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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Chris Parker, Michael Lucker, Vernon Lynch
  • Producers: Eddie Murphy, Dixie J. Capp
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303965792
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #829 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adead_poet@hotmail.com on June 24 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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.' It had the potential to be a good movie, either as a horror movie or as a parody of vampire movies. The problem is they tried to do both, a comedy and a horror story, and neither carried off very well. Murphy does do an excellent job as Maximillian (the lead role), and it might be one of his better performances. The other characters he played (a preacher and an Italian thug) were substandard. While Murphy's performance was great, the rest of the cast was wooden. Kadeem Hardison and John Witherspoon are the comic relief in the film. They are over the top and the movie just isn't horrific enough to need comic relief. It's not a movie I would bother with, unless you can catch it on Encore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allie on June 7 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL TAYLOR on 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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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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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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