Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

USA, 1988
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American comedy horror film directed by Robert Bierman.

Plot Summary

A stressed literary agent believes that he’s been bitten by a vampire and begins to behave erratically. But is he really becoming one of the undead or is he just going mad?


Directed by: Robert Bierman
© 1988 Hemdale Film Corporation
John Daly and Derek Gibson present for Hemdale Film Corporation a Magellan Pictures production
Produced by: Barry Shils and Barbara Zitwer
Line Producer: Michael Thomas
Associate Producers: Marcia Muraskin Shulman, Adine Duron, Matthew Ferro
Written by: Joseph Minion
Director of Photography: Stefan Czapsky
Edited by: Angus Newton
Music by: Colin Towns
Sound Mixer: Rolf Pardula
Costume Design: Irene Albright
Hair and Make-Up Design: Hollywood DiRusso
Special Make-Up Effects: Ed French
Bat Design: Rodger Shaw
Bat Effects: George Chamberlain
Visual Effects:
Production Design: Christopher Nowack

Nicolas Cage (Peter Loew)
Maria Conchita Alonso (Alva Restrepo)
Jennifer Beals (Rachel)
Kasi Lemmons (Jackie)
Bob Lujan (Emilio)
Elizabeth Ashley (Dr Glaser)
Jessica Lundy (Sharon)
John Walker (Donald)
Boris Leskin (fantasy cabbie)
Michael Knowles (Andrew)
John Michael Higgins (Ed)
Jodie Markell (joke girl)
Marc Coppola (joke guy)
David Pierce (theatre guy)
Amy Stiller (theatre girl)
Helen Lloyd Breed (secretary in ladies room)
Sol Echevarria (Alva’s mother)
Jill Gatsby (victim girl)
Rex Robbins (Rex Robbins)

Alternative Titles

Banpaia kissu – Japanese title
O Beijo do Vampiro – Portuguese title
El beso del vampiro – Mexican title
Besos de vampiro – Spanish title
Embrasse-moi, vampire – French title
Erotas me tin proti dagomatia – Greek title
Um Estranho Vampiro – Brazilian title
Hvem «tenner» hvem – Norwegian title
Hvem har taget mine tænder? – Danish title
Pocalunek wampira – Polish title
Poljubac vampira – Croatian, Serbian title
Sarutul vampirului – Romania title
Stress da vampiro – Italian title
A vámpír csókja – Hungarian title
Vampire’s Kiss: Ein beißendes Vergnügen – German, West German title
Vampyyrin suudelma – Finnish title
Ερωτας με την Πρώτη Δαγκωματιά – Greek title
Поцелуй вампира – Soviet Russian title
Целувката на вампира – Bulgarian title

Includes extracts from
Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

Extracts included in
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017)



  • American Film vol.14 no.8 (June 1989) pp.67-68 – illustrated interview with Nicolas Cage
  • Cinefantastique vol.19 no.3 (March l989) p.17 – illustrated article (Vampire’s Kiss by Daniel M. Kimmel)
  • Cinefantastique vol.20 no.1/2 (November 1989) p.117 – review (by Judith P. Harris)
  • City Limits no.478 (29 November 1990) p.28 – illustrated review
  • Empire no.18 (December 1990) pp.36 – illustrated review (New films by Angie Errigo)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.299 no.18 (13 October 1987) p.22 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.307 no44 (6 June 1989) pp.4,69 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.57 no.683 (December 1990) pp.369-370 – illustrated credits, symopsis, review
  • Positif no.349 (March 1990) p.77 – illustrated credits, review
  • Post Script vol.12 n2 Winter 1993 pp.54-62 – illustrated article (The concept of ‘excess’ in film acing: Notes towards an Understanding of Non-naturalistic Performance by Carole Zucker)
  • Sight & Sound vol.1 no4 (August 1991) pp.59 – video review
  • Starburst no.137 (January 1990) p.23 – illustrated review
  • Time Out no.1058 (28 November 1990) p.37 – illustrated review
  • Variety 21 September 1988 pp.31, 92 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.454
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.287-288
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.613
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.541