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My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Horror, Romance | 6 May 1988 (USA)
Young student finds himself being transformed to a vampire after a night with a quite attractive female vampire. First, he does not quite believe it himself, but with the help of a 300 year... See full summary »

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Candy Andrews (as Lee Anne Locken)
Cheryl Pollak ...
Darla Blake
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Nora
Fannie Flagg ...
Mrs. Capello
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Ralph
Michelle La Vigne ...
Flo
Harvey Christiansen ...
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Grimsdyke
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Modoc
Erica Zeitlin ...
Gloria
Gary Chason ...
Drivers Ed Instructor
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Helen Blake (as Kathy D. Bates)
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Young student finds himself being transformed to a vampire after a night with a quite attractive female vampire. First, he does not quite believe it himself, but with the help of a 300 year old teacher and the handbook "vampirism - a guide to an alternative lifestyle", he finds out that blood does not taste as bad as he expected. Of course, he does not bite women, as a good guy he sticks to pig blood which is offered by the local butcher as a special offer for vampires. Trouble rises when a vampire hunter tries to track him down with wooden sticks and silver bullets... Written by Hanno Mueller <mueller@kogs.informatik.uni-hamburg.de>

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A brief scene where Jeremy and Darla are on their first date was filmed in the parking lot adjacent to Eleanor Tinsley Park. See more »

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When Jeremy Capello (Robert Sean Leonard) is in the kitchen you hear the traffic report on the radio. Reference is made of an accident on Kirby at Montrose. The streets do not intersect but are parallel and are separated about 5 miles apart. See more »

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Modoc: What better way to vanquish an enemy than to make him an ally?
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References Get Smart (1965) See more »

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Heartbeat Getting Stronger
Written by Nicholas Tremulis and Roger Reupert
Performed by Nicholas Tremulis
© 1985 Black Lion Music/Bad Dad's Music
Courtesy of Island Records
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Surely a teenager is too young to be long in the tooth.
17 April 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Young Jeremy Capello (Robert Sean Leonard) is a typical 1980s good guy. A bit shy, a bit quiet and a bit desperate to lose his virginity. If only so that it will shut up his best friend, Ralph (Evan Mirand). He ends up spending some time in the arms of an older woman who then bites his neck and, as the title hints at, turns him into a vampire. Which is a bit of a shame, as he now wants to date Darla Blake (Cheryl Pollak) and suddenly dealing with a major allergy to garlic and pointy teeth could severely cramp his style. Fellow vampire, Modoc (Rene Auberjonois), tries to offer advice and make the transition smoother for him while two hapless vampire hunters (played by David Warner and Paul Wilson) try to offer him a stake.

Written by Tab Murphy and directed by Jimmy Huston, this movie is best remembered for it's cast than those behind the scenes. The script, and execution of the material, isn't all that bad but it's the performances that make this movie as enjoyable as it is.

It's quite similar to Once Bitten (the teen vamp comedy with Jim Carrey in the lead role) but treads with a slightly gentler step, mixing the comedy in with less overt whackiness.

Robert Sean Leonard makes for a pleasant lead and the supporting cast are all pretty good, with Evan Mirand providing the most entertainment as the best friend who just manages to avoid being annoying. Cheryl Pollak does just fine as the woman initially hiding her beauty behind *gasp, shock* a pair of spectacles.

This is light entertainment, well done but with nothing to make it unmissable. Things, perhaps inevitably, get a bit silly at the end but it's in line with the good-natured way that the whole bloodsucking business is dealt with throughout so quite forgivable, if slightly anti-climactic.


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