Made and marketed for children, this delightful family-values movie leaves
many 'serious' vampire movies standing.
The casting is great, the action continuous, and the comedy runs from
super-subtle to slapstick.
The story revolves around a lonely boy, taken by his parents from the
US to Scotland, and now bullied and derided at school. His nightmares,
in those circumstances, seem understandable, but they also hold the key
to a local vampire clan regaining their humanity.
The film - equally understandably - glosses over the vampire existence,
and emphasizes the clan's reliance on cow's blood, but there are indications
of a guiltier past, mostly shown through the obsessional, if ineffectual
pursuit of the clan by a vampire hunter.
We can only imagine what he might have achieved, if more intelligent,
but he does come equipped with a pursuit vehicle, equipped for some slaying.
What can this film teach us about vampire hunting ... not a lot; the
hunter relies entirely on light, and while he has assembled a bewildering
array of bright lights, he's entirely missed the point; it is not the
brightness that slays the vampire, but the appropriate tones. After all,
moonlight never hurt a vampire, and neither would most articial light.
Sunlight is the name of the game, and hunters need to develop artificial
sunlight, not any old light!
Luckily for the hunter, the vampires are not too hot on their optical
physics, and are paralysed by the lights .....
A very funny movie, with no pretensions, great acting, and smooth direction.
- Starring: Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard E. Grant
- Director: Uli Edel
- Encoding: Discs are Region Specific (Read
more about DVD formats.)
- Content - especially extras - may vary between countries of origin
- Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Widescreen
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001