MOMS GOT A DATE WITH A VAMPIRE
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire has an appealingly silly premise indeed, it seems almost interchangeable in title and concept with mid-80s silliness like My Best Friend is a Vampire (1987) or My Mom's a Werewolf (1988). There are amusing images to the film, such as the vampires hand reaching up out of a coffin to click a mouse and answer his e-mail. Not to mention the appealingly tongue-in-cheek personals ad: Continental gentleman handsome, debonair, suave, likes long strolls beneath the full moon. Enjoys travel, adventure, wild animals and romantic women who long for nights that will never end. Hates turtlenecks and Italian food.
There are a number of similarities between Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire and Fright Night (1985) the theme of people battling to stop a charming vampire as he seduces a loved one, with the role of Amanda Bearses girlfriend in Fright Night being replaced by Caroline Rheas mom here. There is even an identical scene where people conduct a charade to make someone disbelieve that the vampire is not a vampire, only to see that they cast no reflection in a mirror and then believe themselves. There are various vampire in-jokes with Charles Shaughnessys vampire tossing off familiar lines like Children of the night and I never drink wine, as well as a Renfields restaurant. Being a childrens film, the vampire is unable be staked and so is despatched at the end by being nailed into his coffin with a rivet gun.
All of the cast give likeable performances. There are some very cheap morphing effects. The result is amiable and bubbly enough not to wear out the silliness of a mildly amusing premise. This is a film that manages to straddle being a vampire film, childrens film and plant its tongue-in-cheek, all with an appealing balance.
Director Stephen Boyum was a former stuntman who turned director with the childrens film Meet the Deedles (1998) and then Disney genre fare such as this and Stepsister from the Planet Weird (2000), followed by Timecop: The Berlin Decision (2003) and the mini-series King Solomons Mines (2004).