divorced mother named Lucy Emerson
(Dianne West) and her kids named Michael
(Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) moves
away from their hometown Phoenix, Arizona
to Santa Clara to move in with Lucy's
eccentric father (Barnard Hughes).
they are there, Michael hangs out at a
carnival near a beach where he encounters
the girl of his dreams named Star (Jami
Gertz) whom is with a gang of bikers lead
by a guy named David (Kiefer Sutherland)
who seem to cause trouble wherever they
Meanwhile, his younger brother Sam is
browsing a comic book store and meets up
with two strange siblings named Edgar
(Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison
Newlander) whom claim to be vampire
slayers and tries to encoutrage him to
read a vampire comic book to assure his
safety while living there.
one day Michael is invited by David to
their cave for a night of fun while Star
is with them.
He offers Michael a wine bottle which is
blood and Michael drinks a bit of it.
Then Michael feels different as he sleeps
in late and craves for human blood
tries to support his brother while
reading through the vampire comic book on
how to help him as in order for Michael
to become normal again he has to kill the
He brings Edgar and Alan along to try and
help him with this case.
Meanwhile, their mother meets a local
there named Max (Edward Hermann) as she
invites him over to her house for dinner
but while reading the comic there are
signs that he's also a possible vampire
as his dog nearly attacks his mother.
The film leaves off to a nice start with the opening credits zooming over an ocean and then showing a theme park along with wild teens hanging out as well as some punks lead by David hanging out near a merry go round and causing trouble with other such as trying to pick up someone's girlfriend and the boyfriend nearly getting into a fight with them. Next, the security guard kicks David and his gang off and then the terror certainly starts for this poor security guard while he is attacked by something in the air but it's not revelaed till halfway through the story as I found this clever to keep this part an unsolved mystery.
Then the next day starts off impressively with the Emerson family driving into California and spotting the wild people hanging out which seemed to be a nice drawing card to the story along with some good humor too. Then the family enters Grandpa's house and he seems to have passed out on the front porch and gets up. I just thought to myself what a strange man as well as the creepy surroundings of his house in which you can tell that he was once a hippie.
Another nice story to this film is when young Sammy enters a comic store with Edgar and Alan Frog talking to him and trying to encourage him to read a vampire comic book in which Sam tells him he's not into horror comics which I totally understand his situation as many people are terrified of horror films, books or even comic books. It seems to work well with them warning him about the vampire's in their small town. You kinda wonder to yourself though if they really know that there's vampire's in the area or are they hoping to have some so they can gain experience by slaying them in which they offer Sam a free comic with their number on it as a survival guide. It just seemed pretty twisted but in a really fun way.
Of course in the story we spot the couple that these punks messed with on the merry go round having a good romp in their vehicle and then another mysterious attack in which this looked more exciting to watch.
I do love a moment when David and his gang enter a video rental store with the onwer named Max not happy with them coming in as it leaves you a cringing moment that they're there to cause trouble. Then he meets Lucy Emerson telling him that everyone was like that at a young age one time or another but having different fashions in which it does take anyone back to memory lane being rebellious at one point or another and then growing up and leading a better life.
Then Michael spots a beautiful girl named Star in which this seems to remind anyone of their love at first site but she seems to tag along with that biker David and then later on we spot some good scene's with them finally communicating with one another giving you a good feeling that he finally got to talk to her only later on to be cornered by David and his bikers with David demanding Star to get going with him as the writing for this seemed darkly done and made in a good fashion.
The fun really gets going is when they motorbike away and Michael has to catch up in the mist as you just wanna join them it looked that fun and entertaining as well later on Michael almost falls off a cliff near a rocky ocean and punching David in the face for this challenging him to a fight. Here you wonder if they will scrap it out or not.
Then they enter their home which is a cave and there's surfboards and even a poster of Jim Morrison making myself think that it can't get any better than this along with them eating chinese food in those special boxes for a delivery take out in which it is not so common where I live in Canada. DAMN!
