Vampire in Brooklyn
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Great movie! Even though I didn't think it was hilarious, it certainly did have some funny moments. Eddie Murphy and the lovely Angela Bassett both offered great performances. Read morePublished 1 month ago by westicles
I love old school movies and this one is hilarious. A must watchPublished 3 months ago by fairlymary
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