“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”
Two brothers, Michael (Jayson Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), together with their mother (Dianne Wiest) moved from Phoenix back to their grandfather’s (Barnard Hughes) place in Santa Carla, California.
Michael, the eldest, got involved with the local gang after following Star (Jami Kertz) which he saw during a concert at Boardwalk. Leader of the gang, David (Kiefer Sutherland) welcomed and invited him to be part of the group which leads to adventure, horror, loads of garlic, and stealing holy water from their local church.
More than 20 years after the release of this film, after all the vampire movies that came out, I have to say that this one is really good. Special effects wise, it cannot compete with what we have now. Big thanks to the development of technology. What appealed to me is that more than the horror of living in a community with vampires is that the story is mainly about brother’s (or sister’s) dedication to protect their family. Michael and Sam for example as well as Star and Laddie (Chance Michael Corbitt), a kid who is a half-vampire (whether they are brothers and sisters, I don’t know. But Star’s very protective of him). It’s the value that family do comes first and that we do everything to save our own. It actually reminds me of Ginger Snaps.
What confuses me though are the vampire lore that were overlooked. Yes, they invited ONE vampire – the “head” vampire but I don’t think the invitation extends to the rest of his coven. Or does it? I’m not saying I’m an expert about these creatures but I completely doubt that.
Anyway, it is an enjoyable movie nonetheless. Something to pass time for the long weekend. Not scary enough to hide behind the couch but horror movie enough to watch with family and friends.