Film Review: VAMP (1986)

Film Review: VAMP (1986)

Nov 4, 2016

In the past, my favorite Arrow Video releases have had a tendency to come from Asia. My favorite release of all time being The Female Prisoner Scorpion Collection. While I appreciate their love for eighties American horror, I get annoyed with the fact that many of them were already released by Anchor Bay. Films like Dead End Drive-In and The Initiation are awesome additions to their catalog, I just can’t see myself buying them again just because Arrow is putting them out on Blu-ray.

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With all of that being said, these are reviews with the collector in mind. So if you have been collecting for ten or twenty years, these new restorations may not be important to you. You may be a VHS horror hipster, refusing to upgrade. You may be from the DVD generation, refusing to spend twenty or thirty dollars on the Blus when you feel like you just bought the damn DVD. On the other hand, you may be a Blu-ray snob that is going to buy the highest resolution no matter what.

At least, for the most part, some of these BD restorations may be good for all of the collectors. You see, in the past I have cautioned you against some of the films that you really don’t need to see on Blu. Films like The Hills Have Eyes, The Stuff, and Bride of Re-Animator really didn’t need the restoration. For me, they are just as effective on VHS, and the Arrow restorations weren’t that great anyway. The opposite opinion comes out when I look at films like Vamp and Dead End Drive-In. These films both possess a sense of lighting and sound that were very well restored by Arrow Video.

For this collector, there are certain films worth re-purchasing. I would only recommend these purchases, of course, to people that love the specific genres, films, or certain aspects of cinematic style. With that being said, Vamp is an excellent example of weird eighties horror, blended with good comedy. Overshadowed by many peoples’ love for Fright Night and The Lost Boys, this may be a hidden gem for many viewers out there. Along with other lesser known classics like Slugs, Vamp could be an important collector for genre and generational fans.