Vamps – Movie review

Alicia Silverstone and Amy Heckerling reunite once again after ‘Clueless’ to make a comedy movie ‘Vamps’, about vampires in New York. Heckerling knows a thing or two about changing trends and youth culture. The new movie is already set for a video release on November 13, 2012 and chronicles the journey of a forever-young vampire who does not want to change with the times.

Heckerling’s past work includes releases such as ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and more recently ‘Gossip Girl’. Vamps does not live up to expectations, if the caliber of the cast is to be taken into consideration. Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Dan Stevens and the rest do a good job, but the movie comes off as being a little cheap.

The plot of the movie revolves around Goody, a 19th-century Abolitionist, played by Alicia Silverstone. Goody has been immortalized by a powerful ‘stem vampire’ and has watched New York go through a lot in the last 100 years. Goody is joined by Stacy, who is played by Ritter, as they join an AA-type support group for vampires that feed off rodents, as they are too kind-hearted to feed off humans.

Stacey is falling for Joey (Dan Stevens), who has descended from Van Helsing vampire-hunting heritage, while Goody watches a former lover help his cancer-stricken wife.

The movie brings in some good laughs, but the makeup and sitcom level production do not do justice to the cast’s effort to rise above the childish plot.