My Stepbrother Is a Vampire!?!

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Goofy take on vampire story is cheesy, not scary.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 92 minutes

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Positive Messages

While vampires may be blood-sucking dangers, half-vampires can be quite tame and use their powers to protect their families. Girls love a mystery; Vic advises friends who are less successful than he with women that "girls love you if they think you're not into them."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nancy is determined that her stepbrother is a vampire plotting to kill her. She studies the occult and carefully plots to protect herself. Vic is friendly, kind, polite, and helpful, even as his new sister accuses him of nefarious intentions. The proprietor of an occult shop is shady and seems only interested in money.

Violence

An unstable therapy patient comically wields sharp hatchets but doesn't harm anyone. Nancy runs around throughout the movie in a state of alarm, trying to panic her friends about the threat of vampires among them. In a comic scene, Jimmy and Mitch stab voodoo dolls of each other and scream in pain.

 

Sex

A school principal asks a handsome student to stay in her office because she thinks he's attractive, but this is played for comedy, and she never stands anywhere near him and he leaves immediately. A teenage boy and girl give each other a close-lipped nano-second kiss. Lucy describes Vic as "hot," but his sister Nancy takes this literally and assures her that her brother's hands are cold. "Have you ever touched him?" Nancy asks. "No," says Lucy, "but I'd like to."

Language

"Poop."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine glasses are full at a dinner, but no one drinks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Stepbrother Is a Vampire!?! is a 2013 silly comedy. The teenage obsession with the Twilight series is cited repeatedly throughout. High school boys and girls try to figure out how to attract each other, and when a magnetic handsome stranger comes to their school, the girls want him and the boys want to know his secrets. His stepsister is convinced he's a dangerous vampire and plots to kill him with comic results. Sex is implied, but nothing more than a nano-second peck is shown on-screen. Crucifixes are wielded as protection against vampires. An unstable therapy patient comically wields sharp hatchets but doesn't harm anyone. Nancy runs around throughout the movie in a state of alarm, trying to panic her friends about the threat of vampires among them. In a comic scene, Jimmy and Mitch stab voodoo dolls of each other and scream in pain.

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What's the story?

MY STEPBROTHER IS A VAMPIRE!?! Is a comic take on the vampire story. Years after the death of Nancy's father, her therapist mother finally meets a nice man. Soon after, they marry, and he and his handsome teenage son, Vic, move into Nancy's house. As a teenage writer of occult fiction, Nancy immediately decides that Vic is a vampire set on attacking her and all her friends. She picks up vampire-killing supplies at the local occult shop and stocks her room with garlic, stakes, crucifixes, and daggers (for lopping the weakened vampire's head off at the right moment).

Is it any good?

The opening action is narrated by a sarcastic cat, and that interesting device showcases the script at its most clever; things go downhill from there. Director David DeCoteau, also known for such works as 90210 Shark Attack and Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper, trained under director/producer Roger Corman (Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf), king of the cheap and terrible horror/slasher flicks, and the sets, costumes, and performances look about as low-budget as it gets. Male model Jud Birza, winner of the 2010 Survivor series, gets away with a one-note performance -- his job is to be a chick magnet, which he accomplishes handily by simply standing there in front of the camera. Not the best, but could be silly fun for a sleepover party.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way vampires have become romantic figures in popular culture. Does Vic embody that romance, or does he just seem like a regular, albeit polite and handsome, guy?

  • Nancy is convinced Vic is a vampire. Why do you think she comes to that conclusion? Do plot points early in the movie support her suspicions?

  • Miss Fortune's occult shop offers ways to kill vampires, including holy water, stakes, and daggers. Does the way the movie presents this information make it scary or comic?

Movie details

For kids who love goofy movies

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