Vampire Academy

School sucks for teenage vampires Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry in this horror comedy fantasy

School sucks for teenage vampires Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry in this horror comedy fantasy. Not only do they have to deal with the usual high-school traumas of bitchy cliques and impossible crushes, there is also a deadly conspiracy to unravel before mysterious bloodsucking foes claim the life of Fry’s vampire princess.

Based on a series of bestselling books by Richelle Mead, this film suffers from a muddled plot. It takes an age to explain the saga’s complex mythology – which involves three types of vampire, the aristocratic Moroi, half-human, half-vampire Dhamphir and irredeemably evil Strigoi – leaving no time to flesh out the characters.

The action is also on the underwhelming side, which is a shame, as Deutch’s heroine Rose has a sassy spark and her intense clairvoyant link with Fry’s willowy Lissa is intriguingly toothsome.