VAMPIRE’S KISS (1988) – Episode 227 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“That’s right, Alva. It’s a horrible, horrible job; sifting through old contract after old contract. I couldn’t think of a more horrible job if I wanted to. And you have to do it! You have to or I’ll fire you. You understand? Do you? Good.” Run, Alva! Run now! Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Nicolas Cage at his Cage-iest in Vampire’s Kiss (1988).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 227 – Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

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After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he’s turning into a vampire.

Witness Nicolas Cage go full-batty with Vampire’s Kiss (1988), a full 35 years before tackling the role of Count Dracula in Renfield (2023). And don’t forget supporting roles from Jennifer Beals, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Elizabeth Ashley. The film was a critical and commercial flop when it first arrived in theaters but found a cult following after landing on home video in 1990. Now it’s time for the Grue-Crew – and you, as well – to determine if the film holds its entertainment value in the 21st century. Sit back and enjoy some cockroach snacks and prepare to scream, “I’m a vampire!” 

At the time of this writing, Vampire’s Kiss is available to stream from Kanopy, Tubi, Redbox, and PlutoTV. It is also available as a Blu-ray disc from MVD Rewind Collection.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Zombie Nightmare (1987). Wait! What?

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.