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Vampire in Brooklyn (also known as Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn) is a 1995 American comedy horror film directed by Wes Craven, and starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett. Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, Zakes Mokae, and Joanna Cassidy co-star. Eddie Murphy wrote the film's script, along with Vernon Lynch and Charles Q. Murphy. In addition to playing the main character, Murphy also plays an alcoholic preacher and a foul-mouthed Italian gangster.

Plot summary

An abandoned ship crashes into a dockyard in Brooklynmarker, New Yorkmarker, and the ship inspector, Silas Green, inspects it, finding it full of corpses. Elsewhere, Julius, Silas' nephew, has a run-in with some Italian mobsters. Just as the two goons are about to kill Julius, Maximillian, a suave, mysterious vampire, intervenes and kills them. Soon after, Maximillian infects Julius with his vampiric blood, turning Julius into a slowly decaying ghoul; he then explains that he has come to Brooklyn in search of the Dhampir daughter of a vampire from his native Caribbeanmarker island in order to live beyond the night of the next full moon.

This Dhampir turns out to be Rita Veder, a police detective who is still dealing with the death of her mentally ill mother some months before. Rita begins having strange visions about her (or at least a woman that looks like her), and begins asking questions about her mother's past. Maximillian initiates a series of sinister methods to find out more about Rita and to further pull her into his thrall, including seducing and murdering her roommate Nikki, disguising himself as her preacher and a lowlife crook. After saving her from being run down by a car, Max gets a dinner date with Rita. While dancing with her, he bites her. Her only hope for remaining human is Maximillian dying berfore the next full moon. Rita eventually drives a stake through his heart, and he disintegrates, turning her back into a normal human. Meanwhile, Julius, now nearly completely decayed and without his master, finds Maximillian's ring and puts it on. He instantly transforms into a well-dressed (and well-endowed) vampire. Silas agrees to chauffeur Julius, and the two ride off into the night in the limousine.


In the United Statesmarker, the MPAA rated the film "R" for "strong language and vampire violence." In the UK, the movie was given a "15" certificate for "mild horror, dark humor of an adult theme, sex scenes, and language. The film was rated MA15+ in Australia for "Medium Level Coarse Language, Horror Theme".


  • Mitch Pileggi (of The X-Files fame) has an uncredited cameo as one of the two Italian gangsters killed by Maximillian. One of Pileggi's first film roles was in Wes Craven's Shocker.
  • Angela Bassett's stunt double, Sonja Davis, was killed in an accident during filming.
  • Maximillian's mullet hairstyle is lampooned by Optiganally Yours in their song "Poodleman" in which the narrator tells the titular figure not to restyle his hair as he "don't want to look like the Vampire of Brooklyn".
  • This was Eddie Murphy's last film to be distributed by Paramount Pictures - as his exclusive contract ended after this film – until 2006 when Murphy starred in Dreamgirls.




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