Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Robert Sean Leonard, Fannie Flagg, Cheryl Pollak, Rene Auberjonois, David Warner
Directed by Bob Logan
Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
My Best Friend is a Vampire is one of those movies that you know you’ve seen before. Hell, I’m sure you can even describe specific scenes from it, but I’m willing to bet when push comes to shove you never would have remembered its title. I know I didn’t.
We meet Jeremy Capello (Leonard) during those awkward teenage years when getting laid is just about as important as breathing. The only hitch? Old Jer’s a bit of a nerd with no luck with chicks. One day while delivering groceries, he happens upon a new customer. A hot chick by the name of Nora. She invites him back for a nightcap, and as expected, once our twosome begins to get it on, things get a little touchy-bitey. Almost immediately after the canine insertion Prof. Leopold McCarthy (Warner) bursts in to kill the vamp and her now turned victim. Jeremy manages to make his getaway, but the damage was done. He’s about to become a bloodsucker.
So here’s his situation: He’s now a living vampire, the girl of his dreams thinks he’s weird enough already, his best friend is afraid of him, his folks think that he’s gay, and he has a pair of vampire hunters right up his ass. Poor kid! Good thing for him another vamp by the name of Modoc (a hilarious Auberjonois) is around to show him the ropes.
My Best Friend is a Vampire is a charming little flick. Fans old enough to remember it will be transported back to a much simpler time — one riddled with bad clothing and even worse hair. The only trouble is that around the third act or so the fun starts to become a bit stale. Things pick back up by the end, but more than likely this really dated little flick has lost most of you by then.
In terms of special features all that we get a trivia track. Not even a trailer. Ah, well. Whatever.
My Best Friend is a Vampire is a perfect little snapshot of 1989. It was a great old time while it lasted, but in the end you’ll be glad that you’ve moved on since then. Not bad. Not great. Just there.
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