The hallucinations can trip you out when David teases Michael on him eating maggots that's supposed to be rice and then he spots the maggots which looked pretty gross and then later on he spots that his spilled box is actually rice showing that vampire's can play tricks on others as this is just who they are. Then the time when Michael drinks a bottle of blood worked well in which the story somehwat almost had a gothic type of feel to it. All of this was well written in.
What is one of my most favourite scene's is when Michael, David and the gang go to a railway bridge and hang onto some handlebars while a passenger train rolls by and all of them fall into some mist and Michael is the only one left trying to struggle to get up and falls in which this keeps you in suspense by what's going to happen next. All in all this was exciting to watch making me want to watch more on what's going to happen.
More suspense adds up later on when Michael realises David and his bikers seem to be rolling up to his home with lights on their bikes glaring at the house and then when he opens the door nothing is there and it's very quiet which is certainly spooky but what's spookier is when Michael almost turns and is about to attack his brother Sam and later on Sam realises that he's a creature of the night just like what is written in the comic book when his reflection doesn't show in the mirror with him running away saying "Wait till I tell Mom!" This of course isn't common in a vampire film offering dark comedy. It seems to run well though.
There's also great moments when Michael's body rises up from his bed and can't control flying away and trying to cry to Sam with him freaking out but yet it is touching when Michael tries to ask for sympathy telling him that he's his brother in which worked perfectly as a family trying to stick together and help one another out on how to overcome this madness.
What really works well and gothic like is when David goes by an old tree to show Michael who he is while attacking beach bum victims dancing around in the sand near a bonfire as the writing for this looked incredibly powerful.
A great suspenseful moment is when Lucy goes to Max's door to try and apologise for running out on their dinner date and his dog is about to attack her in which you wonder if she will get away or not since the dog was really lunging big time and what made this moment show good timing is when Sam is in the car and turns the page of the comic book he's reading showing the hounds of hell as this makes you jump in suspense when this dog is attacking. At the same time the dog didn't look monstrous like the one's in the comic book which kinda seemed a bit funny.
There's witty moments when Edgar and Alan stay for dinner when Lucy invites Max to her home while they try to find any way if he's a head vampire or not as this can be embarrassing when someone tries too hard when you find someone you are in love with wondering if he will walk out and never come back again.
There's other moments when Michael and the rest are in a vehicle and Grandpa stops them asking a question in which you wonder if they're gonna get caught red handed but asks them about a different situation which has to do with laoding the vheicle with gas when it's almost out which I was thinking this is as corny as it gets.
Later on when they enter the cave and spot the vampire's sleeping upside down. Then Edgar decides to slay one of them is a real stupid move cause there's more that can get him and kill him since it will wake up the whole bunch of them. It goes to show how inexperienced Edgar is and learning from his mistakes as well as luckily they escaped the cave without getting hurt or killed since it was still daylight and vampire's can't come out in the day.
The terror happens big time since David and his gang fly to the home but everyone is ready for them with traps in which there's even a comedic moment with Edgar, Alan and Sam going to a church to grab holy water. This seemed cleverly done. Also it's scary as Sam is running to get their dog and the vampire's are closing in on them. It will get your heart pounding hioping he will get in the house in time. Alot of damage in the house is done which can make you gasp with alot of expensive stuff destroyed including a stereo being damaged while a vampire is electrocuted by it. Many good effects were used throughout this whole battle inclduing Michael's face changing into a vampire with fangs battling David in mid air of the house. This was for sure a classic wondering who will win or not. But the near ending I won't spoil for anyone. However, it almost seemed fairly obvious. The very ending is quite mysterious too.
Bottom line is this was one of
the first horror films I enjoyed when I
was 17 years of age as at the time I
didn't like horror flicks. The film was a real appeal to me as it
was about teenage vampires.It's both comedic and although not
terribly scary but alot of suspenseful
action. Pretty much a parody on vampire movies
but a great one to watch. Alot of rumors floated that a sequel would aride but didn't until 21 years later in which it was even more corny. Still it was great that the stories continued.
