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The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

The Vampire's Assistant

Overview


Genre

Fantasy, Adventure

Release Date

October 23, 2009

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

108 min.

Production Budget

$70 millions

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Paul Weitz

Producer

Lauren Shuler Donner, Ewan Leslie, Paul Weitz

Screenwriter

Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland

Starring

Story


"The Vampire's Assistant", based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan, is a fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend (Josh Hutcherson), got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what's left of his humanity.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..suffers from the kind of pacing that demands a laugh track..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune]
“..director Paul Weitz paces things a bit like a cheesy carnival ride..”
by Sue Pierman [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
“..not only a waste of time, but a tease..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]