Lawrence O'Toole
March 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Vampyr

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Fiona O'Neill, Omar Ebrahim
director
Nigel Finch
genre
musical, Horror

We gave it an A-

Subtitled ”a soap opera,” this clever modernization of Heinrich Marschner’s 1827 opera — in which vampirism has inevitably evolved into big business — is wildly entertaining and unexpectedly erotic, a cornucopia of camp and kitsch, shot with the ceaseless energy of a music video. Even people who don’t care about opera will be won over by The Vampyr: When the characters sing words like ”Oh, s—!” in recitative, all of this sounds hilariously, perfectly at home. A-

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