This German/Dutch co-production offers superior children’s
entertainment, thanks to an interesting concept and the calibre of the personnel involved.The screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and Larry Wilson, based on “The Little Vampire” novels by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, relates the adventures of little American Tony Thompson (Jonathan Lipnicki), who moves with parents Bob (Tommy Hinkley) and Dottie (Pamela Gidley) to Scotland, where Bob is working on a golf resort development for local laird Lord McAshton (John Wood).
Tony has a recurring dream involving vampires in antique dress who wait for a planetary conjunction. When he meets juvenile vampire Rudolph Sackville-Bagg (Rollo Weeks), Tony learns his dream represents the once-in-300-years chance that Rudolph and his vampire family -- father Frederick (Richard E. Grant), mother Freda (Alice Krige), sister Anna (Anna Popplewell), brother Gregory (Dean Cook) -- and vampire friends have to make a magic connection and fulfil their hope of becoming human again. The vampires’ plans and Tony’s attempts to help them are complicated by the eradication efforts of vampire hunter Rookery (Jim Carter).The Little Vampire has plenty of action and humour, kept at a satisfying pace by director Uli Edel, and terrific costumes by Oscar-winning designer James Acheson.--Shane Lewis