Plot: Peter (Nicolas Cage) is a slick, polished executive enjoying an evening of intimate romance, when a bat invades his apartment and all hell breaks loose, with Peter bitten in the process. That is strange enough, but as it turns out, the bat was a vampire and a beautiful one at that, in the gorgeous Rachel (Jennifer Beals). Already a manic, troubled person, this chain of events sends him off the deep end and he begins to think has been turned into a vampire. As his mind unravels, he begins to behave in erratic and even aggressive ways that cause his life to start to collapse in on itself, all while he continues to spiral into total madness. But is he just an unstable, mentally ill man or has Peter truly started to become a creature of the night?
Entertainment Value: Vampire’s Kiss has one of Nicolas Cage’s most unhinged turns, which is no small claim, but this is also the movie that launched a million memes. This is because Cage’s outlandish facial expressions would become one of the most popular meme templates around, which makes sense, as this kind of madness just doesn’t come around often. To call Vampire’s Kiss campy or over the top would be an understatement of epic proportions. The movie is pure craziness and is impossible to take seriously, but that works in the film’s favor, as the tone is brisk and humorous, so the wackiness never feels out of place. Of course, things ramp up to ridiculous levels and that could throw off some viewers, as this spirals into lunacy right off the bat and never looks back, so the silliness never dampens. So Vampire’s Kiss might be a bit much for some, but for those who appreciate unique, mind melting cinema, it offers a creative, relentless take on the vampire genre. Cage is beyond description, in what is easily one of his most outrageous performances, which is impressive, given his resume. The other cast members do dial up things a little at times to keep pace, but for the most part, the supporting performers are much more restrained. The movie has a brisk pace and a kind of manic atmosphere that few films can even come close to. So for fans of offbeat or over the top horror cinema, Vampire’s Kiss is highly recommended.
This one has a few sex scenes, but the actual naked flesh is sparse, aside from some brief bare breasts on showcase. The rest of the scenes are just scantily clad females, so the sexual content is rather tame overall, despite some obvious erotic tinged elements around the vampirism. Vampire’s Kiss is more comedy than horror, but it does have sharp fangs and a blood lust, so there’s some mild violence and in those vampire scenes, a little bloodshed. The bites aren’t graphic, but we see some drips and the wounds, as well as dramatic chomp sessions. There is also some other light violence, such as a stake down, but again, non graphic as far as gore or the red stuff. The dialogue is pure money, with Cage as an absolute quote machine that never lets up, as it is just line after line of outlandish, memorable madness. His rant about Alma is a cinematic masterpiece, but that is just one of countless scenes that are packed with wild lines, bolstered by Cage’s go for broke performance. On the craziness scale, Cage’s presence alone earns massive points, as he puts on a clinic of chaos, but there’s also the insane dialogue and non stop flow of ridiculous set pieces for Cage to unleash. I could watch him rant and rave, have bizarre conversations, and trash his apartment on loop, so Vampire’s Kiss more than deserves the full score here.
Overall Insanity: 10/10