The second half of Cage Match's Round 7 brings us Nicolas Cage in one of his iconic early roles, in the 1989 black horror-comedy, Vampire's Kiss!
Cage stars as Peter Loew, a narcissistic literary agent who thinks he may be turning into a vampire after having a one-night stand with Rachel (Jennifer Beals), a woman he picks up at a club. Meanwhile, he splits his time between tormenting a female employee (Maria Conchita Alonso) and feeling dependent on his therapist (Elizabeth Ashley) while being continually haunted by Rachel. But as he becomes increasingly mentally unhinged, the audience is left to wonder: is he actually turning into a vampire or is the whole thing in his mind?
Written by Joseph Minion, who also wrote the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's After Hours, this is Cage in the early stages of the histrionic acting style that has made him legendary.
“What really makes this worth seeing is Cage's outrageously unbridled performance… his over-the-top effusions of rampant, demented asociality are really something to see.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“Vampire's Kiss works out the Nosferatu legend realistically – the more tragic Peter's situation is, the funnier it becomes.” — Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
“For pure, undiluted Cage-osity, Vampire's Kiss is the film to beat.” — Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
- Rating R
- Running time 103
- Released 07-29-2022
- Genre Comedy