My Babysitter's a Vampire
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|My Babysitter's a Vampire|
Original movie poster
|Directed by||Bruce McDonald|
|Produced by||Brian Irving|
|Written by||Tim Burns
(executive story editor)
(executive story editor)
|Music by||James Chapple
theme song "Girl Next Door" by Copperpot Written by Jarrett Randazzo
|Editing by||Ellen Fine|
|Production company||Fresh TV|
|Original channel||Teletoon/Télétoon (Canada)
Disney Channel (United States)
|Running time||81 minutes|
My Babysitter's a Vampire is a Canadian vampire adventure comedy horror television film starring Vanessa Morgan and Matthew Knight. The film's plot centers on a group of teenagers, one of them a vampire unwittingly hired by a couple to babysit their daughter in lieu of their somewhat untrustworthy son, and their efforts to foil a plot to resurrect a cult group of deceased vampires.
The film aired on October 9, 2010, on the Canadian television channel Teletoon. The French version of the film aired on Teletoon's French-Canadian courterpart, Télétoon, on October 16, 2010. It premiered in the United States on Disney Channel June 10, 2011.
Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight) is a geeky freshman, not trusted by his parents to stay home alone with his little sister Jane. They hire Erica (Kate Todd), a girl from Ethan's high school who is a huge fan of "Dusk" (a parody of Twilight), as a babysitter. However, Erica comes across her best friend Sarah (Vanessa Morgan), and Jesse (Joe Dinicol), Sarah's vampire ex-boyfriend, on the night she is to babysit, and decides to attend a party that Jesse is throwing instead. During a fight between Sarah and Jesse, Sarah ends up at Ethan's house and tells Ethan's parents that she was asked to babysit instead. Ethan has a vision when touching Sarah, and notices she has no reflection in the mirror, leaving him suspicious of her. He confides this in his dorky best friend, Benny (Atticus Mitchell).
Sarah leaves to get Erica back from the party, knowing the party is full of bloodthirsty vampires. Curious, the boys have Benny's grandmother watch over Jane while they follow Sarah. They see her feed on a rat and realize she is a vampire. Sarah quickly explains that she is only a fledgling, a vampire who has not drunk human blood. The three of them return home, where they are attacked by a vampire sent by Jesse. The vampire is subdued by Sarah and they head to the vampire party to save Erica and their dimwitted friend, Rory (Cameron Kennedy). However, Erica has been bitten by Gord and later bites Rory. Ethan, Benny, and Sarah then battle the vampires and escape.
The next day, Rory, now a full vampire after drinking human blood, informs Ethan and Benny that Jesse's gang are going to church so Ethan, Benny and Sarah follow them. Ethan has a vision in which he sees a gravestone, whose dates unscramble to the number 219, and a mysterious box, which is then uncovered by the vampires. The box is called the Cubile Animus or "Nest of Souls." Ethan and Sarah figure out Jesse's full plan from an old book, learning that in the original settlement of the town, there was a priest named Reverend Horace Black that led an evil vampire cult. The townspeople burned the cult members, leading to all "219" of their deaths during a lunar eclipse. In another vision, Ethan sees that Jesse is Horace Black, and plans to use the box to trap the souls of teens going to see a movie premiere to resurrect the souls of his ancient cult during the lunar eclipse occurring on that same night.
Benny's grandmother, who reveals that she is an Earth Priestess, gives Ethan, Benny and Sarah enchanted daggers and a spellbook to defeat the vampires. She explains that Ethan sees visions because he is a Seer, which enables him to see visions through touch, and that Benny is a spellmaster, allowing him to cast spells. At the theater, the vampires begin to steal the souls of the teens, but are thwarted by Ethan, Benny and Sarah. Jesse escapes and Ethan and Benny follow in pursuit. In another vision, Ethan sees the tree he saw inside the old book, realizing it's the tree in his backyard, where they find Jesse. As the eclipse begins, Jesse attempts to hold Ethan and Benny down and resurrect the souls he already obtained from the Cubile Animus, but Sarah intervenes. When the box lands in Ethan's hands, he releases the vengeful souls that were captured, and they destroy Jesse.
The next day, Ethan, Benny and Sarah head to school, meeting Erica and Rory, who have decided to live peacefully as vampires.
- Matthew Knight - Ethan
- Vanessa Morgan - Sarah
- Atticus Mitchell - Benny
- Cameron Kennedy - Rory
- Kate Todd - Erica
- Joe Dinicol - Jesse
- Ella Jonas Farlinger - Jane
- Ari Cohen - Ethan's Dad
- Laura DeCarteret - Ethan's Mom
- Hrant Alianak - Principal Hicks
- Joan Gregson - Grandma
- Cassie Steele - Rochelle
- Jamie Johnston - James
A television series based on the film has been produced. It was created by Fresh TV, creators of 6teen and Total Drama. As a special sneak peek, the first four episodes of the series aired on Teletoon (English) from March 14, 2011 to March 17, 2011. Also as a special sneak peek the four episodes aired on Télétoon (French) from February 28, 2011 to March 3, 2011. The series premiered in Canada on January 5, 2011 on both channels. The series premiered on Disney Channel on June 27, 2011, in the United States, and the channel aired all the episodes of the first season in the US before they premiered in Canada. The first season officially premiered in Canada on January 5, 2012. It was produced by Fresh TV.
Season 2 of the show has been greenlit by Fresh TV, and was originally revealed by Vanessa Morgan on her official, personal Twitter. Filming began on September 21, 2011 to November 17, 2011. The same day filming ended, Disney Channel announced they would pick it up for a second season. The second season first premiered on Disney Channel in the US on June 29, 2012. It made its premiere on Teletoon in Canada on September 6, 2012. The series is currently on hiatus as of April 2013, but a second movie is being planned.
On its original airing on June 10, 2011 on Disney Channel in the United States; the TV film pulled approximately 4.18 million total viewers and 0.6 rating in the age 18-49 demographic; ranking in seventh place in that age demographic — though leading that night in top total viewers.
Awards and honors
|2011||Gemini Award||Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie||Nominated||N/A|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series||Nominated||Atticus Mitchell|
|Directors Guild of Canada Award||Best Direction in a Television Movie or Mini-Series||Nominated||Bruce McDonald|
|Best Production Design in a Television Movie or Mini-Series||Nominated||Ingrid Jurek|
|Best Sound Editing in a Television Movie or Mini-Series||Nominated||Robert Hegedus, Marvyn Dennis, Kevin Howard, Mark Beck, Gren-Erich Zwicker, and Richard Calistan|
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