Vamps: Life, Love & Bloodsucking in New York
Alicia SilverstoneKrysten Ritter...
In 1 Cinema
Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Ritter) are a couple of modernised vamps living it up in the Big Apple. The twenty-something girls live by their own set of rules, which they have mastered over the years. They don’t feed on human blood – rats do the trick – they’re always back in their coffins by sunrise and, according to them, “dating sucks!” Goody is the older and more experienced of the two, having been changed into a vampire in 1841. To her, modern-day technology is puzzling and she can’t for the life of her understand the obsession.
Stacy, the younger vamp, was turned in the 1980’s by the same ‘stem’ vampire, Cisserus (Weaver). Unlike her buddy, Stacy has no problem keeping up with the fast-moving world, although nostalgic references to the 80’s music and fashion are endless.
Things get complicated when the girls start falling in love. During a film class at night school, Stacy meets Joey (Stevens); a privileged young man whose father (Shawn) seems to have a thing for vampires and wants to see them dead. Stacy immediately falls head over heels – even the family name Van Helsing can’t put her off. Meanwhile, Goody runs into an old boyfriend from the 60’s, Danny (Lewis), whose wife is dying of cancer.
Even though the story is leaning towards the ridiculous, it somehow ends up being surprisingly enjoyable. It never tries to be serious and the 80’s feel and colour palette helps in its storytelling; it provides a uniqueness that hasn’t been seen on the big screen in a while. The special effects deliver and the cheese and bloodshed are kept to a minimum. The tacky one-liners never fail to amuse and it’s obvious that the entire cast had lots of fun with Heckerling’s script.