Sunday, 10 April 2011

DVD Review - Vampires Suck

Rating: 3.3/10

This is one of the worst spoofs ever made.

Director: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Screenplay: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Producer: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer and Peter Safran. Executive Producer: Arnon Milchan. Cinematographer: Shawn Maurer. Score: Christopher Lennertz. Editor: Peck Prior. Studio: Regency Enterprises. Starring: Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Christopher N. Riggi, Ken Jeong and Anneliese Van Der Pol. Running Time: 86 Minutes. Age Restriction: 13 

Spoof movies tend to be hit and miss. Vampires Suck just plain sucks. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Naked Gun and Police Academy series spoofed police action films with nice results. The Scary Movie movies did a decent job in the early part of last decade. Admittedly, they got worse with each installment. And films like Disaster Movie and Epic Movie were awful. Still, there were some genuinely funny films along the way - Not Another Teen Movie, was actually smart, and Galaxy Quest was cute. If Vietnam-type movie, Tropic Thunder counts as a spoof, it trumps most competition.

It would be unfair to compare Vampires Suck to a Ben Stiller-directed film. But, as far as poking fun at a crazy phenomenon like the Twilight saga goes, Vampires Suck does not come close.

It basically retells Twilight's main story but laces itself with extremely hackneyed jokes, and they just aren't funny. It is no play on vampire films in general either.

Basically, if you want to tear Twilight to shreds, look for parodies of it on the Internet. Various comics have poked fun at it. The Simpsons television show spoofed it well in a Halloween episode.

Still, the film is not complete excrement and you may laugh at one or two scenes.

Verdict: A poor parody which fails at a great opportunity to poke fun at a massively popular book and film series.

Alistair Anderson

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