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“You know, I mostly get your basic dorks around here. They seem to gravitate toward me… I don’t know why!” Hmmm. Guys go to a strip joint looking for a stripper and find vampires? May the dork be with you. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out the force of nature known as Grace Jones in Vamp (1986).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 207 – Vamp (1986)
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Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires.IMDb
- Director: Richard Wenk
- Writer: Richard Wenk; (story by) Donald P. Borchers & Richard Wenk
- Grace Jones’ bodypainting & chair by: Keith Haring
- Special Makeup Effects: Greg Cannom
- Stunt Coordinator: Dar Robinson
- Selected Cast:
- Chris Makepeace as Keith
- Robert Rusler as AJ
- Grace Jones as Katrina
- Dedee Pfeiffer as Allison/Amaretto
- Gedde Watanabe as Duncan
- Billy Drago as Snow
- Sandy Baron as Vic
Crystal is a big Grace Jones fan so it’s no surprise that Vamp is Crystal’s pick. She has such a good time laughing along with this movie that she enjoys it just as much, maybe more, watching as an adult. She describes Grace Jones as a work of art in Vamp and gives Gedde Watanabe a big thumbs up for his performance.
Chad’s view of Vamp is that if you love cheesy, 80s horror, there’s not much to criticize. There’s a lot of silly 80s stuff, but it’s good silly 80s stuff. He loves Robert Rusler, Chris Makepeace, Grace Jones, and, of course, the vampires! Vamp is an odd little, very 80s film according to Bill and he likes the Nosferatu-like vampires. Grace Jones has such a [resence and her dance is iconic. Jeff is also in awe of the performance given by Grace Jones and is impressed with the effects work. To his surprise, he kind of got into the college-guy humor in Vamp.
The 80s Grue-Crew universally enjoys Vamp! If you hear anything that sparks your interest, Vamp is currently available to stream from Tubi (free w/ads) as well as a variety of subscription and PPV options. If physical media is your thing, Vamp is available as a Special Edition [Blu-ray] from Arrow Video and as a Blu-ray from Image Entertainment. That’s all “as of this writing,” of course.
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 Evil Dead Trap (1988), a no-holds-barred journey into J-horror courtesy of Toshiharu Ikeda.
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