Two friends, Joshua and Calvin, stumble into an underground world of Vampires who hunt humans and farm their blood. Through no effort they manage to escape with their lives and the love of two vampires.
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.
A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal.
In Manhattan, the vampires Goody and Stacy share an apartment and work and study in the night-shift. Goody was turned in vampire in 1840 by the evil Cisserus, who turned Stacy in the 90s, and they became best friends but Goody never told her real age to her friend. They only drink mice blood and refuse to drink human blood, and they go together to the Vampire Anonymous. Stacy falls in love with her classmate Joey, and soon she learns that he is the son of the vampire slayer Dr. Van Helsing. Meanwhile, Goody meets her former passion, Danny, in the hospital where his wife is terminal. When Stacy gets pregnant, Goody knows that the only way that the child can survive is killing Cisserus, since they would revert to their human ages. But nobody knows where her lair is.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Dr. Van Helsing:
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"I don't appreciate being called the V-Word... extended life form-Yes"
We were first introduced to writer-director Amy Heckerling with her quirky comedy cult classic of the late 80s and 90s with Look Who's Talking, Clueless and Loser. Now a decade later Heckerling bring us Vamps, which despite its quirky comedy and simple naïve characters that have given her cult status in the past Vamps sadly falls short.
Vamps see's Heckling reunite with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone who plays Goody a Vampire who has grown tired of her modern life and modern day men, longing for a more simplest time of her former glory days in the 1920s. Her and her best friend also a vampire Stacy spend their days living off the blood of rats, partying and meeting boys.
Heckerlings vampires are a long way from the bloodsucking ghouls of its predecessors; both characters are youthful, girly, bubble and naïve, and despite the fact that they are vampires are fairly relatable and realistic.
The overall plot of the film is fairly weak. A loose story of Vampire confidentiality under attack due to the rise in technology comes into play, but not really necessary as it does nothing to further the characters development or carry the film anywhere important.
Both Goody and Stacy have love interests, Goody meets a former lover from the 60s, while Stacy still a relatively new Vampire meets the dashing Joey at uni with the surname of "Helsing" a plot devise which again doesn't evolve greatly and could have been expanded more.
The film also features Sigourney Weaver, Goody's maker, a one dimensional character filled with blood lust and evil tendencies, a role the actress won't be remembered for.
One of the other set backs in the film are the poor special effects which really make you cringe and take you right out of the film. The film would have done way better to just cut out the cheesy effects all together.
The main shortcomings of this film however fall back on the poor script. The storyline has a lot of potential, the characters are likable and funny and vampire stories are highly marketable, but with a weak plot and lack of character development it becomes a story much about nothing and doesn't bring anything new to the table that hasn't already been explored in the other countless Vampire films.
The ending of the film was rather good, but due to the lack of build up and plot development you end up not caring either way, which is a shame because if done right this movie could have been something really good.
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