School sucks for teenage vampires Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry in horror comedy fantasy Vampire Academy. 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 attempt to kick off a Twilight-style franchise got staked through the heart by US critics.
And it’s not hard to see why. The action is underwhelming and the plot muddled, taking so long to explain the saga’s complex mythology – which involves three types of vampire: aristocratic Moroi, half-human, half-vampire Dhamphir and irredeemably evil Strigoi – that there’s no time left to flesh out the characters.
Which is a shame, as Deutch’s Dhamphir heroine Rose has a sassy spark and her intense clairvoyant link with Fry’s willowy Lissa is intriguingly toothsome.
Certificate 12. Runtime 104 mins. Director Mark Waters.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD on Monday 14th July by Entertainment One.