31 Days of Halloween Challenge 05/31
VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN is an interesting failure by Eddie Murphy and Wes Craven right as they were facing turning points in their careers--THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and SCREAM were just one year away. Clearly, no one working on this film was in agreement about what it was supposed to be; even the tagline, "A Comic Tale of Horror and Seduction," seems desperate to cover all possible genres.
VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN is a dhampir of a film, part horror, part comedy, but never genuinely scary or funny. Murphy's performance as the lovestruck vampire Maximilian screams "contractual obligation," but Angela Bassett as a psychic cop and daughter of a Caribbean vamp is so intriguing I wish she had a movie of her own. Still, this is a fitting horror movie to catch on channel 211 late on a random October night.