American Vampire Release Date: 1997 Genre: Comedy | Horror Director: Luis Esteban Writer: Rollin Jarrett (Laws of Deception) Starring: Carmen Electra Before breaking out thanks to the dream team combination of appearing on “Baywatch” and having sex with Dennis Rodman, Carmen Electra wasn’t exactly choosy when it came to the projects she worked on. Despite […]

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American Vampire
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Comedy | Horror
Director: Luis Esteban
Writer: Rollin Jarrett (Laws of Deception)
Starring: Carmen Electra

Before breaking out thanks to the dream team combination of appearing on “Baywatch” and having sex with Dennis Rodman, Carmen Electra wasn’t exactly choosy when it came to the projects she worked on.

Despite being on the cover, Electra, along with another female also portraying a vampire, actually play second fiddle to the main characters, Frankie and Moondoggie. Frankie is the relatively precocious young man who eagerly anticipates his parents’ summer vacation, while Moondoggie is, well, a charismatic vampire. Naturally, Frankie and Moondoggie meet, and after a miscommunication, him and his pair of bloodsucking vamps, including his female loyalists Sulka (Electra) and Dee Dee, believe that they are in the right to stay at Frankie’s house all summer. Frankie eventually finds out that they’re vampires, and decides to seek out The Big Kahuna (West), a descendant of the Van Helsingmeister family, to solve his problem.

While the cover art makes this look like an erotic thriller starring Electra, it is deceiving. For one, that’s a Photoshop job on Electra’s face, as she never dons vampire make-up. Second, it’s played for laughs, without any skin being shown.

And by laughs, of course, I mean small chuckles on its best day.

Nothing here particularly works. The 80s feel (despite being produced in 1999), complete with cheesy music playing over Frankie walking off into the sunset to end the movie, was appreciated, but that doesn’t exactly help its case. If anything here is good, it’s Adam West. While “Family Guy” would go onto show just how incredibly campy the man can be, this was a nice predecessor. West rocks it out in a performance that likely took two days to film, with many of his lines seemingly ad-libbed.

In the end, this isn’t really worth a look. It’s filmed well with an adequate budget, but that’s about it.

DVD: Apparently the movie has what is called a “Cat Track,” which is essentially an audio commentary with a comedy troupe making fun of it for ninety minutes. I didn’t watch the DVD, though, so I sadly didn’t get to hear it.

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