Scream Factory brings one classic supernatural comedy and an extremely problematic tale of the presumed undead to Blu-ray for the first time ever with the “Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits” Double Feature release. “Vampire’s Kiss” is questionable because of its uneven tone and unintentional annoyances thanks to one of the most unbearable accents ever heard from Nicolas Cage. Let’s just say that if you were to watch both of these movies in one night you might feel like you were on an emotionally draining rollercoaster ride.
In “Vampire’s Kiss,” the life of white-collar New Yorker Peter (Nicolas Cage) seems to revolve solely around making as much money and sleeping with as many women as possible. After a typical night of scouring trendy bars for some action, Peter manages to take home the sexy Rachel (Jennifer Beals), who bites him on the neck while they're in bed. The next day, Peter is certain he is now a vampire. Though no one shares his point of view and he hasn't changed physically, he dons fake fangs and begins stalking women.
“High Spirits” revolves around Irish hotelier Peter Plunkett (Peter O'Toole). The failed proprietor attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that wrongly portrays the property as haunted. Unfortunately, he fails to scare a single American tourist with his hokey and dreadfully unconvincing effects. When two actual ghosts, Mary (Daryl Hannah) and Martin (Liam Neeson), show up to add some authenticity, they end up falling for two guests, Sharon (Beverly D'Angelo) and Jack (Steve Guttenberg).
The bonus material for Scream Factory’s “Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits” Double Feature is less than what we’ve come to expect from the detail-oriented company. The most exciting extra is audio commentary by Director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage for “Vampire’s Kiss.” The fact that Cage would actually sit through this mess and talk about it is proof that he will do just about anything for a buck these days. I say this with the utmost respect for the man, who I fully support in even his most lampooned roles such as his “Ghost Rider” and “Left Behind” turns. A theatrical trailer is included as well.
“High Spirits” doesn’t have any special features. I can’t believe they couldn’t get a theatrical trailer or an interview with Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo, or even Peter Gallagher about the making of the film.
“Vampire’s Kiss” is rated R for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, alcohol and smoking, and frightening and intense scenes. There’s a short attempted rape scene which isn’t detailed. “High Spirits” is rated PG-13 for adult situations, language, alcohol and smoking, mild violence, and some frightening scenes.
Scream Factory’s “Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits” Double Feature is a mixed bag of horror comedy and failed social commentary. “Vampire’s Kiss” could be looked at as a sophisticated take on the phrase “looking for love in the all wrong place” if it weren’t so poorly executed. “High Spirits” saves the day with its gothic setting, all-star cast, and 1980’s flair. “Vampire’s Kiss” is one of those missteps that have to be seen to be believed while “High Spirits” is simply an enjoyable supernatural tale of romance and haunted hijinks.
Scream Factory’s “Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits” Double Feature is available now on Blu-ray.
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