This movie is about teenagers and vampires.
Two best friends attend a cheap underground
freak show, not knowing beforehand there was a real live 200-year-old
vampire in the line up.
Delighted by this find, he talked old fangs
into taking him under his cape and teaching him to become a real
live vampire's assistant.
The story moves too fast to keep track
of the fuzzy plot and dumps you with a big bang into the climax,
which unfortunately is not the end of the picture, but just a
tease for an obvious sequel.
I love vampire movies, but this one just
didn't quench my thirst.
Over-the-top performances save this tepid
vampire saga from falling victim to itself -- an adolescent fantasy
film full of spiders, freaks, vampires, first love, and a job
for the future.
Meekish, straight-A student Darren trades
his soul to save his best friend and in return becomes intern
to a 200-year-old vampire.
Sound ridiculous? Sure it is, but outlandish
performances by Willhem Defoe, Selma Hayek, and John C. Riley
make this viewing palatable.
Teenage fantasy? I think not, but entertaining
never the less.
The movie is a loose adaptation of Darren
Shaw's Vampire Blood trilogy, developed with the idea
of being the first installment of a franchise.
The tale is based on the second novel in
a series of 12 books.
The story tries to cram too much material
together to make one film, and in the process creates a confusing
There's just too many things going on at
once, most of the time, and the characters become hard to follow
-- then boring by the end.