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.