Watching the trailer for the Canadian-produced TV movie My Babysitter’s a Vampire (making its American premiere Friday on the Disney Channel), the most glaring thing I couldn’t wrap my head around is why a kid that far in his teens still needs a babysitter – a babysitter that looks to be the same age as him.
Is this boy a juvenile delinquent? Is he a total sissy? Are his parents super overprotective? What’s the deal? And is it really a good idea to pair a teenage boy almost assuredly experiencing hormonal overdrive with a really cute girl of an appropriate age for him to engage in the sort of carnal activity the adult film world has taught me always happens whenever an attractive babysitter is hired? That doesn’t seem right at all. Same reason I think it should be illegal for women to order pizza or hire handymen; I know what’s really going to happen after they answer the door.
Anyway, because I’m lazy, and because this a Disney movie I really don’t give a spit about, here’s the press release to better explain My Babysitter’s a Vampire:
My Babysitter’s a Vampire, a comedic spin on pop culture vampires and scary movies in general, tells the story of three teens who believe their new babysitter is a real bloodsucking creature of the night — and it’s now up to them to rid their sleepy little town of the menace. The movie premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 10 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Produced by Fresh TV and distributed by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), it will usher in a summer series premiering Monday, June 27 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT).
In the movie, geeky 14-year old Ethan (played by Matthew Knight) is left to babysit his younger sister, Jane (played by Ella Jonas Farlinger), with his best friend Benny (played by Atticus Mitchell). But after Ethan inadvertently puts Jane in harm’s way, his parents hire a professional sitter, the beautiful yet mysterious 17-year-old Sarah (played by Vanessa Morgan), who, unbeknownst to them, is actually a fledgling vampire.
When the boys discover Sarah’s secret, she enlists their help in stopping her vampire ex-boyfriend, Jesse, from taking over their town, Whitechapel. Along the way they discover that Whitechapel holds a few secrets of its own and that they themselves might actually even have supernatural powers. When fans of the newest vampire movie “Dusk 3” gather for its premiere, Jesse and his clan of followers plan their vengeance on Whitechapel that night, and only Sarah, Ethan and Benny can stop them from destroying their town.
The story was created by the award-winning team of Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, with screenplay by Tim Burns. My Babysitter’s a Vampire was developed by Fresh TV in association with Teletoon. Executive producers are Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, Brian Irving and George Elliott, as well as FME’s Sander Schwartz and Bob Higgins.
But will My Babysitter’s a Vampire be as good as My Best Friend is a Vampire, My Grandpa is a Vampire, My Son, The Vampire, or I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle? If you’re Canadian, then you probably already know the answer. We Americans will have to wait and find out this Friday on Disney.