American Vampire (film)

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American Vampire
American Vampire.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byLuis Esteban
Produced byGrant S. Staley
Written byRollin Jarrett
Music byMark Boccaccio
CinematographyGoran Pavicevic
Decatur-Staley Productions[1]
Release date
  • March 20, 2001 (2001-03-20)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

American Vampire (also known as An American Vampire Story) is an American independent comedy horror film directed by Luis Esteban, written by Rollin Jarrett, and starring Carmen Electra, Adam West, Sidney Lassick and Trevor Lissauer. Its plot follows a young male teenager who encounters a female vampire while his parents vacation in Europe.


Teenager Frankie (Trevor Lissauer), is left in charge of the family home for a few weeks while his parents are vacationing in Europe. After a day of surfing on the beach, Frankie and his best friend Bogie (Danny Hitt) happen upon a group of sexy Bohemian vampires led by Moondoggie (Johnny Venocur) along with his minions Sulka and Katrina (Carmen Electra and Deborah Xavier) and invite them to stay in Frankie's house for a few days in hopes of getting lucky. When Frankie learns that the threesome have some secrets, he enlists the aid of the Big Kahuna, a legendary vampire killer (Adam West) who teaches Frankie how to solve his vampire problems. The film has attained cult-like status with its tongue in cheek humor and its many references to the Beach Party films of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, which were hugely popular in the mid-60's. An appearance by iconic surf guitar legend Dick Dale performing on the beach adds to the retro vibe of the film.



The film was released on VHS and DVD on March 20, 2001[2] by York Home Entertainment.[3] An audio track featuring commentary from comedians from Los Angeles's Groundlings troupe was included.[3] This release featured over-dubbed audio tracks on the actors' performances.[4] It was re-released in 2005 by Digiview Productions in a slim-case package.[5][6]


  1. ^ "American Vampire (1996)". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "An American Vampire Story". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b American Vampire (DVD)|format= requires |url= (help). York Home Entertainment. ASIN B000055ZG4.
  4. ^ Bosko, Mark Steven (2003). The Complete Independent Movie Marketing Handbook: Promote, Distribute & Sell Your Film Or Video. Michael Wiese Productions. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-941-18876-0.
  5. ^ American Vampire (DVD)|format= requires |url= (help). Digiview Productions. 2005. ASIN B000BCM4QK.
  6. ^ Westman, Ed (October 29, 2005). "K-tel Albums Return, Minus the Toll-Free Number". Billboard. Vol. 117 no. 44. p. 19. ISSN 0006-2510.

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