Sunday, January 6, 2013

365 Days-Day 6

Movie: Vamps
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter
Genre: Comedy
Year: 2012
Format: DVD

Plot: Two female vampires living in modern day New York try to fit in. Stacy ends up falling in love with a Van Helsing and gets pregnant, and Goody bumps into a boyfriend from the 1960's who's middle aged and looking after his ill wife. Meanwhile, the vampire who made them -their Stem- is being too reckless with her kills drawing too much attention to the community. Everyone agrees it's time to destroy her. Goody and Stacy would revert back to human if that were to happen, to their real ages. Goody is the only one who is worried about that as she's been a vampire for almost two hundred years.

When I first heard about this film, I was excited. Clueless had been a major hit nearly twenty years ago and the idea that half the cast was back together for it was worthy of giddiness.
Add to it that Sigourney Weaver and Malcolm McDowell were in it and it seemed like it would be a mega movie.

Only it wasn't.  It was a mess.
It starts off with promise, then gets tangled up in it's own desire to be moral. Too much special effects are used, and not in any good way mostly for the end scene which just seemed rushed and out of sync with the rest of the movie. The pregnancy storyline given the the Ritter character is pointless... seriously, there is no building of a mythos around the vampires in this movie. 

If it was going for straight up campy slapstick, it missed the mark by a few hours. If it was going for romantic comedy it missed the mark by more then that.
The trailer made it seem like it was in line with movies like Clueless and Once Bitten, and the cover art leads you to think it's a vampire version of Sex and the City.  I'd say it's really about half the first draft of a script. 

what do i think i learned from this film?
I need a more complex backstory and mythology in my vampire films.   And never lie about your age.

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