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Vampire in Brooklyn

4.2 out of 5 stars 227 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Eddie Murphy's got the bite in this movie mix of bone-chilling horror and chill-out comedy directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street). As the vampire Maximillian, the popular star is the most diabolical, dashing and definitely undead dude in the 'hood. To add to the macabre fun, Murphy morphs into two other must-see characters: a paunchy preacher and a fast talking thug. Angela Basset (Waiting to Exhale, What's Love Got To Do With It) plays the cop whose world is rocked by Maximillian's attempts to make her his mate for eternity. And Kadeem Hardison (TV's A Different World) is the haplessly decaying vampire's sidekick who (a hand here, and ear there) is forever losing things. Brooklyn may be home to the undead now that Max is around-but means it's livelier than ever!

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Chris Parker, Michael Lucker, Vernon Lynch
  • Producers: Eddie Murphy, Dixie J. Capp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U5AD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vampire in Brooklyn" on IMDb

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This is one of my all time favorite movies. Vampire in Brooklyn can be best described as a comedy thriller which is important to know right off the bat. If you are a into a serious vampire genre film like Underworld or John Carpenter's Vampires, this is not for you. In saying that, there are so many witty lines and catch phrases that will keep you giggling while you enjoy the classic Dracula seduction story set in the 1990's in Brooklyn.

It's been compared to Blacula (1972). It's rare to see vampire genre films wherein the main story plot is based around Africans or African Americans in Hollywood, especially since the lore is based on Dracula who is of European origins. In my opinion any story that deviates from that is packed with a lot of imagination and guts willing to dismiss this mythos. I also get a strong Love At First Bite (1979) influence in this story as well, another gutsy comedy. Maybe my title should have been, Blacula meets Love At First Bite. But honestly, most people haven't seen these movies. They tend to go under the radar.

The special effects are good and not too complicated so they hold up pretty well over time. There were excellent make-up transformations through out, but if you want to nitpick, there are a few inconsistencies that are pretty minor. For one, the character Preacher Pauly could have used a little compressed powder to reduce is shine. I'm not sure if they wanted him to look sweaty, but it pulls me out of the story for a second. The character is so hilarious it pulls you back in.

Wes Craven delivers the horror with great sound effects and creating that ever popular scary mood with great music, an amazing score and went heavy with the smoke effects which he was such a fan of, it ended up on the poster. Lol!
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In the 1980s, Eddie Murphy single-handedly recreated the Black Action hero, replacing the old murderous superstud of the 1970s with black characters who depended on their quick wits more than their big guns. That formula was quickly run dry, however, both by Murphy himself and the imitators he inspired.
So, Eddie intelligently decided that he needed to recreate a forgotten genre of comedy, one which Peter Sellars had mastered in the 60s, and which only Murphy could do today: he would make movies in which he played multiple characters. The Genesis began with "Coming to America", in which Murphy played not only the lead role, but also all the inhabitants of a Harlem barbershop. The sequences were short, but Murphy was building the road to becoming the most brilliant character actor of our day. Soon followed the "Nutty Professor" movies, "Bowfinger", and his animated TV series, "The PJ's." In all these Murphy played a multiplicity of roles, and played them all brilliantly (the Academy's disdain for streetwise comedies, and--well, lets just say it--their dismissal of black performers not playing slaves or pimps, are the only explanations possible for Murphy not owning an Oscar or two by now).
With these projects, Eddie was not only playing different characters, but also honing a new Eddie Murphy genre: raunchy, but intelligent; gross, but heartfelt; hilariously over the top in the particulars of plot, but firmly rooted in emotional reality. He has created or has been involved with, some of the arguably best comedies of the 1990's and onward--and has been responsible for inarguably the best comic performances of the era.
So, in this era, Eddie decided to push the envelope by mixing the new Eddie Genre with the Horror films he loved as a kid.
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While this horror/comedy is another vehicle for Eddie Murphy to do multiple roles and such, the stars of the film are Kadeem Harddison and John Witherspoon. More on that later.

In the film, Eddie is Maximillion, a black vampire who has recently escaped hunters in the carriebian to find the last of his tribe who is the result of an affair between a human woman and a vampire. This hybird, of course, is played by Angela Bassett named Rita.

Allen Payne also stars as Justice, Rita's cop partner and potential lover who ends up fighting to save her soul from being seduced into a life of a vampire of Maximillion.

Kadeem Harddison plays as Eddie's ghoul and henchman while John Whitherspoon plays Kadeem's uncle. The two get into some hilarious situations and help keep the movie light. In fact, I would dare say in some of their scenes, they steal the show and help save this film.

This is one where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each person plays their parts to perfection. A good film if you have a Saturday night to waste.
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This movie is about a vampire Maximillian who is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. Rita's mother, who has died in an asylum, was that woman and Rita has nightmares that she does not understand. Not knowing that she is part vampire, Max woos her and attempts to bring her to her blood sucking destiny. Even though Rita has strange dreams and actions, Justice, her partner, has feelings for her and does not want her involved with this stranger Max. But it is Rita who must decide her destiny. A good movie to see if you haven't already.
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