With Edward and Bella continuing blissfully into their small but perfect piece of forever, a whole new generation of bloodsuckers are poised to take a bite out of the box office with “Vampire Academy,” with the film’s first trailer making its debut on Yahoo! Movies.
Based on the best-selling young-adult series by Richelle Mead, the world of “Vampire Academy” revolves around three distinct types of vampires: the peace-loving Moroi; the half-human, half-vampire dhampir, who serve as Moroi protectors; and the evil undead Strigoi, out for Moroi blood.
Our protagonist is dhampir Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), who shares a special bond with her Moroi best friend Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry). Lissa is the last in her royal family’s line following a tragic accident, and fearing for her safety, Rose convinces Lissa to run away from their elite boarding school, St. Vladimir’s, and seek refuge in the human world. Of course, school officials track down the duo and bring them back, but when mysterious events begin unfolding, it’s clear the danger hasn’t disappeared.
The film marks the first big-screen team-up of brothers Daniel Waters, who wrote the script, and Mark Waters, who directed. Both bring plenty of teen-flick cred with them, Daniel having penned “Heathers” and Mark having helmed “Mean Girls.” And “Vampire Academy” appears to follow in the same cheeky vein. Like in a scene where we see Lissa sheepishly thanking her BFF for letting her feed off her, and Rose’s simple response, “What are friends for?”
From there, things get even bloodier, with quick cuts of fights, explosions and silver stakes — announcing that “Vampire Academy” isn’t afraid to show its teeth.
“Vampire Academy,” also starring Sarah Hyland, Gabriel Byrne and Danila Kozlovsky, opens February 14, 2014.