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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 dvdPublished on Nov. 1 2013 by leona lapointe
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 morePublished on March 19 2013 by DeanWinchester79
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 morePublished on April 20 2004 by Travlee
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 morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Michael Bolts
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
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 morePublished on June 21 2003 by LoVe2ReAd
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
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