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  • Summary: A frustrated Manhattan literary editor, Peter Loew (Cage), meets a mysterious woman (Beals). During a passionate night of lovemaking, the woman bites him on the neck, drawing blood. When she disappears the next morning, Peter becomes convinced that she was a vampire and that's he's become one too. As he loses himself to pressure of everyday life, he begins to act the role of a creature of the night. (MGM/UA) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. 70
    But what truly distinguishes the movie is Cage's performance, which is so off the wall that even if you don't like it you have to watch in awe.
  2. 70
    The picture seems to crumble... because the writer and director don't distinguish Loew's fantasies from his actual life... But with Cage in the role we certainly see the delusions at work. This daring kid starts over the top and just keeps going. He's airily amazing. [12 June 1989]
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Playing a sleazeball who has stumbled upon an excellent excuse for his bent, Cage holds the movie together as best he can. More important, he nails down his unique approach to acting, managing to be simultaneously stylized and naturalistic. [7 June 1996, p.66]
  4. It's hard to tell if Cage's performance is a grand stab at all-out, no-holds-barred comic acting or one of the worst dramatic performances in a film this year. [2 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E8]
  5. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    Called upon to blend the fey and the fiendish, the usually fine Cage is reduced to acting like some kind of combination of Dudley Moore and John Carradine. Throughout, though, he seems to be enjoying it; I can't imagine why. [2 June 1989, Friday, p.E]
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    The film is dominated and destroyed by Mr. Cage's chaotic, self-indulgent performance. He gives Peter the kind of sporadic, exaggerated mannerisms that should never live outside of acting-class exercises.
  7. 0
    The bloodsuckers in this thriller may not have much bite, but here's a movie that can -- it's guaranteed -- drain the life out of an audience in minutes.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Oct 10, 2013
    Still my favourite movie after all these years and many viewings. You see something new each time. The story and performances are so complex you really can't tell where people are actually coming from. I've way too dramatic and scary to be a comedy, way too funny to be a horror drama, it's not wonder a lot of people can't wrap their minds around this movie. Yes you don't ever 'identify' with Cage's character but you do identify with all his victims, something that is pretty rare. Physically he doesn't change thoughout the movie but by the end you can't even believe Lowe is being played by the same actor he has been so transformed by his disease or madness or whatever it is. And it's shot just beautifully. Highly recommended if you want to see something completely different for a change. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2013
    This movie is amazing in the sense that it takes you back to that late 80s feel. It is definitely worth the title of being a comedy horror, as the scenes with Cage's insanity are hilarious, but some scenes are just quite creepy and make you feel uncomfortable. And all along the goddamn contract was somewhere in the goddamn ****ing files! Expand
  3. JonP.
    Apr 19, 2006
    I actually would give this 10, but that might make you think I'm a nut. This film is sinisterly underrated. Cage's performance is amazing AND funny AND a long way out there. AND the guy eats a live 'roach onscreen. If you pay attention (unlike some critics) director Bierman does sort out the fantasy/reality divide quite precisely. And gets great shock value out of the careful, single use of the word '....'. You will be shouting "Alva! There you are!" for years to come. Expand


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