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Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

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Approx. run time 85 minutes
Written by Lindsay Naythons
Robert Keats
Directed by Steve Boyum
Produced by Don Schain
Starring Matt O'Leary
Laura Vandervoort
Myles Jeffrey
Caroline Rhea
Charles Shaughnessy
Robert Carradine
Jake Epstein
Editing by Alan Cody
Music by Christopher Brady
Cinematography Michael Storey
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date October 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)

Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie.



The Hansen kids are in a jam. Adam (Matt O'Leary) and his best friend Duffy (Jake Epstein) have gotten their hands on 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 as punishment because he didn't 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 divorced mom Lynette (Caroline Rhea) happened to hear. Chelsea and Adam will do whatever it takes to get their mom out of the house, even if it includes a chance meeting with a very mysterious man. Everything seems to go according to plan until their little brother Taylor (Myles Jeffrey) realizes that this stranger might be a vampire.

His brother and sister don't believe Taylor so he calls Malachi Van Helsing (Robert Carradine), the vampire hunter. The night that their mom goes out with Dimitri (Charles Shaughnessy), the vampire, Taylor follows them. Not wanting their mom to come home, 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 Dimitri truly is a vampire (he didn't have a reflection) and, along with Chelsea, sets out to stop Dimitri, who puts their mom in a trance and takes 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) sets out to save his mom 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've heard the word "date" for one night, try to convince her to stay single -- which is when Lynette makes a confession consisting of, "I date...just not vampires." Then, finally, they all decide to go back to the Hansen house for breakfast as the sun is finally rising.


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. The shot was removed from subsequent airings, and as of 2009 is not available on any DVD or VHS release.


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