Horror Review: My Best Friend Is A Vampire (1987)

After a sexual encounter with a beautiful client, a teenage delivery boy finds himself being turned into a vampire.

Sometimes with certain films you know exactly what you’re getting in to, from the first few seconds of this film and with that one sheet, you know you’re in for a fun film.

Let me transport you back to the 1980’s, a decade where films didn’t all have to be serious or have hidden meanings and depths, you could just watch a feature for just pure entertainment value and that’s it. It was a simpler time and it was most certainly a great time for film fans in general.

What we have here is a great example of this, a mixture of an 80’s teen comedy style film with elements of Horror. Sure. some of you may not like the fact that it leans to much on the teen/comedy elements but you have to remember that the 80’s was filled with a lot of teen vampire films, this helped it stand out.

Everything just seems to gel together so well in this feature. The cast have great chemistry, the writing is really well done and the characters are so much fun to watch. You’ll definitely laugh more than being scared but the difference is you’re laughing along with it, not at it.

I don’t know if this sounds weird but I find this film very charming, just thinking about it puts a smile on my face, especially the ‘Vampire Hunters’. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but they’re hilarious and they even say my favourite line of the film (something to do with cholesterol, if you know you know).

“My Best Friend Is A Vampire” is pure 80’s entertainment, it’s not going to be for everyone but give it a try if you haven’t seen it, hopefully you’ll find it as fun as I do.

If you want to see the “My Best Friend Is A Vampire” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Fannie Flagg, who plays Jeremy’s mother, is also the author of the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Kathy Bates, who plays Darla’s mother, starred as one of the main characters in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1991), the movie adaption of that novel.

The license plate on Ralph’s car reads “BVR HUNT”.

Two of the actors went on to act in the Star Trek Series: Rene Auberjonois went on to star as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). David Warner was in various Star Trek roles, most notably as Gul Madred in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

The poster seen in Jeremy’s bedroom is the Downtown Houston skyline with fireworks in the background – these posters were promotions for the Rendevous Houston event held in 1986.

A brief scene where Jeremy and Darla are on their first date was filmed in the parking lot adjacent to Eleanor Tinsley Park.

Despite being a vampire Nora is never seen sleeping in her coffin.

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