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The Little Vampire (film)

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The Little Vampire
The Little Vampire (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byUli Edel
Screenplay byKarey Kirkpatrick
Larry Wilson
Based onDer kleine Vampir
by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
Produced byRichard Claus
Starring
CinematographyBernd Heinl
Edited byPeter R. Adam
Music byNigel Clarke
Michael Csanyi-Willis
Production
companies
Propaganda Films
Cometstone Pictures
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • August 18, 2000 (2000-08-18) (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • October 27, 2000 (2000-10-27) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountriesGermany
Netherlands
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million
Box office$28 million

The Little Vampire is a 2000 horror comedy film based on the children's book series of the same name by German writer Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, about a boy who tries to save a young vampire and his family from a ruthless vampire hunter. It was directed by Uli Edel and written by Karey Kirkpatrick and Larry Wilson. The film stars Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks, Richard E. Grant, Jim Carter and Alice Krige.

Plot

9-year-old Tony Thompson (Jonathan Lipnicki) moves with his family to Scotland from California, where his family takes up residence in a small castle while his father is employed building a golf course on the estate of Lord McAshton (John Wood). Since arriving in his new home Tony has experienced recurring nightmares about vampires and a mysterious comet. Things also do not get any better for him at school as he gets picked on by Lord McAshton's grandsons, Flint (Scott Fletcher) and Nigel (Iain De Caestecker).

One night, while dressed up as a vampire, Tony is mistaken for one by the young vampire Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), who is on the run from the evil vampire hunter Rookery (Jim Carter). After realizing that Tony is not a vampire, Rudolph tries to attack him but ultimately fails due to being weakened by Rookery. After trying to leave through flying out the window, Rudolph falls from the sky due to his weakness. Tony helps Rudolph find a cow to feed from, and in return Rudolph takes Tony flying. The two boys quickly become friends, and Rudolph confides to Tony that his family only drink animal blood and wish to become human. Rudolph reveals that they are searching for a magical amulet that can be used to turn vampires into humans, but Rookery is also seeking to use the amulet against them. When Rudolph takes Tony to the cemetery where his family lives, they are confronted by Rudolph's parents Frederick (Richard E. Grant) and Freda (Alice Krige) and Rudolph's romantic sister Anna (Anna Popplewell) and rebellious teen brother Gregory (Dean Cook). Frederick doubts Tony's loyalty to his son, but when Tony helps repel an attack from Rookery, Frederick begrudgingly allows Tony to help them. Tony and Rudolph then proceed to get revenge on Flint and Nigel.

Rookery alerts Lord McAshton to the presence of vampires in the village. Lord McAshton reveals that his family has known about the existence of vampires for generations. Elizabeth, an ancestor of Lord McAshton, was romantically involved with Rudolph's uncle Von, who was the last known holder of the amulet, and both lovers were killed by the McAshtons. Learning this, Tony, Rudolph, and Anna seek out Elizabeth's tomb, where Tony experiences a vision pointing out the location of the amulet: Tony's own bedroom. Rudolph and Tony race Rookery to the amulet while the rest of Rudolph's family, along with Tony's parents, travel to the site of the ritual the vampires hope to perform. After a chase, Tony and Rudolph manage to escape with the amulet while Rookery inadvertently drives his truck over a cliff after getting entangled in a blimp.

Tony and Rudolph succeed in bringing Frederick the amulet, but the ceremony is interrupted by Rookery, who returns riding the blimp. The vampires are unable to stand against Rookery's glowing cross, but Tony's parents defend them and defeat Rookery, pushing him off a cliff to his apparent death. Tony completes the ceremony by wishing for the vampires to become human. Rudolph and his family disappear as the comet passes, leaving Tony and his parents alone and unsure if the ceremony succeeded. Some time later, while visiting the village market, Tony spots Rudolph and his family, now human, moving into a house in the village. At first they seem not to recognize Tony, but as Tony does the whistle to them their memories return, and the friends are reunited.

