Vampire in Brooklyn
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Comedian Eddie Murphy tried something different with this 1995 film that he produced and co-wrote, enlisting veteran horror director Wes Craven to give the story some chills. The uneven comedy-horror tale features Murphy as a vampire named Maximillian who arrives in Brooklyn on a ship full of people who have been brutally murdered. One of the corpses on board closely resembles that of Rita (Angela Bassett), one of the detectives assigned to the case. Maximillian targets Rita, hoping to get a dance with her that will bring her under his control. He enlists the help of a worker named Julius… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vampire in Brooklyn is neither funny nor frightening and comes up a tedious middle-road hybrid from veteran scaremeister Wes Craven, who directed."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"They're no match, though, for the crushing disappointment of having to watch Murphy on the comic sidelines. It's like going to a Barbra Streisand concert and being asked to listen with her while the rhythm section sings."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Given the talent involved, it's almost impressive how much of a misfire the film is."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Essentially little more than a romantic triangle with a 'good versus evil' twist, it's not a bad film, but it is also neither winningly funny enough to exploit Murphy's talents nor bitingly scary enough to exploit Craven's."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Lightweight fun."
‑ Scott Rosenberg, San Francisco Examiner
"Neither as good as it might be nor as bad as you might expect."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Doesn't live up to its promise or premise."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Oh, Wes, what did we all do to deserve this?"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The horror relies on special effects so obvious that the scares are compromised."
‑ Catherine Cantieri, Apollo Guide
"Kadeem Hardison is the best thing about this film, playing Maximillian's slowly rotting ghoul henchman. However; one has to wonder about a film where Eddie Murphy needs comic relief."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"To call this a comedy is a sign of optimism; to call it a comeback for Murphy is a sign of blind faith."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Never funny enough to pass muster as a comedy and never scary enough (if at all) to make it as a horror movie."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Is it comedy? Is it horror? Uneven film that never lives up to its potential as either."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"The bottom line is that Vampire in Brooklyn is funny and gross, but saddled with a pedestrian storyline that denies any real magic in its premise and sinks its potential as a dark fantasy."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Neither all that scary nor all that hilarious, Vampire in Brooklyn falls directly between the two, into the valley of mediocrity."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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