The acting is
terrific with full of talented people. Jason Patric (Michael Emerson) totally stole the film with his performance in it showing a ton of great energy and characteristics. He really knew on how to act aggressive whenever he needed to as well as his tiredness after becoming a half vampire during a sunny day. Was great going in a near rage while punching someone in the face and bawling this person out. There's also a great reaction on him while spitting out food thinking they're maggots acting believeable and energetic. Good struggling energy when he is holding onto a railbar of a trainbridge and then falling screaming intensely as he brings alot of great might to all of this. Plus shows a great slick attitude too in many spots with the film. He does well silently speaking towards his onscreen brother to take his bath in which as he does well sounding very coldlike. Was impressive by groaning in pain and falling down which looked believeable as if he really was in pain for his hunger for blood. does well screaming and panicking while he is dragged out a window and trying to plead to his onscreen brother to help him as this looked realistic. There's a good discussion with him by trying to talk tohis onscreen brother about what they're getting themselves into which looked convincingly performed. Had a great hyped up aggression when stopping someone about tio drive his loved one through the heart with a stake acting weakly as well which he does this nice and intense too. He does well quarter way through by hiding near a corner talking to his onscreen brother and breathing intensely and not feeling well which was very energised. Studied this brief scene pretty well. He totally studied this role in which I was convinced that no one could've done this better than him. It's not surprising that he went far in life and this was the perfect film to give a boost to a futuristic mainstream acting career.
Corey Haim (Sam Emerson) was another fine character actor portraying a good kid next door type of personality as he shows alot of good spunk into what he did in the film. Plus has a nice innocence to his role too. He also does well with his humoress attitude while being scared about the vampires that are happening in his town in which he proves to be quite a ham in his role. Does well getting anxious towards his onscreen brother after spotting a mirror and running away as it was at a good tense pace. Shows a nice energetic response to someone after they choke on some garlic at a dinner table as he offered perfect timing. Bless his soul as he will be greatly missed.
Dianne West (Lucy Emerson) really came across nicely as a former hippie and now a mother of two. She studied her part well as someone who knows on how to act protective as well as someone way too open minded. She has that innocent elderly type of look to her along with a nice high pitched type of speaking too. Does a good job scolding both her onscreen kids by what they put her through which looked like a believeable motherly lecture. Also does well panicking while trying to run away from a dog viciously chasing after her.
Barnard Hughes (Grandpa) was another nice character actor and a ham in his role as someone you'd totally picture as someone eccentric. He really brings a good youth at heart to his part in the film showing a nice energetic behavior into what he did in it. Offered a nice teasing cackly laughter when creeping up behind his onscreen family. He shows good timing in the black comedy used in this film.
Edward Hermann (Max) is so deceiving as he
looks innocent and dweeby as a middle
aged man but towards the end he really
knows how to change that making him a
believeable vampire leader. He shows a nice charming and sympathetic behavior in his role and shows some good wit into his character too along with being serious whenever he needed to. In the beginning of his performance he shows a good unimpressed reaction towards the onscreen gang of vampires that enter his store along with him sternly telling them to leave as this was crisply performed. Does a good job choking on some garlic that was served to him while eating pasta.
Kiefer Sutherland (David) was terrific
as the supposed head vampire with his
serious and sarcastic attitude and is
very frightening in his role. He shows a good coldness to what he does portraying one of those typical punks who likes to torment or tease others. Like in a scene does a good job insisiting to his fellow actress to go with him in a good serious manner. He also brings a nice coldness towards his fellow actor to catch up with them which looked fairly energised. Does well by directing everyone terrifically while going into a cave and getting sarcastic towards the newcomer while they eat chinese food in which this looked believeable that he's being a dickhead. A good slick speaking on him when he hands a bottle of blood to someone. Has a great dark attitude and speaking when he is near a beach at night while revealing on who and his gang really is ready to attack their prey as well as explaining on what a vampire has to do. This was his best performance throughout the whole story. Shows good cold blooded horror speaking during this scene. Plus quarter way through his performance he was great at showing his rage when he is about to attack someone or act vengeful too. There's no one else like this guy I can tell you that.
