Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Grandpa Is a Vampire (1992)

aka Grampire, aka Monnrise

How bad is it? Horror comedy for teens that isn't horror, comedy or for teens.
Should you see it? Sadly, no.

Al Smith, who played "Grampa," a vampire, on the "Munsters" plays a Grampa, a vampire, in this film, though it's not exactly the same character. Over 80 years-old when this was filmed, Lewis had been playing the same type of character in various formats - such as horror movie host - for decades. A boy goes home from the U.S. to New Zealand, only to have his grandfather die. Then the boy and his friend see Grampa seemingly alive again and find out that he's a vampire, but a good vampire. The film has endless corny jokes, none of which really work. The film has a decent look (the director and cinematographer are professional), with a blue tint being used for day-for-night shots, but the story drags and the supposed heartwarming story just doesn't add up to anything.

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