Katherine's punk brother disappears one night and she ends up hiring a private detective, Rafe Guttman. Once Rafe finds that her brother went to a brothel Katherine thinks that's all there is to it, but Rafe feels that something just isn't right. And he was right, as the whores in the brothel are dying to suck blood more than anything else. Is her brother dead, or is he one of them now?
I actually grew up on these two "Tales from the Crypt" movies more than the actual show - although I watched the show first for a period of time, I can barely remember any of the episodes I saw. I was a huge fan of "Demon Knight" and "Bordello of Blood", though. But unlike "Demon Knight" which I have watched multiple times since being a kid, "Bordello of Blood" I hadn't seen since. Needless to say, I was excited to revisit this little flick and as expected I understood the comedy a lot more this time around as well.
Me being fairly against vampire movies nowadays (for obvious reasons), there are still several that I enjoy (like why would I dislike the old classics?). I also enjoy the more entertaining 80's flicks like "The Lost Boys", "Near Dark" and "Fright Night". And that's where "Bordello of Blood" comes in, with the same kind of attitude, similar sort of comedy, equally violent with pretty good FX, and non-faggy vampires.
This one (as I'm sure you suspect) is about vampire whores! The only way to reach the brothel where they "work" is to climb down a casket and ride through a crematorium. Caleb (Corey Feldman) disappears after a happy visit to this brothel, and his sister Katherine (Erika Eleniak) hires a private detective, Rafe (Dennis Miller), to track him down. Soon a story of an old, thirsty vampire named Lilith is revealed, and Rafe understands that there is much more to this than a missing-person case.
Rafe is essentially the person who carries the movie on his shoulders with his wit and attitude, but it wouldn't have pleased me as much as it did hadn't it been for all the boobs and the gore. The FX go from alright to great, and the boobs do as well. It's essentially up there with "Demon Knight" in the FX, but I suppose it's not as gory and the vampires usually only have fangs where the demons in "Demon Knight" were nasty-looking fuckers. It's also more straight-forward in its comedy, making this slightly more light-hearted. But don't show it to your kids!
One thing that strikes me as odd is the similarities to "From Dusk till Dawn", which came the same year. The entire situation is similar to some extent, the vampires share style a bit, some jokes/scenes seem similar. Because they are both 1996 films I am sure it's a coincident, but it's impossible to ignore that it's there. Has either party said something about this at some point? Did the scripts go around to the same people? Fuck, I don't know, and I don't really care as I think they are both pretty fun movies and in the end the differences are plentiful.
What can I say about "Bordello of Blood" that you don't get out of the title (especially the full title "Tales from the Crypt presents: Bordello of Blood")? You understand that it's a "Tales from the Crypt" film, that it's about vampires in a bordello, and you suspect that it's comedic. And there you have it, that's what you get. Not as great as "Demon Knight", but still one hell of an entertaining movie that you should watch if you urge for some fun vampires, and boobies!