My Best Friend Is a Vampire

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"Vampires and teenagers are a lot alike. They're just misunderstood."
  • PG
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.0  (4,194)

My Best Friend Is a Vampire is a 1987 comedy-horror film directed by Jimmy Huston, starring Robert Sean Leonard, Evan Mirand, and LeeAnne Locken. The movie was released at a time when horror-comedy films were popular, satirizing the traditional horror tropes while still possessing their elements. The film is aimed at teenagers and follows the adventures of an average high school student, who finds himself turned into a vampire without his consent.

The movie begins with typical high school students trying to solve the age-old problem of asking their crush out to prom. Our protagonist, Jeremy Capello (Robert Sean Leonard), who is shy and timid, has a crush on Darla Blake (LeeAnne Locken), the most popular girl in school. While trying to gather the courage to ask her out, he stumbles across a mysterious woman in a costume shop who offers him a love potion. In his desperate attempt, he agrees to take the potion, unaware that it wasn't a love potion instead a potion that turns him into a vampire.

The next day, Jeremy starts to notice some oddities about his behavior, becoming sensitive to sunlight, suddenly increased strength, and having bouts of thirst for blood. He discovers he has been turned into a vampire and immediately turns to his best friend, Ralph (Evan Mirand), to help him out. Ralph, who is obsessed with all things horror, is initially skeptical. However, upon observing Jeremy’s fangs and other signs, he starts to believe him and offers his services as a research consultant to help better understand what has happened.

The real trouble starts when Darla notices changes in Jeremy and starts to suspect that he is seeing another girl. When Jeremy's thirst for blood starts to affect his behavior, his friends must find a solution to save him from being exposed. Ralph turns to his horror movie guidebook and discovers a method to reverse the vampirism. Time is running out, and with the government “vampire-fighting” team hot on their trail, they must find a way to reverse the curse before it's too late.

The film is an excellent example of blending comedy and horror genres together. The screenplay adds a new twist to the classic genre, incorporating elements of teenage romance, friendship, and typical 80s teen movie feel. The comedy is delivered in a manner that parodies traditional horror themes, poking fun at classic horror tropes while at the same time, paying homage to them.

Robert Sean Leonard gives an extraordinary performance as Jeremy, portraying his transition from an average high school kid to a blood-sucking vampire. Evan Mirand brings the perfect mix of humor and support, playing the role of Jeremy’s best friend. LeeAnne Locken gives a convincing performance as Darla, the popular girl who suspects something isn't quite right with Jeremy.

The film’s soundtrack consists of music from famous artists such as J.S Worthy, Mark Safan, and Karen Lawrence, which complements the feel-good vibe of the film. The movie's visual effects were made relatively low-budget, which gives the movie an authentic feel of the cheesy horror movies of the 1980s.

In conclusion, My Best Friend Is a Vampire is an entertaining movie that balances horror, comedy with teenage romance. Although the storyline is relatively predictable, it's well-executed, making it an enjoyable watch. The production value of the film is relatively low, but it has a quirky nature that delivers a feel-good vibe at the end of the film. Overall, it's an essential watch for people who love 80s horror-comedy. This movie is ideal for teens entering their lives in the horror genre and finding a good starting point.

My Best Friend Is a Vampire is a 1988 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    6.0  (4,194)