Ever since Twilight convinced tweens that vampires were hot and fangs a girl's best friend, the multiplex hasn't been safe for honest, blood-soaked, vampires-are-nasty movies.
Instead, we're served limp fare like Vampire Academy, a silly fizzle of red corpuscle-spiked froth from Freaky Friday and Mean Girls director Mark Waters.
Adapted from the first installment of Richelle Mead's six-novel young adult series, Vampire Academy is a derivative magic 'n' monsters teen rom-com that mixes the not-so-risqué sexuality of Twilight with the high school histrionics of Mean Girls and plops it all down at a Harry Potter-ish school of magic.
Set at St. Vladimir's Academy, an exclusive boarding school that caters to the vampire elite, Vampire Academy stars svelte Disney Channel alumna Zoey Deutch as Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old half-vampire - or dhampir - and Aussie actor Lucy Fry as her BFF, Princess Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. Lissa is a full vampire of the Moroi variety - they're full of niceness and good breeding.