“Vampire’s Kiss” Podcast Movie Review

Nicolas Cage in a phone booth wearing fake fangs in Vampire's Kiss (1988).

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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.


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: DeadfallWild at HeartNextKnowingMoonstruckAfter HoursDancin’: It’s On!ManhattanThe Cabinet of Dr. CaligariPeggy Sue Got MarriedEve’s BayouI Wanna Dance with SomebodyLes MiserablesAnnie HallIn the Company of MenThe WarriorsCitizen KaneNosferatuRunawayJoe’s ApartmentRenfieldThe ShiningAmerican PsychoCool as Ice


Vampire’s Kiss trailer

Wailing Cage

Cockroach Cage

Charles Foster Kane vs. furniture

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