The Vampire Boy in Liar, Liar, Vampire

Liar, Liar, Vampire takes a bite out of clichés in romances between vampires and teenagers. Anything but boring and dripping with fun, it's a Halloween story with a twist.

Bonnie Mukherjee
Bonnie Mukherjee
October 26, 2021
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It's a Halloween story with a new twist.

Liar, Liar, Vampire is a 2015 Nickelodeon movie that is classified as a Halloween comedy movie. It focuses on Davis, the new kid in town, who is mistaken for a vampire boy by Caitlyn, the most popular girl at his new high school. Caitlyn hosts her own video blog called "Caitlyn's World" where she talks about the topics trending around Forksley High. Rumors about Davis being a vampire spread throughout the entire student body; within days, the new boy has earned newfound popularity.

Throughout the movie, viewers will see a lot of Halloween references and allusions to The Twilight Saga.

The Twilight Saga Allusions

This image is of Brec Bassinger, who plays a girl who is a vampire expert, reading a book

Brec Bassinger, who plays Vi, reading the book Eclipse

Liar, Liar, Vampire has a lot of references to The Twilight Saga franchise. Children and teenagers who have not seen any of the Twilight films or read any of the books within the Twilight series might be curious about what the stories focused on and what captured the hearts of so many fans. There are noticeable clues that give viewers a sense of the series.

In the opening scene of the film, after the movie title, there is a sign labeled: "Welcome to Forksley." Forksley is a pun on the real town of Forks, Washington, where Bella Swan, Twilight's protagonist, lives with her father throughout most of the films. The rainy and cloudy weather in Forksley matches the atmosphere of the film in almost all of the scenes, especially the school building; the viewers rarely see sunshine. In addition, when Caitlyn takes Davis into the woods, viewers can see and relate to the Twilight films that the gloomy weather also matches the supposed vampire boy Edward's dark and mysterious feelings about living in a town where it rains all the time.

Further, in the opening scene where Davis meets his new neighbor, Vi, played by Brec Bassinger, if viewers can look closely, they will notice the book Vi is reading is Eclipse, written by Stephenie Meyer. The Eclipse book featured in the film is a symbol of vampire themes, presented in a way that is appropriate for a younger audience. Notably, the book is an edition with the Eclipse movie on its cover. This is a probably a nod to how The Twilight Saga films are usually targeted towards teenagers. The Twilight Saga movie covers also appear as posters in Davis's bedroom, where he tries different ways of becoming a vampire after his classmates believe he is one. Davis even holds up the very same Eclipse book that Vi reads in the opening scene.

Rahart Adams

This image is of Rahart Adams, the boy who plays Davis

Rahart Adams stars as Davis, the "vampire boy." He is a good fit for the role because he has a lot of unique traits that distinguish him from other boys at Forksley High School. His accent, his black, spiky hair, and his tall stature are all stand-out features for a 17-year-old boy pretending to be a vampire.

He is also known for Davis's voiceovers, which offer the viewers a window into Davis's inner thoughts as he tries to navigate a new town and new school. Davis's voiceovers are similar to Bella Swan's in the Twilight franchise, although he focuses more on pretending to be a vampire than on pursuing one.

In Davis's bedroom scene, Rahart is seen wearing a vampire costume, composed of vampire fangs, spiky black hair, and a black cloak. The vampire costume is a traditional costume that fits with the Halloween theme of the movie and is also seen at the Creepy Carnival. Rahart is also good at playing the vampire character, which is Davis's alter ego. In one scene where Caitlyn interviews Davis for her video blog, he says:

"Time is for those waiting to die."

This quote is one that may prove memorable to every Halloween lover who loves movies about vampires as those words carry a creepy and spooky theme. It also references Edward's character from the Twilight Saga film series.

What is the message?

The message of the movie is to stick to being true to yourself rather than lying to keep up a reputation. Wearing Halloween costumes can be fun, as shown in the Creepy Carnival scene where the kids of Forksley High School wear costumes on Halloween night to celebrate. However, pretending to be somebody you aren't for a bit of fun can end up turning into a big deception, and everyone can get carried away with all the lies.

When meeting new people around Halloween season, it's easy for some people to be fooled by costumes and project on people dressing up. One person might mistake another for somebody else just because they were wearing a similar ensemble. In the final scene where Davis makes a speech to his classmates that he was only pretending to be a vampire just so he can make friends, Davis is interrupted when a vampire slayer arrives in the auditorium. The man announces that he is planning to kill Davis, still thinking the teenager is a true vampire boy. The slayer challenges Davis to a fight, but after some much needed clearing up of the situation, they both make amends.

Davis also realizes that Caitlyn is not the right girl for him, as she was making up rumors about him being a "vampire boy", influencing him to dress and act like one. The right girl for him is Vi, who has proven to him all along that she is a true friend; Davis and Vi share a romantic kiss to celebrate the power of being authentic and dropping his act.