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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
Amy Heckerling's name on a film as director is usually enough to get me to watch it. She has an undeniable talent for presenting life lessons through her work while capturing a snapshot of a certain cultural time period, whether it be the 1980s through "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," the 1990s with "Clueless," or the 2000's with "Loser" and the CW's successful "Gossip Girl." "Vamps" is Heckerling's latest movie and continues the trend.

Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are modern day vampires living life to its fullest. Every night they feed on rats which are easy to come by thanks to the rodent control business they work for. They're part of a new movement of vampires who don't drink the blood of humans. After work, they hit the clubs and hot spots of New York City before heading home at dawn for a good day's sleep in their coffins.

The girl's soon begin to realize that being young forever isn't all it's cracked up to be. Goody has trouble adjusting to the modern technologies and trends of the 21st century. Stacy finds herself falling in love with the son (Dan Stevens) of the descendant of Van Helsing and longing to be human again. Unfortunately, the only way for the two to get their wishes of ending their immortality and getting on with their real human lives is by killing their maker, Cisserus (Sigourney Weaver).

Heckerling does a superb job exploring the mid-20s age range and our difficulty facing the fears we have or had of growing up and getting older. Being a woman in her late 50s, she has a lot of experience dealing with the subject matter. It just so happens this time around she uses vampires as her vehicle to deliver the messages. What viewers get is an entertaining and humorous film that leaves you with something to think about in the end.

The cast is a very impressive combination of talents. Many of them have appeared in Heckerling's films in the past, giving this a sort of "connection" to her other works. Besides Silverstone, we get Wallace Shawn ("Clueless"), Meredith Scott Lynn ("Night at the Roxbury"), and a cameo by Brian Backer (Mark "Rat" Ratner in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"). Add to that the star power of Sigourney Weaver, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Lewis, and Marilu Henner and you have a winning combination.

The audio and video quality of "Vamps" for its Blu-ray release is hit and miss. The 5.1 surround sound does a great job administering the sounds of New York City around a home theater. However, the lighting for some scenes is drastically different from shot to shot. This caused me some distraction when watching the film. There's also some questionable CGI and green screen work, but for the most part the picture is clean and vibrant.

I'm disappointed in the lack of special features for the movie. Amy Heckerling is the type of director and writer movie enthusiasts would love to hear talk about the making of one of her movies. I'd be willing to bet Blu-ray producers could have convinced Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter to be involved in some sort of commentary as well. It was probably just a question of budget to put together featurettes or a commentary track.

The "Vamps" Blu-ray is a required purchase for any fan of Amy Heckerling's works. Her trademark off-beat charm, sincerity, and wit emanates from the film. Fans of light vampire fare will probably find more enjoyment in this than ones who enjoy the harder edged gore flicks like "30 Days of Night" and "Fright Night." I'm a huge horror fan and still found it enjoyable.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
This film has the satire for this vamp generation of movies that Young Frankenstein had for those certain classics. The actresses are great, and the appearances of stars-you-may-remember all make this a very fun movie. Very refreshing! The more you know about vampire mythology, the more you will enjoy the humor (a great Vlad the Impaler). A film that the "clueless" x-generation will enjoy.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Amy Heckerling (Director of Fast Times At Ridgemont High, writer director of Clueless) may not have the best track record for helming good movies. She did write and direct both Look Who's Talking and Look Who's Talking Too, and those movies were awful. Vamps however, is not. I always love a movie with supernatural elements coming out around Halloween. While this is a less traditional and more modern approach to a Vampire movie, they don't reinvent the mythos like Twilight did with having Vampires walking around during the day...which is stupid. Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, She's Out Of My League) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, The Crush) star in this upbeat comedy about two socialite Vampire friends who start relationships and fall in love while being hunted by Vampire Hunters. There are some great cameos from Richard Lewis, Malcolm McDowell and Sigourney Weaver. The film is getting a very limited release on November 2nd, and you can own it on Blu-Ray on November 13th. Amy Heckerling may have made some bad movies, but she has also made some great movies like Fast Times At Ridgemont High and arguably Clueless and now Vamps. If you like movies like Once Bitten, or Vampires Kiss or other comedies about Vampires, or if you like Clueless, you'll enjoy this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
Reminds me of the 70's and 80's classic cheesy vamp movies like "Love at First Bite" with George Hamilton and Susan St James and "Once Bitten" with Jim Carrey and Lauren Hutton. It's cute, it's cheesy and it's got a great cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vamps is a chick flick. It would most likely get a five star review at a Taylor Swift concert. Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter play two vampires in the modern dating era. Alicia dates back to the 1840's and has trouble adjusting to modern gadgets, while Krysten is at home with them. Both of the women develop love interests. Alicia meets an old boyfriend (Richard Lewis) from the 1960's while Krysten falls for a man named Van Helsing (Dan Stevens) who has a father who hunts vampires.

