What Do You Get When You Add 'Glee' and 'Twilight' Together? 'I Kissed a Vampire'
By Jo Piazza Posted Jun 14th 2010 08:00PM
The film made its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival to a packed crowd of tweens and the parents who hated them this weekend. While the production value was low (and vaguely reminiscent of the 1992 teen soap opera 'Swans Crossing'), the dialogue consisted of lines like "I'm fangin' in there" and "Necks just happen to run into fangs all the time," and there are characters named Trey Sylvania and Dr. Dan Helsing, the musical numbers were catchy, almost Bieber-catchy, and promise to stay in your head for days.
The plot is thin. After discovering he's transforming into a vampire, Dylan (Lucas Grabeel of 'High School Musical') tries to save himself and the girl he loves from a powerful vampire, Trey Sylvania (Drew Seeley, the man behind Zac Efron's singing voice in 'High School Musical'), a goth teenage vamp, and his harem of lady blood suckers.
Enter venomologist Dr. Helsing -- poison is his passion -- who is convinced he can cure the young vampires. All they need is blood from the vampires who bit them. Will they prevail, or will they live happily ever afterlife?
It doesn't really matter, as long as the song and dance numbers (17 original songs!) keep coming. Plus the fan base is already rabid -- the feature-length movie is based on a popular iTunes web series by the same name. They already have more than 54,000 fans on Facebook.
And those fans showed up in full force in Seattle. Tween girls formed a scrum across the street as Seeley and Grabeel walked the red carpet, squealing like they were at a 'Twilight' premiere. After each musical number, the ones lucky enough to have made it inside the theater clapped and cheered.
"With the surge in musicals there was a definite mojo for everyone wanting to sign on to do this," says director Chris Sean Nolan, who co-wrote the script with his wife, Laurie. Both of them have previously worked on a number of films for Disney. "There is just something in the air right now. People want to watch stuff that is fun. they want to go and just see people sing and dance."
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