Starring: Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard E. Grant and Jim Carter
Directed by: Uli Edel
Tony and his family move to Scotland because of his dads work and he’s struggling to fit in and make friends at school. He’s haunted by a recurring nightmare that turns into reality as he befriends a vampire and helps him and his family find what they’ve always wanted.
I will keep this movie review short and sweet as this movie was horrendously bad. My wife really likes this film from her childhood and I had never heard of it until we merged our DVD collections together and I knew that I would one day have to watch it. Just looking at the front cover I knew that I was going to dislike this movie but in the spirit of giving it a chance I tried to sit down and watch it with an open mind.
After the first 10-15 minutes of The Little Vampire I had already seen enough but persevered until the end, despite my sincere lack of enjoyment throughout the movie. Johnathan Lipnicki who plays main character Tony was so awful that it was painful to watch. His reactions were bad and ill timed, he couldn’t produce a tear during the final few scenes so one had to be provided for him and some of his lines were dubbed in as he obviously got them wrong while on set. As far as child actors go he has got to be one of the worst examples of one and to rest a movie on his shoulders giving his painful lack of ability was a poor decision as it only sets up the movie for failure.
The special effects were pretty lame too and didn’t help the movie in any way as the movie was clearly low budget with a lack of access to good CGI. The actors who played Tony’s parents (Pamela Gidley and Tommy Hinkley) were also really bad as they spectacularly failed to showcase any emotional range as they were very monotone and the way they reacted to certain incidents in the movie was simply head ache inducing. Richard E. Grant is a name that I’m somewhat familiar with as he’s appeared in a lot of movies and TV shows over the years and his performance was reasonably good but outside of him there was really nobody else that performed even at a mediocre level.
Overall, this movie was pretty awful and while it’s not the worst movie I’ve seen this year (that special privilege is currently held by The Bad Batch) it’s certainly one of them and at the end of the year I’d be very surprised if this doesn’t appear in my bottom 10. My wife probably thinks I’m stupid for criticising one of her favourite childhood movies like this but I guess I’m just going to have to deal with her stern looks for a while.