Jami Gertz (Star) has the beautiful
looks and the true talent as a half
vampiress named Star making you really
wanting to protect her from danger and
shows that she is sweet and caring too. She does well with her mellow attitude and soft speaking coming across as someone who is very understanding and easy going. Does a nice job with her soft and emotinal behavior towards her fellow actor after he discovers on who he is now. She really got into this big time and making this very realistic. Also was great screaming and trying to run away when someone tries to drive a stake through her heart.
Corey Feldman (Edgar Frog) was a nice drawing card to his part really making himself believeably dinwitted as a wannabe vampire slayer. He shows a good seriousness and eccentric behavior to everything which looked humoress at the same time. He seems like one of those imaginative types and it was no doubt that he was an icon in this movie porving to be another ham in the flick. Also a nice aggressive moment with him towards his fellow actor on pulling off any stunts looking quite tongue in cheek on how he did this. Another good moment on him losing control and trying to drive a stake through a half vampiress as he does this with great ignorant type of style.
Jamison Newlander (Alan Frog) was another fine one with a slick serious attitude and came across believeable as another wannabe eccentric vampire slayer with almost a sneering like expressions and a great seriousness to his role. I did like his characteristics very much in the film.
Brooke McCarter (Paul) had a nice supporting role as a vampire punk in which he really looked believeably tough and nasty with everything that he did showing a perfect rage too with a ton of energy. He was total dynamite into what he did even if he didn't have alot of lines in this flick. He just came across perfectly onto the camera which is all that matters.
is bitten by his dog.
A bunch of beach bum's are eaten by
vampires like a bite in the head and
throat but it happens very quick.
A stake is driven through the youngest
vampire's heart and sticky blood spills
Another vampire is pushed into a bathtub
of garlic and holy water and he melts.
David the second head vampire is impaled
by giant antlers.
Oh yesss! I loved the music
to this film as it's magnificient by Thomas
Newman as he has great action sounds
to his flick that will appeal to young
adults too. The music sounds were low sounding and there's also good beating sounds and other types of effects which fits every plot used in the film.
I loved the soundtrack
album alot as we have an opening song by
Gerard McMann with his Ozzy Osbourne like vocals on "Cry Little
Sister" which was used in a sex
scene by Patric and Gertz's scene
together in the cave as well as the
vampire battle scene between Sutherland
and Patric. The song was perfect and gothic like making it a traiditional songtrack for this film.
We also have a cover song by the group Echo
& the Bunnymen with "People
Are Strange" as they almost sound as
good as the Doors as it was used
for a brief moment during the closing
credits as well as showing areas in the wild areas of California making this song really fit in.
Another great stompin' tune during the
bike chasing scene with Lou Gramm's classic "Lost in the Shadows"in which the backing vocals sounded very high pitched and really energetic along with the lead vocals used. Plus there's great drum beats and synthesizer music too. It was one of my favourite songs of all.
Another favourite is Eddie and the
Tide's "Power Play" as this was shown on a TV at a rental store performing blending in terrifically well with the singer having a good funky beat to his R&B singing along with terrific saxophone music too.
another cover tune performed by former The
Who rocker Roger Daltrey with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On
Me" which was during the closing
credits as well in which he shows great emotions while singing it along with nice keyboard and synthesizer playing making it sound quite touching. A beautiful song no
matter who performes it other than
We also have the main hit song on this
movie by INXS with Jimmy Barnes titled "Good Times" as it was
played briefly when a vampire gets
electrocuted by a home stereo and has a
stake through his heart. There's great energetic singing by the two singers for this one really making it work for what happens here.
Michael Emerson: Looks like he's
Sam Emerson: If he's dead, can we
go back to Phoenix?
