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The Little Vampire
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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted March 25, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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THE LITTLE VAMPIRE

Synopsis:

Living in San Diego one day and living in Scotland the next can give a kid quite an anxiety rush. Especially when he dreams about vampires every night and is ridiculed in school for telling everybody about those dreams. Not too mention getting beaten up on a daily basis by two of the resident bullies who happen to be the grandsons of his father's boss. Every kid at one point dreams about the bogeyman and other things that go bump in the night. You just never expect to meet them in the flesh. Our star (Jonathan Lipnickey) is so obsessed with vampires that he spends his evenings acting out his fantasies in his bedroom. And where better to act it out. Afterall, his parents have purchased this castle like manse and it came fully equipped with not only the latest conveniences but also a gift or so from the past but more on that later. Anyway, one evening when he's doing his Dracula imitation, A beleaguered young vampire on the wing catches a glimpse of Lipnicki through an open window and seeks shelter with a suspected "fellow" vampire. Obviously, the surprise is on both when they come face to face. What follows is something of a friendship/partnership that the vampire hopes will lead to the lifting of an ancient curse.

Audio/Video:

The audio is presented in a very full and quite active 5.1 DD presentation. The surrounds and sub are given a workout, as there is a lot of information happening onscreen. The center is well delineated and the fronts/rears are crystalline in their reproduction of the aural matter. The video is pretty impressive as well. The dark colors are rich and deep and the contrasting lighter colors are bright and clean. Newline pictures has done it again by presenting a package with first rate video and audio presentations. I was unable to detect any transfer errors or chroma noise.

Extras:

The extras for the feature include the theatrical trailer, three games where you play Lipnicki in search of the Amulet of Attamon , Some really awful vampire jokes and recipes for some creepy baked goodies for the little ghoul in you!

Overall:

This is a kiddie movie to be sure. All the characters are pretty one dimensional and not very interesting or engaging. Visually and topically, it's a pretty neat representation of the dreams of any child (like myself) who adored the darker things growing up. Child-like dreams aside, this is a pretty empty movie. However, the whole vampiric Cows bit gave me some great chuckles. Is this a must have even for Vampire fans? I don't think so. It's very cute but has no bite. Rental Property only

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