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THE BARBERSHOP
MOVIE REVIEW
This week's reviewed movie is:
Vampire's Assistant

GENE

SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT

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 mess.

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.


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