The Horror Honeys: This Blood's For You!

This Blood's For You!

A Revenge Honey "Vampire Month" Review by Linnie

My Best Friend is a Vampire (1987)

The following is a true story... more or less.

I imagine it won't just be for me, but for all the Honeys, that Vampire Month is a bit of an exercise in nostalgia. Because there are so many vampire films across all of our genres, odds are good that many of us probably kicked off our love of horror with a vampire flick or three. While one of those movies was the inspiration for Vampire Month (Fright Night, of course) the other was the adorable romantic vampire comedy, My Best Friend is a Vampire. And outside of being cute as a box of baby bats, MBFIAV is also one of the most surprisingly political horror comedies to come out of the 80s.

So grab your silk sheets and your BVRHUNT license plates, and join me for the nostalgic heart squish that is My Best Friend is a Vampire!

The Story: Jeremy Capello (Robert Sean Leonard) is the funny and sweet boy we all dreamed about (at some point in our lives): the one who won't bone for pleasure alone, the one who fantasizes not about the hot cheerleader who loves him, but the angry nerd in the band who requests that he, "quit staring creep!!!" Then, he falls victim to fatal allure of a sexy vampire while delivering groceries, and things don't end well for our dear young Jeremy. A vampire hunter and his assistant make it their mission to ruin Jeremy's life, and put a real crimp in his future relationship with Darla Blake (Cheryl Pollack). Assisted by Darla, his best buddy Ralph (Evan Mirand) and his vampire mentor, Modoc (Rene Auberjonois), Jeremy has to learn to survive as a creature of the night, while avoiding the increasingly psychotic vampire hunter!

Nom nom nom, I still love that baby face.
MBFIAV has everything you could possibly want from a romantic vampire comedy: slapstick comedy, intrigue, romance, thrills, chills, and likeable characters across the board. If you were a child of the late 80s/early 90s, odds are solid you know and love Robert Sean Leonard (Swing Kids, Dead Poets Society, The Age of Innocence), but I first fell in love with him as Jeremy. That pale face, those serious eyebrows, that goofy smile... he was just about dead even with Robert Downey Jr. for love of my childhood life. And good luck not getting swoony over his love for Darla, the girl we ALL were in high school.

I wish I could pull off that hair though.
~ Hey! Hey! Can I turn into a bat?
~ Don't be silly.

So, you're probably asking, "what sets MBFIAV apart from the million of OTHER vampire romcoms that came out in the 80s?" Well, as Jeremy is becoming a little pale, trying to buff up, as he becomes a snazzier dresser, and starts spending a lot of time with an older male companion... Jeremy's parents don't assume he's turning into a vampire. They assume he's gay. As he's learning how to navigate the world as a vampire, his parents are slowly coming to terms with the fact that their son is homosexual, and the film ends with them telling him that they love him no matter what, right before he introduces them to Darla. Even as the LGBT culture was making its way into the mainstream, the 80s were still not a great time for the community. My Best Friend is a Vampire didn't just make homosexuality a part of the story; it made it an accepted part of the story in which supportive parents loved their child no matter what... gay, straight, or vampire. I will always adore MBFIAV for that.

"It's a rather unsavory trait of man... Whenever he stumbles across something different, quite often his first impulse is to destroy it. Vampires are like any other minority that has been persecuted down through the ages."

His future's so bright, he's gotta wear shades!
Fun MBFIAV Trivia: Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes, plays Jeremy's mom. Kathy Bates, in one of her earliest film roles, plays Darla's mom. Kathy Bates would go on to play Evelyn Couch in the film version of Fried Green Tomatoes.

If you haven't seen My Best Friend is a Vampire, or it's been a long time, just go ahead and add it to your collection. You will end up watching constantly. Personally, it's become one of my "bad day" movies, and it always makes me feel better.

Revenge Honey Rating: 5 cold cans of pig's blood out of 5

My Best Friend is a Vampire is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, YouTube VOD, and DVD

Do YOU have a favorite vampire romcom?
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