Second shelf is mine. That's where I keep
my rootbeers and my double-thick Oreo
cookies. Nobody touches the second shelf
Emerson: There's no TV! Have you seen
a TV Mike? I haven't seen a TV. Do you
know what it means when there's no TV? -
If you read the T.V. Guide, you don't
need a T.V.
[looking inside Grandpa's work-room]
Talk about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Emerson: Are you freebasing, Michael?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Hey, anything around here that might pass
Sam Emerson: How about some
Grandpa: Yeah, yeah, let me try
some of that.
Michael Emerson: You have a big
date tonight, Grandpa?
Grandpa: I'm going to drop my
handiwork by the widow Johnson.
Michael Emerson: What'd ya stuff
for her? Mr. Johnson?
Emerson: So where're we going?
Michael Emerson: Nowhere.
Sam Emerson: So what's the rush?
You're chasing that girl aren't you? Come
on, admit it. I'm at the mercy of your
sex glands, bud.
Emerson: Got a problem, guys?
Edgar Frog: Just scoping your
Sam Emerson: Pretty cool, huh?
Alan Frog: For a fashion victim.
Frog: Where the hell are you from?
Frog: You think you really know
what's happening here, don't you? Well,
I'll tell you something, you don't know
Alan Frog: Yeah? You think we just
work at a comic book store for our folks,
Sam Emerson: Actually I thought it
was a bakery.
Edgar Frog: This is just a cover,
we're dedicated to a higher purpose.
We're fighters for truth, justice, and
the American way.
Frog: Notice anything unusual about
Santa Carla yet?
Sam Emerson: No, it's actually a
pretty cool place... if you're a Martian!
Edgar Frog: Or, a vampire!
Sam Emerson: You guys sniffin' on
newsprint or somethin'?
Frog: There's our number on the back.
And pray you never need to call us.
Sam Emerson: I'll pray I never
need to call you.
What, you don't like rice? Tell me
Michael, how could a billion Chinese
people be wrong?
How are those maggots?
Michael Emerson: Huh?
David: Maggots, Michael. You're
eating maggots. How do they taste?
[offering Michael a drink of blood]
Come on, be one of us.
Michael wants to know what's going on.
Marco, what's going on?
Marko: I don't know. What's going
Paul: Wait a minute. Who wants to
Dwayne: Michael wants to know.
Emerson: Look at your reflection in
the mirror. You're a creature of the
night Michael, just like out of a comic
book! You're a vampire Michael! My own
brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire.
Emerson: My own brother a goddamn,
shit-sucking vampire! Oh, you wait 'til
mom finds out buddy.
Frog: You did the right thing by
calling us. Does your brother sleep a
Sam Emerson: Yeah, all day.
Alan Frog: Does the sunlight freak
Sam Emerson: Uh, he wears
sunglasses in the house.
Edgar Frog: Bad breath, long
Sam Emerson: Yeah, his fingernails
are a little bit longer, um, he always
had bad breath though.
Alan Frog: He's a vampire all
Edgar Frog: All right, here's what
you do, get your self a good sharp stake
and drive it right through his heart.
Sam Emerson: I can't do that, he's
Alan Frog: OK, we'll come over and
do it for you.
Sam Emerson: No!
Edgar Frog: You'd better get
yourself a garlic T-shirt, buddy, or it's
Emerson: And then his dog started
chasing my mom like the hounds of hell in
Edgar Frog: We've been aware
there's some very serious vampire
activity in this town for some time.
Alan Frog: Santa Carla's become a
haven for the undead.
Edgar Frog: As a matter of fact,
we're almost certain ghouls and
werewolves occupy high positions at city
Alan Frog: Kill your brother,
you'll feel better.
Now you know what we are, now you know
what you are. You'll never grow old,
Michael, and you'll never die. But you
Emerson: Don't kill me, Mike. I'm
basically a good kid.
