The Little Vampire
The Little Vampire is an adorable film. It might be for kids, but Iâm an adult an I still love this movie. Itâs brilliant, and it’s one of the few kid-friendly vampires. It even has vampire cows! Some of the movie is a little ridiculous, like the explanation of how the vampires can magically become human again. Most of it is pretty spectacular, albeit a little fantastical. But hey, weâre talking about mythical creatures here.
I didnât know this when I first watched the movie, but it is based on a book called Der kleine Vampir. It was written byÂ German author Angela Sommer-Bodenburg in 1979. Thereâs a whole childrenâs series of The Little Vampire and his adventures.
The movie, though, tells the story of a little boy named Tony Thompson. Heâs human, and he meets a little boy named Rudolph Sackville-Bagg who happens to be a vampire. Rudolph is one of a handful of famous vampire children. Rudolph, fortunately for Tony, is a âvegetarianâ vampire. Or at least, he only feeds on cows, as does the rest of his vampire family, or clan. Hence, the creation of the vampire cows.
âI want to be a vampire too,â Tony says to his newfound vampire friend. And being a vampire does seem pretty sweet to a little kid, Iâm sure. No bedtime, lots of adventures, and you can fly!
But Rudolph replies to Tonyâs query with, âNo. You donât know what that means. No blues skies, Tony. No birds singing. No flowers in the sunlight. Just this constant night.â
Ah, the loneliness of being a vampire. But, itâs so true. Who wants constant night? Who wants the eternal darkness? Sure, you get to live forever. But what do you live for, when all you have is darkness and decay?
Anyway, I still wish I had a vampire hero for a best friend when I was a child.
Holiday is a secretive squonk from deep in the darkness of the forests. She loves helping people, reading about obscure myths and folklore, and having adventures.