Horror Review: Vamp (1986)

Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires.

I think it’s fair to say that the 80’s gave us a few wacky films.

In my opinion “Vamp” is very much one of these films, it’s also a film I unfortunately discovered very late. I think I only saw this film for the first time about 5 years ago, it was just one of those that passed me by but one day I decided it was time I finally watched it after so many people kept recommending it to me.
I have to say I didn’t really know what to expect going into the film, I do remember thinking it was going to have something of a more serious tone to it like you usually see in vampire movies but there was actually a lot more humour in the film than I had expected there to be and it was certainly a welcome surprise.

The film has some great casting for its time with the likes of Robert Rusler, Gedde Watanabe, Grace Jones and Billy Drago who personally I would’ve liked to have seen more of as he was a great actor and I really liked the character ‘Snow’. All the characters were fun actually and had more depth than you expected from them.

As fun as the feature is, the second half does seem to lose its way a little which is a shame as the film starts off so strong but you can’t blame it for being ambitious with its story. The film often gets described as “After Hours” but with vampires and I can certainly see why.

“Vamp” is a fun and campy 80’s feature that has a great visual style to it and a lot more depth to it than what you usually got from these films. I recommend it to anyone who’s up for a laugh or in need of a good vampire fix.
If you want to see the “Vamp” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Grace Jones does not speak a single word in the film.
The song Grace Jones dances to during her dance/stripping scene was sung by her, but it has never been commercially released as it was not included on the movie’s soundtrack album. Titled “Vamp” on the credits, Jones released a heavily reworked version titled “Seduction Surrender” on her 1989 album “Bulletproof Heart”.
Katrina’s vampire makeup is based off of Pris from Blade Runner (1982).
According to the DVD audio commentary, filming began on January 28, 1986, the day of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Billy Drago actually has very dark hair. He bleached his hair white, including his eyebrows, in order to portray the albino gang leader, Snow.
Tina Turner was considered for the role of Katrina.

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