The Ketchup Vampires

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • Animated, Children's

This politically-correct, lowbrow European cartoon import unreels with the graceless rhythm of badly-stitched together TV episodes. The setting is a castle where Prof. Edgar Von Ravenstein and his family peacefully co-exist with a clan of vegetarian vampires. These nonviolent bloodsuckers drink not blood but tomato juice, which Von Ravenstein brews and...read more

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This politically-correct, lowbrow European cartoon import unreels with the graceless rhythm of badly-stitched together TV episodes.

The setting is a castle where Prof. Edgar Von Ravenstein and his family peacefully co-exist with a clan of vegetarian vampires. These nonviolent bloodsuckers drink not blood but tomato juice, which Von Ravenstein brews and bottles for the benefit of all the undead forcibly reformed a generation

ago, when fanged rebel Maurice stole The Legacy of Dracula, a book divulging the vital "Matura Ceremony" that transforms young vampires into predators. Dracula's disciples still resent the lifestyle change and launch various schemes against the Ketchup Vampires during the pic's overstuffed running

time. First nasty Contessa Helga attacks with her brood of vampire brats, but after nothing results from that, a Transylvanian elder uses Dracula's ring to regain his youth and tries to entice nice-guy teen vamp Pino over to the Dark Side. His strategy fails as well, and by the finish the Ketchup

Vampires add Dracula's ring to their protective custody.

The English-language home-video version of this German-Hungarian thing is narrated by American TV horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson), whose crudely-overdubbed wisecracks often overlap the crudely-overdubbed dialogue when both aren't overlapped by crudely-overdubbed

Euro-pop music. Even Peterson, long a vegetarian activist, can't help getting saucy at times and pointing out gaps and inconsistencies in the clunky storyline. The rest of the voiceover artists go uncredited. Animation is utilitarian, with some character designs looking curiously like troll

dolls.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Review: This politically-correct, lowbrow European cartoon import unreels with the graceless rhythm of badly-stitched together TV episodes. The setting is a castle where Prof. Edgar Von Ravenstein and his family peacefully co-exist with a clan of vegetarian vampi… (more)

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