Emerson: [about Star] It's
that girl from the boardwalk. Is she one
[Star floats up]
Sam Emerson: She's one of them!
And don't tell me it doesn't make her a
bad person, Mike.
What's happening to me, Star?
Star: Oh, Michael. Michael I can't
tell you. I don't know how to help you.
Michael: What's happening?
Star: [whispers] I can't.
Emerson: I bet you hate garlic,
Max: No, I like garlic! It's just
a little much! It's raw garlic.
Emerson: Look, this isn't a comic
book, Sam, these guys are brutal killers.
Sam Emerson: So are the Frog
Frog: If you try to stop us, or vamp
out in any way, I'll stake you without
even thinking twice about it!
Sam Emerson: Chill out Edgar.
Edgar Frog: [coming to his
Frog: Holy shit, vampire hotel.
Frog: Aaaaaah! Flies!
Edgar Frog: We're on the right
trail. Flies and the undead go together
like bullets and guns. Come on.
Emerson: What's that smell?
Edgar Frog: Vampires, my friend,
Frog: The bloodsucking Brady Bunch!
Frog: We blew it, man, we lost it!
Edgar Frog: Shut up!
Alan Frog: We unraveled in the
face of the enemy!
Edgar Frog: It's not our fault,
they pulled a mind scramble on us. They
opened their eyes and talked.
Frog: We don't ride with vampires.
Sam Emerson: Fine, stay here.
Edgar Frog: We do now.
Alan Frog: Yeah.
Frog: Come on Sam, let's get out of
here. Burn rubber!
[the car accelerates, almost driving
over a cliff]
Edgar Frog: Christ!
Sam Emerson: Burn rubber does not
mean warp speed!
Emerson: Guys, we're on our own.
Edgar Frog: Good, just the way we
Do you know the rule about filling up the
car with gas when you take it without
Michael Emerson: No, Grandpa.
Grandpa: Well, now you do.
Frog: I think I should warn you all,
when a vampire bites it, it's never a
pretty sight. No two bloodsuckers go the
same way. Some yell and scream, some go
quietly, some explode, some implode, but
all will try to take you with them.
You killed Marko!
Edgar Frog: Yeah, and you're next!
Paul: No, you're next!
[Paul sees garlic in the bathtub]
Paul: Haha! Garlic don't work,
Edgar Frog: TRY THE HOLY WATER,
Frog: Are you OK?
Sam Emerson: I nailed one of them
downstairs with a bow and arrow.
Alan Frog: All right, Sambo!
Edgar Frog: We trashed the one
that looks like Twisted Sister.
Alan Frog: Totally annihilated his
Edgar Frog: Well, Nanook helped a
Alan Frog: Death to all vampires!
Edgar Frog: Maximum body count!
Edgar Frog: We're awesome monster
Alan Frog: The meanest!
Edgar Frog: The baddest!
Frog: Holy Shit! It's the attack of
[standing up after almost getting hit
by bow and arrow] You missed, sucker!
Sam Emerson: Only once, pal.
Emerson: Death by stereo!
It is too late, my blood is in your
Michael Emerson: So is mine!
Initiation's over, Michael. Time to join
Don't ever invite a vampire into your
house, you silly boy. It renders you
Sam Emerson: Did you know that?
Edgar Frog: Of course. Everyone
changes into a vampire]
Max: I still want you, Lucy.
[he flashes his tongue out and Sam and
Lucy scream while the rest gasp]
Max: I haven't changed my mind
[reaches for Lucy's hand while
strangling Sam] Don't fight, Lucy.
It's so much better if you don't fight.
Sam Emerson: Mom! Mom, No! Don't
do it, Mom! Mom, don't do it!
Lucy Emerson: Sam...
Sam Emerson: Mom, No!
[Lucy reluctantly decides to abandon
her humanity by taking Max's hand]
Sam Emerson: Mom, no!
Lucy Emerson: Sam!
[Max attempts to bite her]
One thing about living in Santa Carla I
never could stomach, all the damn