Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire
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|Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire|
|Written by||Lindsay Naythons
|Directed by||Steve Boyum|
|Theme music composer||Christopher Brady|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||85 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||October 13, 2000|
The Hansen children are in a jam. Adam (Matt O'Leary) and his best friend Duffy (Jake Epstein) have some tickets for the Headless Horseman concert, and his sister Chelsea (Laura Vandervoort) has a date with her dreamy boyfriend Peter. The only problem is, they are both grounded: Adam is punished because he did not do his homework, instead making up a story using an article from the magazine The Weekly Secret, and Chelsea because she called Adam a dweeb, which their mother, Lynette (Caroline Rhea), happened to hear. Chelsea and Adam will do whatever it takes to get their mother out of the house, even if it includes a chance meeting with a very mysterious man named Dimitri. Everything seems to go according to plan, until their little brother Taylor (Myles Jeffrey) realizes that Dimitri is a vampire.
His brother and sister do not believe Taylor, so he calls Malachi Van Helsing (Robert Carradine), the vampire hunter. The night that their mother goes out with Dimitri (Charles Shaughnessy) and Taylor follows them. Not wanting their mother to come home and extend their punishments, they follow Taylor and find him outside the restaurant that Lynette and Dimitri are at. Adam and Taylor make the vampire do the spoon test (a fake test made up by Adam to get Taylor to stop calling Dimitri a vampire). Afterwards, Adam discovers that Taylor was right about Dimitri being a vampire when he looks in the mirror and notices Dimitri does not have a reflection. So, along with Chelsea, he sets out to stop Dimitri, who puts their mother in a trance and plans to take her to his mansion. Meanwhile, Malachi Van Helsing arrives and begins to hunt down Dimitri, only to discover that he was being followed by Taylor, who (after learning the spoon test was made up by Adam) had also set out to save his mother from Dimitri.
In the end, Taylor becomes Van Helsing's partner and they arrive to do battle with Dimitri, who has Lynette in a trance, but even together Taylor, Adam, Chelsea and Van Helsing are unable to defeat Dimitri. Dimitri goes to bite a powerless Adam, but he and Chelsea call out to Lynette, breaking her trance (as only true love for someone can break a vampire's trance). She throws Dimitri into his coffin. Van Helsing seals the coffin with silver-plated nails and explains that he plans to send it to a place where it's always sunny. Shortly after Dimitri is sealed up, Van Helsing asks their mother out on a "date", after which Adam, Chelsea and Taylor, believing they have heard the word "date" enough for one night, try to convince her to stay single which is when Lynette confesses, "I date. Just not vampires". Finally, they all decide to go back to the Hansen house for breakfast as the sun is finally rising.
- Matt O'Leary as Adam Hansen, the 13 year old protagonist. The lazy middle child of the family.
- Laura Vandervoort as Chelsea Hansen. The second 16 year old main character. The eldest child of the family.
- Myles Jeffrey as Taylor Hansen. The third 8 year old main character. The youngest of the family.
- Caroline Rhea as Lynette Hansen. The strict no nonsense divorced mother of Chelsea, Adam, and Taylor. Lynette is overprotective of Taylor.
- Charles Shaughnessy as Dimitri Denatos. The evil vampire of the film.
- Robert Carradine as Malachi Van Helsing. The vampire hunter.
- Jake Epstein as Duffy. Adam's best friend.
- J. Adam Brown as Boomer. A boy who likes Chelsea.
There was at one time a hoax that after the premiere on Zoog Disney in 2000, Disney received many complaints about a shot in which Dimitri licks his lips while looking at the family dog, presumably because he was interested in feasting on it. However, there is no family dog in the movie. Furthermore, no dog of any kind appears in the movie, nor is any kind of animal trainer or wrangler credited. No shot like this could have been complained about or removed.