Before Wes Craven’s career was revived by Scream, and before Eddie Murphy’s was by The Nutty Professor, the two of them made this.
Eddie Murphy is Maximillian, the last vampire, and he has come to Brooklyn looking for the one woman in the world who, if she becomes his mate, will save his race. That woman turns out to be Angela Bassett. Along the way, various denizens of Brooklyn run afoul of the supernatural creature.
This rather unusual collaboration doesn’t exact…y produce a classic, though Craven’s horror instincts shave off some (though not all) of Murphy’s more abrasive characteristics.
The audio is, in theory, good, but there is a problem with the current (though now being recalled) pressing: on the 5.1 track, the front right channel and the left surround channel have been switched, so the rear sound is surprisingly loud. The 2.0 surround track, however, is fine, with good surround presence from both the music and the sound effects.
The video is generally very good, though some of the night scenes are a little too uniformly bright. Otherwise, the blacks are solid, and the colours true (though again being someone unnatural those same night sequences). The picture is presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen.
Your basic menu, and your basic trailer. Period. Paragraph. End of story.
This is a curiosity more than a good movie as such. The sound and picture (once all is straightened out) aren’t bad, though.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer