Vamps is a Modern Day Vampire Comedy
There haven’t been too many mainstream comedy movies about vampires, but Vamps is looking to change that. Most of the comedic movies about vampires still tend to be dark, have a lot of blood, and are likely to obtain cult classic status. Near Dark, the 80s vampire comedy featuring cult favorite Lance Hendriksen, is a film that is considered a cult classic. The Lost Boys, featuring popular actors at the time Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, is another cult classic vampire comedy that has even spawned a graphic novel, a sequel, and a reboot of the original film. Vamps,was released November 2012, is a mainstream film hoping to capitalize on the star power of the actors involved to push the vampire comedy into mainstream success. There is definitely some comedic power in the film thanks to starring roles featuring beloved actors like Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter, Alicia Silverstone, Malcolm McDowell and Marilu Henner. The wide range of actors appearing in the film should give it the kind of cross generational appeal that will help make it a mainstream film instead of a cult classic. The casting of Malcolm McDowell as Vlad Tepish is inspired and will add a lot to the film.
Vamps it the story of two female vampires living in New York City, with the vamps being played by Krysten Ritter and Alicia Silverstone. The two are rich socialites and enjoy all the perks of being rich in NYC when they are not dodging vampire hunters. They both fall in love with human men, which makes their situations extremely complicated. The vampire hunters stalking their every movement doesn’t help much either. Sigourney Weaver, as the vampire queen, steals the show. And venerable comedy actors Wallace Shawn and Kristin Johnson as Dr. and Mrs Van Helsing, vampire hunters, are funny enough to keep the plot going even though early screenings repot some weak spots in the plot that audiences may find a little dull. Vamps is definitely a character driven comedy that shows off the comedic chops of the young stars as well, because they have to hold their own up against some of the best comedic actors in Hollywood. They succeed in turning a film that sounds more like a sketch than a full length feature into something that is really fun to watch. Vamps make it ok to laugh at some aspects of vampires which have been frightening audiences for generations.
For a mainstream picture Vamps is pretty low budget, with filming budgeted for 37 days only. The movie was made on a shoestring which gives the film some leeway when it comes to box office receipts. This is the type of movie that probably would have done well going straight to video and one that will definitely be something to check out when you’re looking for Halloween movies that will give you ga good laugh instead of a good scare.