Tori Spelling as the Mom in the 2016 “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?”

In the 1996 made-for-TV movie “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?”, Tori Spelling played a college student named Laurel Lewisohn. She gets involved with a possessive fellow who will murder anyone who stands between him and the object of his affections. He will also murder the object of his affections if she doesn’t want to go along with the program. If you never saw the original, you can get a glimpse of some scenes in The Agony Booth’s very funny video review. (Note to Stan: It has been released on DVD since your review)

20 years later, James Franco produced a reimagining of the film — kind of where you give the characters different names, rework the story but still keep enough of the original to justify using the same title, at least to yourself if no one else. The big change was revealed on Vulture back in April: “it’s now a same-sex vampire love story.” The film premiered on Lifetime on Saturday, June 18th.

Tori Spelling is now a mom named Julie. Her daughter, Leah, is played by Leila George (daughter of Vincent D’Onofrio and Greta Scacchi). Leah brings home a girlfriend named Pearl (Emily Meade) who has already been turned into a “night walker”

There was lotsa fighting, lotsa blood, lotsa black clothes and fang baring. There were other female vampires And there was Bob, a classmate of Laurel’s who had a crush on her and was jealous of Pearl. The female vampires and Bob were bad. Pearl was a good vampire who tried to stick to feeding on bad people.

The movie will air a couple of times on Lifetime on Sunday June 19th. Check their website for more info if you’re in a vampire frame of mind. And oh, yes, James Franco was in it. He wasn’t a vampire though. He was directing a production of MacBeth that went way off script.

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