Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Vamp

US movie (1986). New World/Balcor. Pr Donald P Borchers. Dir Richard Wenk. Spfx Chris Chesney, Peter Chesney, Tom Chesney, Jarn Heil, Image Engineering Inc, Joseph Viscosil. Mufx Greg Cannom, Pamela S Westmore. Screenplay Wenk. Starring Sandy Baron (Vic), Billy Drago (Snow), Grace Jones (Katrina), Chris Makepeace (Keith), Deedee Pfeiffer (Amaretto/Alison), Robert Rusler (AJ), Gedde Watanabe (Duncan). 94 mins. Colour.

College boys Keith, AJ and Duncan seek a stripper for the frat-house party. They go to the wrong side of the tracks, where there are more Vampires than humans on the streets. Pursued by the punk vampire gang led by Snow, they reach the After Dark Club, where AJ tries to hire the most exotic stripper of all, Katrina; but the club's staff and artistes are vampires. None of the non-vampires survive except Keith and his forgotten-now-rediscovered childhood friend Alison.

V seems uncertain whether to be a skinflick or a comedy-Horror Movie, and locked in this dichotomy leaves a somewhat nasty taste in the mouth – although, primarily because of Jones, it has a huge cult following. Far better comedy-vampire movies released about the same time were Fright Night (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987). [JG]

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