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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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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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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 A Brilliant twist on the '90s Murphy formula! July 23 2001
Format:VHS Tape
In the 1980s, Eddie Murphy single-handedly recreated the Black Action hero, replacing the old murderous superstud of the 1970s with black characters who depended on their quick wits more than their big guns. That formula was quickly run dry, however, both by Murphy himself and the imitators he inspired.
So, Eddie intelligently decided that he needed to recreate a forgotten genre of comedy, one which Peter Sellars had mastered in the 60s, and which only Murphy could do today: he would make movies in which he played multiple characters. The Genesis began with "Coming to America", in which Murphy played not only the lead role, but also all the inhabitants of a Harlem barbershop. The sequences were short, but Murphy was building the road to becoming the most brilliant character actor of our day. Soon followed the "Nutty Professor" movies, "Bowfinger", and his animated TV series, "The PJ's." In all these Murphy played a multiplicity of roles, and played them all brilliantly (the Academy's disdain for streetwise comedies, and--well, lets just say it--their dismissal of black performers not playing slaves or pimps, are the only explanations possible for Murphy not owning an Oscar or two by now).
With these projects, Eddie was not only playing different characters, but also honing a new Eddie Murphy genre: raunchy, but intelligent; gross, but heartfelt; hilariously over the top in the particulars of plot, but firmly rooted in emotional reality. He has created or has been involved with, some of the arguably best comedies of the 1990's and onward--and has been responsible for inarguably the best comic performances of the era.
So, in this era, Eddie decided to push the envelope by mixing the new Eddie Genre with the Horror films he loved as a kid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Horror and Comedy Don't Gel very well. May 29 2001
Format:VHS Tape
When "Vampire in Brooklyn" is played for Scares, it is at it's Best, when it is played for Laughs, it Doesn't Work as well. Eddie Murphy creates his 3 most Unmemorable characters for a film that Diverts Attention, but doesn't achieve much else, which is a Shame, because we All Know he can do Better. ("The Nutty Professor" and "Coming to America")
Eddies Much Talked about Leap into Comedy/Horror isn't really as bad as a lot of people make it out to be, it Scares a little, it causes a Snigger or two, and.. Well... It has Eddie Murphy, it can't be That Bad. Let me put it This Way, It's A Little Worse than "Beverly Hills Cop III", and it's A Lot Better than "Holy Man"... Yeah, that pretty much Sums it Up.
Eddie plays Maximillian the Vampire, from an Island in the Bermuda Triangle (which is quite a Clever and Unique way to explain him and his Kind) who comes to the Island of Manhattan in search of a Mate, he Limits his search to Brooklyn, and the film takes it from their. Though Eddie is never really Scary, or Convincingly Evil, he keeps a Straight face and makes the Horror bits work. Though I said about that the three characters he creates are his most Unmemorable, they are Still enjoyable enough to satisfy Eddie's Die Hard fans (the other two characters he plays are the Reverend, and the Italian Stick-up man). Angela Bassett is Above Average in her role as a Troubled Cop, torn between her Job and her Destiny. She never treats the role as Beneath her, and she gives it her All.
The Performances in the Supporting cast are Mixed. Allen Payne is Believable and Likeable as Justice, Angela's Understanding Partner. Kadeem Harrison is Annoying as Julius Jones, Eddie's Ghoul and John Witherspoon is... Well, John Witherspoon as Silas.
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This was a suprize to me, I had my doubts before I saw this movie, but was happily suprized with the result. Eddie Murphy portrays a Vampire that is truely scary and Angela Bassett is the woman he desires to be his Vampire Queen.
Set in Brooklyn, this has an unusual twist since this is one of the first Vampire films that has an African-American as the lead Vampire since Blackula was released in the late 1960's-early 1970's. Murphy has done a good job in portraying a Vampire who has class, dignity, strength and yet is a ruthless killer at the same time who will stop at nothing to find his queen.
Angela Bassett plays a tormented-haunted police officer who is an outcast in the police force, and she is trying to find answers to her life. Yet there is a secret to her past that will leave her with a life (or death) changing choice to make.
The humor is good, and Murphy dosen't use his usual sense of humor which he is famous for, which enhances this film. Overall, this is an entertaining movie that is worth watching over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars replacing vhs
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
Published 9 months ago by leona lapointe
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent yet forgotten 90's horror comedy
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by DeanWinchester79
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrifyingly, frighteningly BAD movie
I am almost ashamed to admit this but my husband and I saw this movie right after he proposed to me and we have joked that it is a good thing he proposed BEFORE the movie because I... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Travlee
2.0 out of 5 stars sometimes funny but not that good
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).. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
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.
Published on Oct. 15 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars LOW POINT in the careers of ALL involved!
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. Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by LoVe2ReAd
5.0 out of 5 stars EDDIE
ALL I CAN SY IS GOTTA GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE CUS EDDIE IS A HOT MESS AND CUS HES MAD CRAZY.
Published on March 11 2003 by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Only One Woman for Him . . .
Wes Craven directed this movie starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett. Eddie Murphy is a perfect, suave, vampire from the old country looking for his soul mate . . . Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Antoinette Avalon
2.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
This movie fails both as a comedy and as a horror movie. Wes Craven and Eddie Murphy team up for a story of a Caribbean vampire who comes to New York to search for his 'queen. Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by adead_poet@hotmail.com
4.0 out of 5 stars The funniest Vampire spoof I've ever seen!!!!!!!!
Eddie Murphy is funny in this movie but, his lackey Julius Jones (Kadeem Hardison) is even more hilarious. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2001 by LadyLestat
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