While visiting family down under, American teen Lonny catches up with his grandfather, a man with an infectious giggle, a thirst for adventure — and two vampire-sized incisors. Released locally as Grampire, this family-friendly adventure combines local names (among them future Pluto singer Milan Borich) with a winning turn as nice guy vampire by American Al Lewis (cult series The Munsters). Director David Blyth was won over by Michael Heath’s script because it reversed convention, and “was a plea for children to be allowed to keep and develop their imaginations”.
It’s the warm, anti-authority bonding that’s best about this playful ditty ... it’s an engagingly silly and kind kids’ movie.– Duane Byrge, reviewing Moonrise in the Hollywood Reporter
Murray Newey & The Tucker Production Co.
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata
Music composed by Jim Manzie and Pat Regan.
Closing credits song 'I Still Want You' performed by Andrew Fagan.
Includes excerpts from opera The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.