THE LITTLE VAMPIRE
Could there be a kid-pic about vampires? What's next? Mr. Dahmer's
Neighborhood? Freddy Krueger on Sesame Street? All cynicism aside,
The Little Vampire is a sprightly romp, funny, full of life lessons, and
scary. Bespectacled American boy Tony Thompson (Jonathan Lipnicki, the adorable
one in Jerry Maguire) and his family have transplanted to a huge castle
in Scotland. Tony's picked on at school and has recurring nightmares about
vampires. Then one night a bat flies into his room and morphs into a vampire
kid named Rudolph (Rollo Weeks). After getting over the jitters that come with
entertaining a teen bloodsucker, Tony helps Rudolph find a cow for a blood
apéritif. The two bond and embark on a quest to find the mystical amulet
that can save Rudolph and his family.
The script, based on Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's book and directed by Ulrich Edel
(Last Exit to Brooklyn), is uneven, but at least the vampire cows and
lines like "My parents would love to have your parents for dinner" are
hysterical. Richard E. Grant is a plus as the Dracula-esque pa vamp, and Jim
Carter is a goofy riot as the disorderly vampire slayer.
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