Dare Daniel: Cage Match
Vampire’s Kiss (1989; Dir.: Robert Bierman) – Episode 124
“The tortures of the damned!”
Your boys are back! Daniel and Corky kick off their Cage Match series of Nicolas Cage movies by reviewing the Nouveau Shamanic maestro as a cockroach-chugging would-be bloodsucker in the Easton Ellis-adjacent Vampire’s Kiss. Cage makes more choices than E-40, all of them “Yup,” and the result is a feature-length supercut of classic Cage freakouts.
Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss bat’s-eye-view shots, domestic violence dance routines, James Caan shoulders and fang haggling.
VAMPIRE’S KISS FACTS AND FIGURES
U.S. theatrical debut: June 2, 1989
Domestic box office: $700,000 (production budget: $2 million)
Critics scores: 63 on Rotten Tomatoes; 30 on Metacritic
IMDB synopsis: “After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he’s turning into a vampire.”
This week’s referenced movies: Deadfall; Wild at Heart; Next; Knowing; Moonstruck; After Hours; Dancin’: It’s On!; Manhattan; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Peggy Sue Got Married; Eve’s Bayou; I Wanna Dance with Somebody; Les Miserables; Annie Hall; In the Company of Men; The Warriors; Citizen Kane; Nosferatu; Runaway; Joe’s Apartment; Renfield; The Shining; American Psycho; Cool as Ice