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Vampire's Kiss [DVD]
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New York literary agent Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) is having personal problems which are compounded by a one night stand with a woman who may have been a vampire. Peter imagines he is turning into a vampire and becomes more violent and unreasonable, even buying himself a set of plastic fangs.
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Cage's character's personality, which begins as an arrogant, successful bully of a manager, gradually becomes one of an unhinged loon as his bullying - in particular the painfully nasty persecution of his beautiful hispanic assistant Alba - reaches a crescendo and he begins to mimic nosferatu's mannerisms whilst wearing plastic teeth.
His vampiric seductress visits him regulary to reinforce his delusions. His relationship with his lovely girlfriend begins to break down completely as he is lured ever more deeply into the world of the vampiress in his mind. Finally when he believes he can no longer see his own reflection in a mirror, he becomes as one with the vampiress and steps out of reality completely.
This film has one or two shocking moments, and some of it is also very sad; his treatment of his girlfriend, and in particular the diabolical treatment of his persecuted assistant Alba, are cases in point. But it is also a very funny black comedy, helped along by Cage's repertoire of facial expressions and affected accents.
If Alan Partridge were to become a vampire, I suspect it would look something like this.
Cage plays Peter, a guy who works for a literary agency and is slowly going mad. He brings a woman home with him one night who may or may not be a vampire, and may or may not bite him. What follows is really anyone's guess. Peter, believing he is becoming a vampire, eats a live cockroach and a pigeon, runs through the streets screaming, buys plastic fangs, and talks to a wall. It's wonderfully deranged.
If you want to have a laugh, and if you enjoy Nicolas Cage at his craziest, buy this film. After seeing it at my friends, I had to get my own copy. Best £3 I ever spent :)
The film revolves around Peter Loew (portrayed by Nicolas Cage with a bizarre accent and slicked-back haircut that gets crazier as the film progresses), a literary agent who gets bitten by a vampire after a night out; he is established to have mental health issues at the beginning of the film, and he slowly loses his mind as he realises that he is turning into a vampire. By the end, he is beyond all hope as he finally snaps and descends into insanity. I am aware that Cage is famous/infamous for playing wacky characters, but his performance here makes films like The Wicker Man seem somewhat tame in comparison.
This links in with the sub-plot of Loew's agency trying to find an elusive Der Spiegel contract. The lack of results regarding this makes him angrier (he communicates his frustration to his psychiatrist by screaming the alphabet!) and he vents the brunt of his anger at his secretary Alva (quite sweetly portrayed by Maria Conchita Alonso), to whom he gave this unenviable task. I will not reveal anything about what he does to her, but you will be appalled by the way that he mercilessly bullies the poor woman.
I don't want to say what his antics include, as I do not want to spoil the magic. All I will say is that, even by his standards, this is a crazy, bizarre and incredibly over-the-top performance from the master of Nouveau Shamanic, and this is what makes Vampire's Kiss such a joy to watch. Do not miss this!
If on the other hand, you are looking forward to Nicolas Cage not simply chewing the scenery but sitting down for a four hour all-you-can-eat scenery buffet then this is the film for you! This is not the mumbled monotone Cage from Con Air or Bangkok Dangerous but Wicker Man Cage amplified by 100.
If you have ever wanted to see a man scream the entire alphabet on film (and who wouldn't want to see Nicolas Cage do that?) then this is for you.
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