For the past few years running, it seems as if vampires have been the Supernatural Creature de jour, thanks to the bestselling series “True Blood”, and the not-even-worth-the-paper-it-is-printed-on-Twilight series. Another young adult book series getting the film treatment is Richelle Mead’s “Vampire Academy”, and it was not as terrible as I was prepared for it to be, which is refreshing.
Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) are two girls who attend a very posh, very private boarding school for vampires. Think Hogwarts, but with more bitey and less garlic. In this school there are two types of vampires: the regal Moroi, who are peaceful vampires, and Dhampirs, who are the half-human, half-vampire guardians of the Moroi. Rose and Lissa have been on the run for two years and have been returned to St Vladimir’s Academy. With Lissa being a Moroi princess and Rose a Dhampir guardian-in-training, veteran Guardian Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky) agrees to take Rose under his wing and mentor her as she trains to protect her best friend. Too bad there is someone or something at the school who is set on making Lissa dead, making Rose’s training even harder.
With films like “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls”, director Mark Waters already has an impressive resume, but add in screenwriting by his brother Daniel Waters, who wrote the screenplay for one of my all-time favourite dark teen movies “Heathers”? It’s a perfect combination needed for the vampy angst needed to make “Vampire Academy” pretty damn good. It is by no means “Interview with the Vampire”, but it sure beats the hell out of the terrible Twilight franchise.
“Vampire Academy” will be available on blu-ray on Tuesday, May 20th.
Had the chance to talk to director Mark Waters about the movie, his other movies including ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Mean Girls.’ Also he told us about a potential second movie. Listen to the interview below.
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