Cast

  • Jonathan Lipnicki as Tony Thompson, a 9-year-old boy who becomes friends with Rudolph.
  • Richard E. Grant as Frederick Sackville-Bagg, Rudolph's father, Freda's husband, and the patriarch of the Sackville-Bagg family.
  • Jim Carter as Rookery, a ruthless vampire hunter and the main villain of the film.
  • Alice Krige as Freda Sackville-Bagg, Rudolph's mother, Frederick's wife, and the matriarch of the Sackville-Bagg family.
  • Pamela Gidley as Dottie Thompson, Tony's mother.
  • Tommy Hinkley as Bob Thompson, Tony's father.
  • Anna Popplewell as Anna Sackville-Bagg, Rudolph's younger sister and the youngest child of the Sackville-Bagg family.
  • Dean Cook as Gregory Sackville-Bagg, Rudolph's older brother and the oldest child of the Sackville-Bagg family.
  • Rollo Weeks as Rudolph Sackville-Bagg, the middle child of the Sackville-Bagg family.
  • John Wood as Lord McAshton
  • Ed Stoppard as Von Sackville-Bagg, Rudolph's uncle and Frederick's brother.
  • Jake D'Arcy as Farmer McClaughlin
  • Iain De Caestecker as Nigel McAshton, one of Lord McAshton's grandsons who pick on Tony at school.
  • Scott Fletcher as Flint McAshton, one of Lord McAshton's grandsons.
  • Johnny Meres as Teacher
  • Georgie Glen as Party Guest
  • Elizabeth Berrington as Elizabeth McAshton

Production

Parts of the film were shot in farmland near Cocksburnpath in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders, at Culross and nearby Dunimarle Castle in Fife, in Newliston House, Dalmeny House and Dundas Castle near Edinburgh, at Gosford House in East Lothian and also on roads in West Lothian around Oatridge, near Broxburn. The school to which the main character goes is Low Port primary school in Linlithgow West Lothian.[1]

Soundtrack

Music from and Inspired by The Little Vampire
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)
Recorded1999-2000
GenrePop
Length42:00
LabelNew Line
Singles from Music from and Inspired by The Little Vampire
  1. "Shalala Lala"
    Released: February 23, 2000
Soundtrack
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

A soundtrack for the film, titled Music from and Inspired by The Little Vampire, was released on October 17, 2000, by New Line Records. Like the last soundtrack, Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys released the song Shalala Lala as a single and it is included in the soundtrack album.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)ArtistLength
1."Iko Iko"
Aaron Carter2:41
2."Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"A*Teens3:54
3."Let's Get Funky Tonite"
  • Kevin Clark
  • Berny Cosgrove
Dream Street3:15
4."Best Friends"
  • Via
  • Anthony Mazza
  • Sundafu Kawah
Angela Via3:20
5."You Can Get It"
  • Desmond Child
  • Herschel Small
Baha Men4:16
6."Let Your Soul Shine"
  • Tobias Lindell
  • Peter Bjorklund
  • Joel Eriksson
Bosson3:16
7."Shalala Lala"
Vengaboys3:33
8."Here I Am"No Authority3:39
9."Flee Fly Flo"Fe-m@il2:49
10."Reason I Live"YoungAce Young5:02
11."Cool in the Wind"ReissMichael Reiss2:57
12."Requiem (The Fifth)"
  • Traditional
Trans-Siberian Orchestra2:58

Reception

The film was a box-office bomb, grossing $28 million against its $35 million budget.[3][4]

Critical

The film received mixed reviews from 66 critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 55% rating. The consensus states, "The Little Vampire can't seem to find the right pitch, with its muddled, jumpy script and badly executed mix of cuteness and fright."[5]

Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times gave it a positive review, declaring, "Not often does a family film come along that is literate, clever, mischievous and just plain fun."[6] Roger Ebert, however, gave the film two stars, saying "The movie has first-rate credits, from the director Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn) to the writers Karey Kirkpatrick (James And The Giant Peach) and Larry Wilson (Beetlejuice), to the cast (Lipnicki played the kid in Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little). The costumes are neat, the photography is great--all the pieces are on hand, but they don't fit."[7]

Michael Thomson for the BBC gave the film three stars, questioning the tone but remarking, "Yet the basic idea which drives this jolly film, along with Lipnicki's charm, is sometimes almost enough."[8] Jan Stuart for The Los Angeles Times praised most of the cast, but criticized Lipnicki, and said, "Older kids and grown-ups looking for more sophisticated humor will have to content themselves with a running gag about vampire cows, which could have been funnier than Edel makes it here."[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ (2015) Filmed here - 2000,   The Little Vampire, Uli Edel, Cometstone Pictures Archived 2015-02-18 at the Wayback Machine Film Edinburgh, Retrieved 20 February 2015
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000101492
  3. ^ "The Little Vampire (2000) - Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com.
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2000-10-31. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  5. ^ "The Little Vampire (2000)". Rottentomatoes.com.
  6. ^ Gelder, Lawrence Van (October 27, 2000). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'The Little Vampire'". Nytimes.com.
  7. ^ "The Little Vampire Movie Review (2000) | Roger Ebert". Rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  8. ^ "BBC - Films - review - The Little Vampire". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  9. ^ Stuart, Jan (2000-10-27). "Lipnicki Mostly Mugs in 'Little Vampire' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11.

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