Vampire in Brooklyn
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -3

Eddie Murphy is back again, but this time, instead of playing a funny man, he's Maximillian, the last of a race of vampires. He saves Julius (Kadeem Hardison), the nephew of the night watchman down at the docks, from mob goons. Maximillian makes Julius his ghoul-slave to help him look for the last surviving vampire woman, a half-human who doesn't know her father was a vampire. She turns out to be Rita (Angela Bassett), a cop assigned to investigate the murders Max commits. His efforts to convert Rita to his lifestyle are unsuccessful. She and her partner, Justice (Allen Payne) realize they are not dealing with an ordinary killer, and seek out Dr. Zeko (Zakes Mokae), an authority on the occult. When Rita falls under Max's spell, can Justice and Dr. Zeko bring her back? Will she want to be human again? Eddie's lame attempt to regain his box office appeal flounders in VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN.

In one scene, Max assumes the identity of Rita's whiskey-drinking pastor. The vampire begins to burn in the church, so he takes the congregation outside and preaches that evil is good because it shows us what good is. Julius as a ghoul begins to lose parts of his body, which is treated humorously. First an ear, then a hand and later an arm breaks off and an eyeball pops out. More gruesome, however, is Murphy ripping the heart out of a mobster and showing it to him. Sometimes it's sounds and images that define the action. Screams are heard after the sounds of sex, and blood drips from a keyhole when Max murders Rita's roommate. Noted for his offensive language, Murphy spews out over 100 obscenities and many profanities. References to casting spells and satanic makeup add to the appearance of Max's evil. The humor may be biting at times but this trick is no treat. Its graphic violence, offensive language and mockery of religion are disgusting.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Crude Language: Many (75) times - Mild 32, moderate 43
Obscene Language: Many (110) times - F-word 54, s-word 52, other 3, finger gesture
Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 11 (GD, J), Exclamatory 2
Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (shooting, heart pulled out of chest, body parts break off and tossed, tongue stretched, blood drips from keyhole, cat shot, thrown on table, slap, biting, scratching, sounds of neck breaking, stake in stomach, toss through window, hits, kicks, stake into heart, dog explodes)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied once by sounds
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Girl implies willingness for sex by seductive pose, references to sex, sensual kiss, man's shirt ripped off)
Drug Abuse: Preacher shown drinking whiskey
Other: Cockroach eaten, Lord's prayer said when afraid, faith shown as key to defeating evil; satirical church service
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Intended Audience: Older teenagers and young adults

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