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|Donald Longtooth||Malcolm McDowell|
|Van Helsing||Michael Berryman|
|Stacey||Sandra Searles Dickinson|
|Old Lady||Gloria Dawson|
|Crypt Keeper||John Kassir|
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Written by Terry Black
"Have you had any dental work in the last 72 hours?"
"In the mouth, over the fangs, away with the hunger pangs!"
Intro - reading from "Vampirism Made Easy"
"I want to suck your blood...I want to suck YOUR blood. I want to suck...Hello kiddies! You caught me in the middle of my homework. Your old pal the Crypt Keeper is a real believer in continuing deaducation. Which brings us to tonight's murderous morsel. Its a juicy little tale about a real blood sucker who never learned to go for the jugular. I call it this plasma play "The Reluctant Vampire."
Ah, it's good to see two lovers so batty about each other. Now there's a relationship you can sink your teeth in. As for me I have to get back to work. Exams you know. I hear the finals are a real pain in the neck. Not that I'm worried or anything. So far all my marks have been perfect.
VHS - NTSC
Features three episodes - Death of Some Salesman, The Reluctant Vampire + Loved to Death
HBO Video - Hi Fi Dolby Stereo, not rated
I met Michael Berryman in NJ on 10/27/02 and he was one of the nicest people I've ever met and very generous with his time.
Q: How was the experience for you working on the show and with Malcolm?
A: Tales from the Crypt was a great show to work on, I had a blast. Malcolm is incredible. I was incredibly impressed with his presence, the guy is just awesome.
Q: The only story he has ever told was he had a 104 fever the whole time and he doesn't really remember much about it.
A: Oh, wow. Well, his performance was wonderful....I'm playing it in my head right now. He was a reluctant vampire and I remember when he goes to kill George Wendt he's jumping on the guys chest gleefully and I mean George is really hurting him. There was a scene where we had the butler bed come out of the wall and the director was complaining because he was kind of rushing it. They were checking the hydraulics and it was coming down kind of herky jerky because parts of the ramp were touching the wall. The director was really getting miffed and said, "Just throw the lever all the way!" The carpenter is trying to explain, "Look I have to do this, I need a little more time." "Look, I'm the director, do as I say." He goes "all right" and he threw the lever all the way and the door went WHAM and it missed the directors' foot by about an inch - it would've removed his foot. The director goes, "I'm gonna let you do your job" and he walked away. It was an interesting shoot. I had a lot of fun with it.
Q: It was a great role for you because you got to play the good guy.
A: Yeah, exactly. I had a nice opportunity like that when I got to do the X-Files and I played a guardian angel instead of a bad guy. I was very pleased with the way everything came together.
Q: Any other stories from the set?
A: Yeah, the director asked me to say a line like 21 times and finally he said, "I did the best I could. I tried every trick in the book to get you to say it the way I wanted." I looked at George Wendt who was laying in the coffin and he just mouth behind the director's back (what a fucking asshole). I go to George, "Am I a moron or was I just not doing it the way he wanted it?" He goes, "No, no. It was just his day to pick on you. You did it fine (laughs)."
Q: How long was the shoot?
A: I worked only two days on it.
Q: That's really fast.
A: Oh, yeah. Television usually goes fast.
Q: Everything was scripted out and straight forward?
A: Yeah, it was pretty easy and it moved right along.
Q: The big line was "Have you had any dental work in the last 72 hours?"
A: I thought that was kind of cute. It was actually very cute (laughs). I remember that scene.
Q: Was that an ad lib?
A: I don't recall, but I think it was in there. It is usually pretty letter perfect scripted wise as far as Malcolm lines. I liked the love interest, the girl, when she asks him at the end if it is okay if he would bite her. He seemed kind of intrigued like, "This gal is OK". It was very good, I was very impressed.
Aired on HBO as part of Season Three on 7/10/91
Running time 29 minutes.
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VHS Cover - Back
Reluctant Vampire Comic
Longtooth going to bite the manager
Longtooth has his evening breakfast
"It was charming in its own little way and I'm pleased to hear that it's popular with people. But I'll tell you my memories of it. I was in Italy, and they called me to do it, I said I didn't really want to leave Italy, where I was living at that time. My agent said, 'It's a real hip thing to do.' So, I flew back, went from the airport right into it, so they could do the makeup special FX, and I got the flu. I had a temperature of 104 for practically the whole time, and I barely remember shooting it. I would walk to the set shivering, get it together for each take, then trudge back to my trailer, just dying." - Starlog 4/95
In this anthology series, the legendary 1950's comic book rises from the dead as one of the most innovative, terrifying and frightfully funny horror shows on television. Each bone chilling adventure features a star-studded cast and is hosted by its slightly decaying master of ceremonies, the Crypt Keeper. Donald (Malcolm McDowell) is living the vampire dream - as night watchman in a blood bank. But he really shouldn't drink on the job. Now the company needs a massive transfusion. Good thing Donald knows how to suck up to the "donors." As he finds out, sometimes you have to bite a few necks to save your own. Also starring George Wendt.
Malcolm as a vampire, what more do you want? Actually this episode of HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" is a mini-classic. Malcolm is great as the cowardly vampire. To look young for the role he wears a black wig with a little ponytail. He plays the role crazily and has fun with it. It is also fun to Michael Berryman in a rare good guy role. Half hour anthology TV at it's finest.
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