Haunted by bizarre dreams about goth rocker Trey Sylvania (Drew Seeley), with a growing lust for blood, Dylan (Lucas Grabeel) is not your average teenager-he's transforming into a vampire! ... See full summary »
Haunted by bizarre dreams about goth rocker Trey Sylvania (Drew Seeley), with a growing lust for blood, Dylan (Lucas Grabeel) is not your average teenager-he's transforming into a vampire! It all started when he was bitten by a voracious fanged exchange student, and it's a process he is desperate to stop-but how? His demented dentist can't do anything about Dylan's aching teeth and emerging fangs, and the anti-bloodsucking pills he gets from his para-psychologist just give him a rash. Dylan is terrified and he doesn't know what to do-especially about his beautiful girlfriend Sara (Adrian Slade). Every time Dylan gets close to Sara his fangs pop out and he gets an overwhelming urge to bite her. He isn't sure how much longer he can stop himself, so he's been avoiding her and she has no idea why. Confused and hurt, Sara sings about her frustration. Dylan knows he's got to explain himself, and vocalizes his torment. Written by
I went to what I think was the first ever public showing of this film at SIFF, at the Neptune theater. There were apparently some difficulties getting the film there, and when it finally arrived, they played it off what I believe was the director's mac book, and due to technical difficulties there was no color correction and the time code was across the top. However, we were informed that this was the final cut of the film - only the color correction was missing.
I had a lot of fun at this movie. I think I'll start with the best parts - It was immediately hilarious. This movie didn't take itself 100% seriously, and I loved that. There were some great breaking-the-4th-wall moments where the characters acknowledged that they were singing and dancing. All the characters were over-the-top and very funny ("Dan Helsing" in particular). The musical numbers (of which there are plenty) were probably THE best part. The songs themselves were all catchy and well-produced, and the dances were a blast to watch. Each musical number was as slick and flashy as any pop music video.
Now, for low spots of the film... The points where it lagged were when it started to take itself seriously - the dramatic moments between the characters were very soap-opera-y. Also, the plot was almost paper-thin and didn't always make much sense. It was sort of just a string to hang the big comedic and musical moments on.
I still recommend seeing this movie. I think anyone who likes rock musicals will enjoy this. This is the kind of movie you go see with all your friends to laugh together and sing the songs afterward. If this movie doesn't become a box office hit, I think it will at least become a cult hit, particularly with teens and 20-somethings...
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