Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Reluctant Vampire 

A good natured vampire takes a more novel approach to satisfying his blood lust with his chosen undercover employment.



(screenplay), (comic books)

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Episode cast overview:
Sandra Dickinson ...
Sally (as Sandra Searles Dickinson)
Mr. Crosswhite
Det. Robinson
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Gloria Dawson ...
Old Lady


Donald Longtooth is a vampire with a conscience. Rather than feed on innocent people the un-dead creature of the night obtains the supply of blood he needs by other means. Which is working the night shift as a security guard in a Blood Bank. Problems arise when Donald's mean spirited boss, Mr. Corsswhite informs the staff at the bank that there will have to be budget cuts made due to the shortages of blood. The thought of the other staff members losing their jobs due to Donald's pilfering pricks the un-dead blood-suckers conscience and he hits upon a way of replenishing the stock which attracts the attention of a relentless vampire slayer. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Release Date:

10 July 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Longtooth: Have you had any dental work in the last 72 hours?
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References Dracula (1931) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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A Cloak-work Orange
22 February 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Sorry but I mainly just wanted to comment this episode because I thought the review title, referring to lead actor Malcolm McDowell's most famous film as well as a vampire's favorite piece of clothing, was hilarious! And that word pretty much sums up the whole episode suitably…HILARIOUS! "The Reluctant Vampire" is probably the least bloodiest and least horrific episode of all the seven "Tales from the Crypt" seasons, but it's irresistibly comical with its splendid B-movie cast and subtle inside jokes about classic horror. McDowell (with a tiny little ponytail) is great as the fatigue vampire Longtooth who, after centuries of killing human preys, found a terrific job as a night guard in a big city blood bank where he can simply drink the red stuff from hygienic bags. However, business is slow and Longtooth is forced to go out at night and kill anyway. He's quickly suspected of vampirism by his greedy employer Crosswhite and the unstoppable Dr. Van Helsing. The latter is played by the underrated actor Michael Berryman who looks genuinely menacing again, thanks to his natural appearance and gigantic eyes. George Wendt (the legendary Norm from sitcom "Cheers") plays the role of bastard and that also means he has the best lines, like "Time's up Lugosi… What it'll be?" To state even more that the emphasis of this episode really lays on comedy, there're some cool gimmicks such as a foldaway coffin and a sexually obsessed, middle-aged secretary. "The Reluctant Vampire" is very relaxing to watch in between two gorier episodes of the same series.

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