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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candy Andrews (as Lee Anne Locken)
Cheryl Pollak ...
Darla Blake
Fannie Flagg ...
Mrs. Capello
Mr. Capello
Evan Mirand ...
Michelle La Vigne ...
Harvey Christiansen ...
Professor McCarthy
Erica Zeitlin ...
Gary Chason ...
Drivers Ed Instructor
Helen Blake (as Kathy D. Bates)


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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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Was a Teenage Vampire  »

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Did You Know?


Fannie Flagg, who plays Jeremy's mother, is also the author of the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Kathy Bates, who plays Darla's mother, starred as one of the main characters in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), the movie adaption of that novel. See more »


When Grimsdyke is chasing Ralph during the student driver scene just as they turn on a main road you can see the street blocked off by a police officer and a crowd of onlookers watching the filming. See more »


Ralph: She sucked your what?
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Referenced in Movie Nights: Vampire's Kiss (2016) See more »


Scream Machine
Written by Mark Taylor
Arranged by Paul Lavender
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The Vampire Hunting Business Bites!
7 March 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

My Best Friend is a Vampire follows a long line of fun films about supernatural occurences disrupting an already awkward period of teenage development just as it did in My Mom's a Werewolf (teenager's mother turns into a werewolf), My Boyfriend's Back (girlfriend's dead boyfriend rises from the grave), and I Was a Teenaged Zombie (teenager's friends turns zombie to fight zombie drug dealer), and the list goes on.

This was surprisingly a very entertaining film about a young boy who, upon almost losing his virginity to a strange older woman is a strange old house, is given the bite that turns him into a vampire. Now a professor and his idiot assistant, vampire hunters, want to kill the vampire that is on the loose. The only problem is, they've mistaken his friend as their undead target.

The funniest parts of the movie involve a lot of great slapstick humor between Ralph, the vampire's best friend, and the vampire hunters who seem to follow him at every turn, although he can't figure out why. Even more amusing is the vampire teenager learning to cope with being a vampire thanks to the help of an older man, an English vampire mentor. With the help of dark glasses and a large stock of pigs blood, maybe life as a teenaged vampire won't be all that bad. It just makes shaving a little hard when you can't get your reflection in the bathroom mirror. And even more amusing than that is the misconception that the vampire's parents have about him. I would've guessed that they would have thought their little Johnny was on dope, but their mistake is actually much funnier.

Plus, you have a pretty good soundtrack to boot with the dominating song being Timbuk 3's "The Future's So Bright."

If this is your forte of films, the 80s horror/comedies, you should likely enjoy this one. It doesn't bite!

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