movie will grow on you and you'll just adore it, if not... Grace Jones will lunge at you stiletto's first! BUY THIS MOVIE NOW!!! *HISSSSSSSSSS* ..."
Enjoy the house red
artil | Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire United Kingdom | 05/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Visit the After Dark Club... and you won't want to leave. Grace Jones heads up the cast as an over-the-top vampire (though thankfully she never has to speak!).This movie is about as tongue in cheek as you can get (have you ever seen a vampire staked through the heart using a six inch stiletto?) and thankfully never takes itself too seriously.Even so, it manages to create it's own style of atmosphere that has you gripped from beginning to end with an attitude much akin to that of Big Trouble in Little China. The set design, though never big budget really makes you feel you are in the underworld, with some excellent lighting effects. And the cast work well together (Gede Watanabe as Duncan is hilarious).In short, this is a cult classic that you will love if you enjoy 80's movies such as Big Trouble in Little China. Order it now and get yourself a little piece of cult 80's movie viewing."
Strippers Are Vampires? Tell Me Something I Didn't Know!
E K Maxmias | Close enough to Detroit! | 09/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's a shocker huh? No offense to you strippers out there. Your "victims" get what they have coming to them; empty wallets! Strangely, the vampires/strippers in this film are much more selective. I can't say that was a big problem with this film. Oh, it had problems for sure, but none of them stopped me from actually liking this movie. Let's shimmy into it shall we...
-WE GREATLY DESIRE TO HANG WITH YOU DORKS. This is the set-up for the whole movie. It goes like this: Two guys trying to join a fraternity of ritualistic dorks decide they are too cool to follow the rituals. Despite this, they are still willing to go to great lengths to gain entry into the dorky club. The Dorks agree to allow entry into the club if the "too cool" newbs throw a wild party for them, including strippers. So begins the quest that leads our "too cool" heroes into the depth of the inner city. If you don't have a problem with this set-up, then you actually have a chance to enjoy the movie because it doesn't get any better. I thought it was pretty darn funny in a stupid way.
-GRACE JONES SUCKS AND BITES ALL AT THE SAME TIME. This is why she does not get any lines. In all honesty, I never got what the big attraction was with her anyway. She's pretty darn creepy without the makeup (and couldn't fill a training bra). Despite my shallow commentary I got along fine with grace in this film. Being pre-creepy, she makes an appropriate queen vamp stripper. Character actor Sandy Baron (a guy) carries the day for the bad guys as he does a fine job of playing the inexplicably dumb nightclub manager. On the side of niceness are the young people. Robert Rusler has his charisma smeared all over us. You would never buy any of his lines, but everyone else does. His buddy is Chris Makepeace (John Makewar's stepbrother?) a wimpy, benign bundle of nerves who knuckles under to his pals every whim. Geddy Watanabe plays another dork that will pay for anything (just a little convenient). The pre-requisite nice girl is Dedee Pfeiffer (Michelle's flat-chested sister... ...WHAT!?!?). Her place in this film keeps you guessing because it defies reason. The entire cast is exactly what you would expect from a 80s teenage, semi-light, horror film; just better than adequate.
-REMOVING TONGUE FROM CHEEK AND GETTING SERIOUS I think what kept me in this film was the whole feel of the thing. As dopey as the setup sounds, this is a very surreal and nightmarish experience. I really had a sense of weariness as the good guys languished in their sugar coated human flytrap. Time keeps passing and things just keep getting more and more messed up but nobody but our bundle of nerves seems to be in a hurry to get out. Have you ever had a nightmare where someone is chasing you, but you can't move? That's how this starts to feel. Well, eventually everything hits the fan and our hero starts to move. But even then, he ends up on a treadmill. You begin to doubt that there is actually an ending to this movie. Not surprisingly, a semi-cheap ending is devised and we get a fair conclusion. However, lot's of implausible but fun action occurs along the way.
-OH, PRETTY COLORS! I especially liked the over-the-top production values of this film. The vampire makeup is monstrous and grotesque, not just a couple fangs. The lighting is like a Halloween stage show with purples and greens and oranges. The sets are limited but effective (how much do you expect to see when you're trapped in a nightmare?). I happen to like this somewhat campy look. Visually, this is a fun film.
-PUTTING TOUGUE BACK IN CHEEK TO TALK ABOUT THE STORY. If you've made it this far still believing you will enjoy this movie then you are ready to face the final test; a story full of inexplicable stupidity and hyper-ridiculous caveats to make things work. This is a 1980s teenage horror film after all. It is in the same mood as "Fright Night" but not nearly as well thought out. If you don't laugh at and enjoy solutions to problems nearly falling into our heroes lap then you won't like this story. You might even suspect that some of the vampires in this film wanted to die; it's that bad. All that said, I fell on the side of enjoying the stupidity of it all. This film is not that serious that I couldn't let that kind of stuff slide.
-TONIGHTS FINAL ACT... ... is usually reserved for the one-legged chick with the eye-patch who does something nasty with a dollar bill. Well, even I'm not that bad. I liked this stupid movie for its fun production values, campy but effective acting and it's likeably dumb story caveats. The story does work if you allow the stupidity to pull it together. If you can't look past these glaring, goofy conveniences in the story you'd better look elsewhere. I got a kick out of it. The DVD is pretty standard fare; decent quality picture and sound. You get plenty for your money.