Sunday, April 26, 2009

DVD Evaders: Dance Of The Damned (1988)

Director Katt Shea's forgotten low budget DANCE OF THE DAMNED can be best described as this: A suicidal Stripper one particularly devastating night meets up with a mulleted vampire at the sleazy club where she dances, and they in turn reenact My Dinner With Andre...By way of anger, bloodletting, desperation, exotic dancing and of course existentialism.

The surprise you'll find in this thick slice of late 80's fashion, hair choices and art direction are some genuine moments of honesty and yearning.

The suicidal stripper and mulleted vampire are 2 very desperate souls and they connect in a most interesting way. There may be no real dinner other than some blood sucking, but their conversations are unique and the dialogue rings with a real truth and sadness.

Every time I watch this film I truly get caught up in it's charms, overlooking the obvious budgetary restrictions and bad hair.

If the prospect of watching a vampire poke someone's eye out with a flying rose from his lapel while later helping someone to learn some of the meanings of and to appreciate life, you might want to check out this film before it's damned forever.



Keith said...

I've never seen this before. I'll have to check it out.

The Vicar of VHS said...

I caught this one back in my college days of 49 cent Hastings rentals, and the following week rented another movie called (I think) "To Sleep with a Vampire," that had almost exactly the same plot. I always meant to find out whether it was a conscious remake, but then I forgot and never did, and now I'm too lazy...that google search bar is all the way over *there*, and it's been a long day. ;)

FWIW, I do remember preferring this one--knowing how I was at the time, the preference was probably based entirely on relative boob-quality. :D

Cinema Du Meep said...

Ah yes. I seem to recall Roger Corman doing a remake of it as DAMNED performed pretty well for concorde.

Amanda By Night said...

I remember looking at this video often at the video store, but never rented it. You said the two magic words... Katt Shea.

I love her.

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