Director: Frank De Palma
Writer: Peter O’Keefe
Cast: Jeff Conaway, Roy Dotrice, Jillie Mack, Chi Chi Navarro, and Paul Sparer
Composer: Ken Lauber
Air Date: 2/1/1987
While writing a trashy horror novel, hack author Peter Prentice (Jeff Conaway) is approached by Count Draco (Roy Dotrice)—a vampire who agrees to share his life stories with Peter in exchange for sanctuary. Despite benefiting from Draco’s experience, Peter attempts to rid himself of the count by placing silverware in his coffin—with a painful outcome.
Providing a modern twist on the Dracula legend, “My Ghostwriter – The Vampire” may appeal to fans of gothic horror movies. Specifically, this episode should be commended for its bloody makeup effects, topnotch performances, and well-written character exchanges.
Capturing the elegance, gravitas, and subtle charm of a centuries-old vampire, actor Roy Dotrice deserves praise for his performance. Especially convincing are Count Draco’s interactions with Peter Prentice, whose sleazy antics and disrespectful tone often clash with the noble, dignified manner of the eponymous vampire. (In fact, viewers may find Count Draco—though a bloodthirsty creature of the night—to be a more sympathetic and likable protagonist than Peter, who resorts to plagiarism, dishonesty, and outright murder when crafting his new bestseller, 900 Years of Darkness.)
“My Ghostwriter – The Vampire” may evoke criticism for its predictable twist ending, which offers a contrived series of events leading to the resurrection of Count Draco.
“My Ghostwriter – The Vampire” is a clever, if occasionally campy, installment of Tales from the Darkside. Series enthusiasts may therefore enjoy this episode, which suffers only from a hackneyed twist in the final scene.
Overall Quality: 8/10
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