Okay, so "Vamp" may not go down in history as one of the great masterpieces, but there is a certain charm about the movie that draws me in.
The 80's yielded a string of vampire flicks, some were great, "Fright Night (1985)", "Near Dark (1987) and "The Lost Boys" (1987), whilst others were incredibly bad, "Once Bitten" (1985) and the worst of them all "Teen Vamp" (1988), which is bad beyond comprehension. "Vamp" is smacked right in the middle of these movies, and accurately so. It doesn't have the emotional depht of "Near Dark", nor the wit of "The Lost Boys", but, it does have one thing neither of those movies have; Grace Jones. Granted, her screentime is limited to ten minutes, but she makes such an impact (especially her intro) that more would be overkill. A little Grace can go a long way, and boy, ain't that the truth.
The director, Richard Wenk, obviously went for a comedy/horror thrill, and even though it wasn't always funny, the comic timing is always just right. Chris Makepeace is good as the lead Keith, and DeeDee Pfeiffer is close to almost not being annoying.
The settings look amazing, bathed in lavish colours of green and pink, makes it look like a black and white movie, but only with colours. The overall look of "Vamp" is stunning, and even thought some of the vampire effects may look dated, they're still much fun to watch.
Jonathan Elias provided the music, and he did it well, even if he did rip of Tangerine Dream a bit, it's still amazing, and that includes Jones' fantastic, but incredibly rare theme song entitled "Vamp", which does not even appear on the original soundtrack.
When all is said and done, "Vamp" is a worthwhile addition to any horror movie collection.