Movie Review: Vampires Suck

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Official Tagline: A spoof of vampire-themed movies, where teenager ,Becca (Jenn Proske), an angst-ridden teenager, is torn between two supernatural suitors: vampire Edward (Matt Lanter) and werewolf Jacob (Chris Riggi). But she must find a way to evade her controlling father, who treats her like a helpless child. Meanwhile, her friends contend with their own romantic issues, leading to a confrontation at the prom.

Written by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Directed by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Starring: Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Diedrich Bader

They say that a trend in movies is on the way out when the movies become aimed at younger audiences and spoofs are made about the genre. The Vampire trend does seem to be slowing down and much of the market was aimed at young female movie goers who have short attention spans. The Twilight series was squarely aimed at young girls and one could say that the film versions are they themselves spoofs of much better vampire films.

The books by Stephanie Myers owe much to other novels and series about vampires. The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurel K Hamilton predates the Twilight series by several years and is a much better series and one could argue that most of the plot and characters from Twilight are pale copies of characters and events from the Anita Blake series.

I could spend several posts analyzing the short comings of the Twilight movies and books, but instead I’m going to review several vampire movies that are aimed more at your funny bone, than your jugular.
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First let’s look at a movie that spoofs the Twilight movies, called “Vampires Suck”. If you haven’t seen the Twilight movies, you may not get the feeble jokes this lackluster film shoots for. It would seem easy spoofing movies that are unintentionally laugh out loud funny because the Twilight movies are so badly done, But the film makers of “Vampires Suck” apparently couldn’t come up with any real funny bits for this film. “Vampires Suck” does indeed suck.

This is another spoof movie where the writers and director have no sense of film history or have actually bothered to study the films or genre they are spoofing. The reason a classic film like Young Frankenstein was so funny and worked so well was that the writers, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder are great comedians yes, but they also studied the classic Universal horror films, noting what caused the audience to jump with fear or feel sympathy for the creature and twist and turn those elements to laugh out loud moments of film magic.

With Vampires Suck, writers Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer who also co-directed the film, aim low with the script and stay there while directing. They take some easy pot shots at Twilight and unable to find more sophisticated humor from the vampire genre, take weak aim at other films and celebrities that were popular at the time they were writing the script [2008]. Few real laughs and you end your viewing feeling sorry for those poor actors subjected to such criminal film making.
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