There’s probably a very good reason why “Midnight Kiss” has never seen a DVD or Blu-Ray release, and that’s because it’s very much a cheesy nineties horror movie lacking any kind of focus. Sometimes it’s an erotic thriller, sometimes it’s a gory vampire movie, and other time it even dips in to something of a vigilante superhero movie. Fans of vampire flicks will hate its soapy late night cable porn aesthetic, while fans of erotic thrillers will dislike the gory vampire tale that ensues. I’m not sure who will enjoy the vigilante vampire cop aspect, but that’s only some of the problems behind this movie.
The base concept of “Midnight Kiss” is fine and pretty creative, it’s just Joel Bender never quite knows what kind of movie he wants to make right through to the very end. “Midnight Kiss” is a movie I fondly recall watching during the heydays of cable television, when it premiered on Cinemax late night. Years later, it’s not quite the entertaining and creepy vampire movie I recall it being, even in spite of some very good scenes (the morgue, and the drive thru scenes). I love the premise of a vampire obsessing over a woman he meant to bite, and forming a kind of “Fatal Attraction” dynamic with her. Again, it at least gets points for the idea.
There’s a nameless vampire roaming the streets of the city late at night, preying on all kinds of victims. After police begin finding his bodies, all of whom have gaping holes in their necks and their blood drained, they begin to scramble to find out who or what is causing these murders. Enter Carrie, a cop who investigates sex crimes and is brought in to investigate the body of the vampire’s latest victim who was being raped before he murdered her and her assailants. For some reason the vampire takes notice of Carrie and attempts to turn her, but she narrowly get away. Before she escapes, she’s bitten and begins to assume the urges of a normal vampire.
Hungry for blood, she begins obtaining super human abilities while struggling with her urge to murder to satiate her craving. All the while our long haired predator is obsessed with finding her and turning her in to his bride. The resident vampire known as “The Vampire” as played by Gregory Greer, looks like an extra from a Warrant music video, and he delights in chewing the scenery. Star Michelle Owens, otherwise, looks very bored most of the time, even when she begins transforming. Her plight is so derivative and tedious, and despite Greer’s performance, the movie never quite digs itself out of the doldrums as a humdrum vampire entry in to the direct to video market of the nineties.