Producer Lauren Versel dished the dirt on the new comedy about two women vampires in the big city, and it's being called a "chick flick."
We've been so excited about this movie since we first heard the news, and it not only reunites Clueless star Alicia Silverstone with director Amy Heckerling, but Sigourney Weaver has a part as mean vampire villain named Cisserus who "made" Silverstone's character, "Goody", a vampire. Her roomate, "Stacey" is played by Kristyn Ritter.
Why is it being called a "chick flick"? because it stars two chicks and is directed by a chick. However, I wish people would see a film, or even a trailer, before putting something in that generally derogatory category. Director Heckerling made Clueless, the 1990s teenage interpretation of Jane Austen's Emma, and it was a hit with boys AND girls because it was fucking funny.
Producer Versel says that Vamps "is an upbeat comedy about what it's really like to be a female vampire living in the modern world, and dealing with jobs, dating, fashion, technology and the ever-changing world. The [main characters] try and keep up with fashion, gadgets, music, new dance crazes, [but] they long for some aspects of the past."
Dan Stevens will play "Van Helsing", The Princess Bride's Wallace Shawn is the older "Dr. Van Helsing", Justin Kirk is "Vadim", Malcolm McDowell is "Vlad", and there are also characters played by Richard Lewis, Marilu Henner and Kristen Johnston.
Check out the really long super-synopsis from the facebook page and also some pictures from the film!
When two sexy female vampires living it up in modern-day New York City each falls in love with a human, they must make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality—and maybe much more. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), VAMPS is a comedy-fantasy-romance that puts a fresh and hilariously upbeat twist on the vampire genre.
Stacy and Goody are a pair of typical attractive New York 20-somethings. They enjoy clubbing, dating, instant messaging and Facebook. But there’s one big difference: They’re vampires. Not the old dark and gloomy kind, but a new, upbeat and politically correct breed that prefers to be called ELFs (Extended Life Forms) and attends twelve-step “Sanguines Anonymous” meetings to help them curb any temptation to feed on human blood. They shun the “V-word” but not the superhuman abilities that come with vampirism, using them not only to achieve personal ends but also to do some good in the world.
When night falls, the roommates wake up in their coffins in their Greenwich Village apartment and go out on the town, to night school, or to their graveyard-shift jobs. But their modern lifestyle is dogged by shadows from the past. As they traverse the city, it becomes a living history book for the older and wiser Goody, whose real age is close to 200. The streets turn to cobblestones, skyscrapers transform into older, smaller structures, and long-dead generations of New Yorkers parade before her. Goody has seen it all, and over the years has developed a passion for activism, from protesting the Civil War to marching with workers during the Industrial Age.
The pair’s destiny is set on a new course when love steals into each of their lives. Stacy meets JOEY, a geeky classmate with whom she begins a passionate text-messaging romance. And the eternally youthful Goody re-encounters DANNY, a now-married old flame—60 years old, to be exact—whom she first met decades earlier at a demonstration. Still an activist, Danny was her one true love.
But even in love, the women must overcome obstacles set in motion long ago. Stacy learns that Joey’s last name is Van Helsing, and the name is no coincidence. Joey’s parents, like their legendary namesake, are expert vampire hunters waging the age-old battle against her kind. And despite their enduring mutual attraction, Goody is forced to hide her true identity from Danny, who reserves his deepest affections for his ailing wife. Worse, the New York authorities have launched a program to clamp down on the vampire community by flushing them out during daylight hours.
When Stacy becomes pregnant, the stage is set for a final reckoning with history. If Stacy wants to stay with Joey and see their unborn child survive, she and Goody must join forces with the Van Helsings to kill the bloodthirsty CISSERUS—the ancient “stem” vampire who turned them into creatures of the night in the first place. Doing so could require the ultimate sacrifice for both women, but Goody is determined that they live—or die—by her long-held credo: “Sometimes it seems so impossible to make anything good happen, but I guess you have to keep trying.” (read less)
It's not the sequel to VAMP? That was pretty good.
This seems vaguely erotic. I guess I dig a goth chick chewing on a pen. However, trendy, lame vampirism is a turn off. If she's a goth chick that thinks she's a vampire, so she chews a pen to prevent herself from chewing on necks, that's pretty hot. If she's a real vampire that acts like a normal person who is trying to chew on a pen to seem smart, then no.
I dunno. Sounds like Sex and the City with vampires. Totally a chick flick to me (whether directed by a woman or not) - not necessarily in a derogatory way, but not anything I'd be remotely gagging to see, either.