Video Review

The Vampyr (1994)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Horror, Musical; With: Fiona O'Neill and Omar Ebrahim

Subtitled ''a soap opera,'' this clever modernization of Heinrich Marschner's 1827 opera — in which vampirism has inevitably evolved into big business — is wildly entertaining and unexpectedly erotic, a cornucopia of camp and kitsch, shot with the ceaseless energy of a music video. Even people who don't care about opera will be won over by The Vampyr: When the characters sing words like ''Oh, s---!'' in recitative, all of this sounds hilariously, perfectly at home. A-

Originally posted Mar 18, 1994 Published in issue #214 Mar 18, 1994 Order article reprints