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Christopher Lloyd sinks his teeth into his latest role: a friendly, bloodthirsty 'grampire'

There’s something funny about the retirees of Sunset Estates. They only seem to go out at night, they wear a creepy perfume called “Sanguine Secrets,” and when they pinch your cheek, it’s like they’re testing you for ripeness.

That’s right: Sunset Estates is overrun with elderly vampires, making it the perfect spooky/goofy subject for an episode of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series. And the block’s leading ghoul is played by an actor who knows his way around a creepy role: Christopher Lloyd, who has thrilled and chilled audiences as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and countless other characters.

The two-parter — called “Grampires,” after Lloyd’s grandpa vamp — will air on The Hub at 6 p.m. ET. Before its premiere, Lloyd called EW to chat about the project, his favorite scary movies, and his most spine-chilling Halloween memory. Caution: You’ll want to read this with the lights on.

What drew you to this part?
It seemed like a lot of fun to do — being a grampire, and at the same time being very human. He has his grandkids, and he has to resist being tempted by them as victims. So he’s got a conflict there. He really cares about them even though he’s a vampire. And he has to protect them from the other vampires in the village, which presents a challenge. Other roles I’ve done — Judge Doom and others — they’re blatantly evil. This guy is more complicated.

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