Monday, August 23, 2010

‘Vampires' sucky

If you’re familiar with genre-spoofing movies like “Scary Movie,” Meet the Spartans,” and “Superhero Movie,” then you already know what you’re in for. “Vampires Suck” is basically the same thing; this one pokes fun at the “Twilight” craze while referencing recently relevant pop culture figures.

As with the previously mentioned parody flicks, “Vampire Sucks” is crammed with obvious and grating jokes, their punchlines often involving name-dropped popular celebrities or films. Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, “True Blood” and “Alice in Wonderland,” among others, “appear” or are mentioned throughout the movie. Save perhaps for the Volturi-Fox News comparison, the jokes fail, or baffle in their senselessness. Oh, they’re not all attempts to connect by using what’s hip or in the shared pop consciousness; there are fart and butt jokes as well.

Eye-rolling aside, the actress playing teenage monster-magnet Becca, Jenn Proske, emulates Kristen Stewart’s acting, body language and tics impressively. Meanwhile, Ken Jeong from “The Hangover,” appears as one of the villain vampires, but he gets stuck in a number of unfunny scenes.

“Vampires Suck” opens Aug. 25 in Metro Manila.

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