No, we’re not talking Twilight but a vampire comedy called My Sucky Teen Romance by eighteen-year-old writer/director Emily Hagins of Austin, Texas. Don’t dismiss this as another spin-off teen vampire romance film. This work has so much bite that it has gained a theatrical distribution deal for the young filmmaker.
According to Variety, MPI Media Group has snagged the North American rights to My Sucky Teen Romance. This is her third feature film and her first to get a distribution deal. The film is described as such:
“In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, and very blood-thirsty vampires.”
The film stars Devin Bonnee (Chase), Tina Rodriguez (Inglourious Basterds) and Lauren Lee (The Retelling), and the new faces of Elaine Hurt and Patrick Delgado.
Hagins has been making films since she was twelve years old with a horror feature called Pathogen. My Sucky Teen Romance has created a lot of buzz from the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas. She wants her perspective on the Twilight craze known:
“I want the characters to be real geeks– they know about Twilight and the teen vampire phenomenon. But these vampires are the real deal, and more than everyday teenagers can take on. The comedy comes from the awkwardness of regular kids dealing with monsters who have been over-romanticized in recent pop culture.”
Check out the trailer for the film below:
On 17-year-old Kate’s last weekend in town, she and her friends plan to spend it together at SpaceCON– the local science fiction convention they attend every year. At the convention Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen-vampire (who is also dressed as one). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he accidentally bites her in the neck. Kate and her friends soon discover Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to stop the vampires and find a way to turn Kate back before it is too late.
My Sucky Teen Romance is slated to hit theaters next spring in 2012.