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My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Horror, Romance | 6 May 1988 (USA)
After a sexual encounter with a beautiful client, a teenage delivery boy finds himself being turned into a vampire.

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Jimmy Huston

Writer:

Tab Murphy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Sean Leonard ... Jeremy Capello
LeeAnne Locken ... Candy Andrews (as Lee Anne Locken)
Cheryl Pollak ... Darla Blake
Cecilia Peck ... Nora
Fannie Flagg ... Mrs. Capello
Kenneth Kimmins ... Mr. Capello
Evan Mirand Evan Mirand ... Ralph
Michelle La Vigne Michelle La Vigne ... Flo
Harvey Christiansen Harvey Christiansen ... George
David Warner ... Professor Leopold McCarthy
Paul Willson ... Grimsdyke
Rene Auberjonois ... Modoc
Erica Zeitlin Erica Zeitlin ... Gloria
Gary Chason Gary Chason ... Drivers Ed Instructor
Kathy Bates ... 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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Vampires and teenagers are a lot alike. They're just misunderstood. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

LaPorte, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$174,380, 8 May 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$174,380
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the actors went on to act in the Star Trek Series: Rene Auberjonois went on to star as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). David Warner was in various Star Trek roles, most notably as Gul Madred in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Modoc: What better way to vanquish an enemy than to make him an ally?
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Referenced in Movie Nights: Vampire's Kiss (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The Vampire Hunting Business Bites!
7 March 2004 | by vertigo_14See 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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