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VAMPIRES SUCK

SYNOPSIS:
Becca (Jenn Proske) is torn between two boys; the mysterious, moody and ridiculously pale Edward (Matt Lanter), or the stable and sweet Jacob (Chris Riggi) who reminds her of a "little gay brother". In her quest to decide between the two she must survive a family dinner without actually becoming the dinner, made even harder by a group of vampires (looking very much like the Black Eyed Peas) who are also set on eating her. She is also trying to deal with her controlling father Frank (Diedrich Bader) who still sees her as a little girl. As prom night looms Becca must make some tough decisions. But when Edward leaves her (to protect her), Becca puts her life on the line. Maybe now he'll come back to protect her ...

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Readers who are not caught up in the Twilight saga but have seen the film/s will not be surprised how easy it is to spoof this franchise, from the physical features of its stars to their personality characteristics to the storyline. Imagine a clever cartoonist turning his pen from the politicians to these characters and you'll get some idea of the fun that can be had.

Becca's taciturn nature is amplified enough to make us wonder whether she has forgotten her lines or simply can't summon the words in most situations, giving her nonplussed look a good workout, thanks to a well judged impersonation by Jenn Proske. Matt Lanter is given all the hair and make up help to get him into Edward's shoes (and grey duffle jacket, of course) and Chris Riggi is smooth as Jacob the would-be werewolf.

In fact if anything, these spoof versions of the characters are too kind to the originals, and the screenplay itself avoids anything that might be construed as negative or bitchy or wickedly funny, perhaps to attract and not alienate the Twilight fans. But there is plenty of chuckle stuff, especially in the first half, as the plotpoints are given an absurd interpretation. There is self referential comedy, too, and a semi successful swipe at the movie, Dear John, but the primary target is Twilight, and the spilling of occasional blood is given a happy, flowing quality.

Despite its short running time, the film sags a bit in the final third, but the target audience will undoubtedly get a boost from experiencing the film as a crowd, cheering and jeering and choking on some of the gags.
Published first in the Sun-Herald

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

VAMPIRES SUCK (M)
(US, 2010)

CAST: Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Christopher Riggi, Devon Kelly, Diedrich Bader, Arielle Kebbel, B. J. Britt, Emily Probst, Ken Jeong

PRODUCER: Peter Safran

DIRECTOR: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

SCRIPT: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shawn Maurer

EDITOR: Peck Prior

MUSIC: Christopher Lennertz

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William A. Elliott

RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 26, 2010







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