The Vamps are part of a support group who only drink animal blood. The jokes consist of mostly lame vampire humor such as women attempting to apply make-up without a mirror. There is one scene where Alicia is looking through pictures of old boyfriends. One of the pictures is Edgar Allen Poe. There were some scenes that worked and were funny. Unfortunately too much of the film had humor and scenes that didn't make it for a mature audience. Definitely only a rental. A sometimes fun film you might want to see once.

Parental Guide: 1-f-bomb, implied sex, no nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
This is definitively not everyone's kind of movie, but it reminded me of those cute cheesy 80's movies that are both campy and funny. You got the quirky and cute Kristen Ritter, and you have adorable Alicia Silverstone, who at first I was a little hesitant to watch. (Shes a mouth feeder, who knows what shes capable of!?)... I was delighted and happy after watching this...and that's all this movie is... entertainment. There are not profound meanings or philosophical type thoughts that will arise from this film...unless you want to talk about man's mortality and the possible idea of living forever...
Sigorney Weaver in my opinion, should have had more face time...but then again, I'm no expert.
I gave this a 4 out 5 rating because I love camp and cheese.
I love stupid movies both ironically and seriously.

The movie was like a Buffy episode... very Joss Whedon-esque
which reminds me, If this were a tv I'd watch it for sure.

The ending was cute too...

that's my review and ims sticking to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2015
This was extremely silly fun. If for no other reason you need to watch if for the Vampire with the lisp. Tired of Twilight and the others, well enjoy a fun diversion. The jokes were a lot of fun.
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on December 31, 2014
In all honesty, I think this might be one of the cheesiest vampire flicks I've ever seen. I can't say I got much out of watching this movie except for a few of no-brain giggles here and there. That's not to say I don't appreciate this lighthearted parody for what it was. Even though I often found myself rolling my eyes at the antics of ditsy roommates, Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter), these "vegetarian" vamps definitely have a certain charm. As the two have to continuously adapt to the ever changing fashion trends, technology, and romance in NYC, they find that being stuck in your 20s is not all what it's cracked up to be. Despite the corniness of it all, Vamps does have its positives, including a great cast and a creative storyline. I will warn viewers though: This is a total chick flick!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I normally like the darker vampire movies but this one was so sweet and good-hearted. Two 'young' vampires out on the town,trying to keep up with the current tech trends. When one is suddenly summoned for jury duty, the fear of being found out causes them to go on a quest that will change their lives forever. Great cast, Malcolm McDowell plays a supporting role. His character is fun. Wallace Shaun is wonderful in the role of the father of the love interest. Sigourney Weaver is fun in the master vampire role. The stories that interweave are sweet, and the movie leaves you feeling good. Totally not my normal style but I am glad I gave it a chance. I would recommend it highly.
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on May 20, 2014
This is one of those types of movies you can watch over and over again. It's light and humorous with a few unexpected cameo surprises. The premise is simple, 2 "young" vampires sharing an apartment in modern day New York. Together they face challenges as trivial as where to get home town dirt for a coffin to as daunting as an IRS audit during the day. But when love and an unexpected pregnancy occurs will one make the ultimate sacrifice? Even though this film is rather recent (2012) it reminds me of the campy movies from the 80s. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did....and still am!
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