Michael Sauter
April 19, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Vampire in Brooklyn

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
performer
Angela Bassett, Wes Craven, Eddie Murphy
director
Wes Craven
Producer
Eddie Murphy
author
Eddie Murphy
genre
Comedy, Horror

We gave it an D

Eddie Murphy’s career funk continues with Vampire in Brooklyn, as he plays a Caribbean vampire in the hood (don’t ask), sleepwalking through the usual undead clichés (mirrors, garlic, red-lined cape), while director Wes Craven tries to update the bloodless business with some comically grisly touches — such as the ”ghoul” chauffeur (Kadeem Hardison) whose body parts keep falling off. The result is a lethally leaden horror comedy, not at all helped by Murphy’s gimmicky morphing sequences, in which he masquerades as other characters under tons of makeup. Fast-forward through his pompadoured preacher shtick and you’ll be five minutes closer to the end.

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