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Vampire in Brooklyn

Eddie Murphy , Angela Bassett , Wes Craven    VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Eddie Murphy teamed up with shockmeister Wes Craven to make this stale attempt at a horror-comedy. Murphy had the right idea, because the concept is intriguing: He plays a vampire from the Caribbean fulfilling a prophecy to rejoin his vampire queen, who turns out to be a Brooklyn cop (Angela Bassett) who is half-bloodsucker but doesn't understand the impulses being awakened in her. Bassett is a seductive presence and Murphy looks the part: sleek, inviting, and spooky. But Craven, perhaps the most overrated horror director working, can't handle comedy--at least not intentionally--and his idea of horror here is extravagant (and not particularly convincing) makeup. --Marshall Fine

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3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S TOO FUNNY TO BE A HORROR FILM! July 17 2003
Format:DVD
WES CRAVEN ATTEMPTED TO DO A HORROR-COMEDY MOVIE, WITH UNEVEN RESULTS AT BEST. A VAMPIRE FROM THE CARRIBEAN [EDDIE MURPHY] COMES TO BROOKLYN IN SEARCH OF A WOMAN [ANGELA BASSETT] WHO HE MUST CONVINCE TO BE HIS SOULMATE. NOW REALLY, THIS AIN'T NO HORROR MOVIE, IT'S TOO FUNNY! EDDIE MURPHY CRACKS JOKES ALL THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE, BUT HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE EVIL. THIS IS MORE OF A COMEDY. THIS MOVIE IS NOT SCARY ENOUGH TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. BUT, EDDIE MURPHY'S HUMOR HELPS TO SAVE THIS FILM FROM BEING A DISASTER.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good June 7 2003
By Allie
Format:DVD
'A Vampire in Brooklyn' is a wonderful parody of Dracula/vampire movies. Eddie Murphy is hilarious and I always enjoy Angela Bassett's performances. I'd take this over 'Blade' any day. Murphy is a vampire from the Caribbean who is trying to find his soulmate, a cop played by Bassett. She's actually half vampire but doesn't understand the feelings and instincts that Murphy's character awakens in her. It sucks as a horror film, but shines as a comedy. And if you like this, check out 'Dracula:Dead and Loving It' starring Leslie Nielsen. Or take a walk down memory lane and visit Count von Count on Sesame street(One...ah, ah ah. Two...ah, ah, ah. Three...remember?), every day on your local public television station.
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4.0 out of 5 stars replacing vhs Nov. 1 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Eddie murphy is a great actor..... I enjoyed this movie, it has been awhile since I watched it, but I am glad that I found it on dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent yet forgotten 90's horror comedy March 19 2013
By DeanWinchester79 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Between 1994 - 1998, Wes Craven was the horror king. He had 4 movies, WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, SCREAM and SCREAM 2. 1 solidified him as a horror genius, 1 cemented it, 1 kept his name going while the other one, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN is more or less considered a dud. It is the weakest of the four, but it does have a lot going for it, too. My dog's name is Max, and I especially loved it when Eddie morphed into Preacher Pauley and delivered the hilarious "evil is good" sermon. There is also the fact that Mitch Pileggi played thug #1, Tony. Genre fans will remember him as the killer in his 1989 SHOCKER, as well as AD Skinner on the X - files and Samuel Campbell on SUPERNATURAL, as well as Nick Corri as thug #2, Anthony. He is best known as Rod in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. This is actually one of my very favorite Eddie Murphy roles, and is a nice change of pace to see Wes Craven do a lore movie. The previous one was 1987'S THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW.
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2.0 out of 5 stars sometimes funny but not that good Dec 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Eddie Murphy(The Golden Child, Daddy Day Care) is the vampire in this movie and he comes to Brooklyn and falls for Angela Bassett(Strange Days, Supernova)..so he then stalks her and then stalks her and kills people she knows...Allen Payne(Jason's Lyric, The Perfect Storm) plays Bassett's partner and trys to stop Eddie..Kadeem Harrison(The 6th Man) is the bug eating follower of Eddie. John Witherspoon(Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next) also stars.....not much of a story here though Eddie plays a lot of characters like in The Nutty Professor movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie Oct. 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It was funny. The lore was unique. It wasn't necessarily scary but it did have suspense. It's one of my favorite vampire movies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars LOW POINT in the careers of ALL involved! June 21 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Now, I will admit. I did go see it when it first came out, but this movie is a pure joke. Not a horror film and not a comedy either. Murphy looked ridiculous w/all that stuff on. Angela, Kadeem (who's acting is mediocre already), and Allen...you guys could do so much better.
I don't think I can say much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EDDIE March 12 2003
By Erica
Format:DVD
ALL I CAN SY IS GOTTA GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE CUS EDDIE IS A HOT MESS AND CUS HES MAD CRAZY.
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