Vampire Academy DVDSchool 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.

Vampire Academy - Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry

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.

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Certificate 12. Runtime 104 mins. Director Mark Waters.

Released on Blu-ray & DVD on Monday 14th July by Entertainment One.