‘Sorority girls suck!’
Vamp U is a 2011 American comedy horror film about a vampire who loses his sharp teeth over lost love so becomes a university professor.
Written and directed by Matt Jespersen and Maclain Nelson, the Longtooth Films production stars Adam Johnson, Julie Gonzalo, Alexis Knapp and Gary Cole.
Wayne Gretzky (Adam Johnson) is a vampire who can’t grow his teeth. His toothy impotence began when he inadvertently killed Mary Lipinsky (Julie Gonzalo), the love of his life, 300 years ago. To take his mind off the pain, he teaches history at a university – who better?
Attempting to regain his full power, he enlists help from his friend and colleague, Doctor Levine (Gary Cole). Nothing works until a new semester brings freshman Chris Keller (Julie Gonzalo). She’s a dead ringer…
” …on the spectrum of wacky monster comedies starring untested and unknown actors, Vamp U retains a modicum of spunk and a few smiles as it goes about its business of slapstick and bloodsuckery. Dial expectations way down, and perhaps writer/directors Matt Jespersen and Maclain Nelson will be able to entertain you for 90 unremarkable but innocuous minutes.” Blu-ray.com
“The performances are generally above average for this budget level. The writing is a bit corny and pun-heavy, but the main story is enjoyable enough. They may have missed their window here (five or ten years ago this would have made more sense), but the premise really is pretty timeless.” Depressed Press
“The direction is fine, with everything nicely polished and professional despite not having a huge budget to work with (I assume). The script isn’t full of one-liners to make you double over while laughing, but it creates a fun story for the central characters, develops everything well, and includes some nice running gags. This is about the characters more than the dialogue…” For It Is Man’s Number
“Thanks to their appealing cast’s slyly underplayed performances, co-writers/directors Jesperson and Nelson mine legitimate belly laughs from familiar fangboy terrain. The running gags (Wayne Gretzky, anyone?) are rarely pushed, allowing them to gain momentum on their own, with humor more grounded in character and situation than wacky hijinks…” Horror 101 with Dr AC
“It’s a pity that the female roles are badly under-written: most of them are not much more than eye-candy or plot devices. Julie Gonzalo […] comes off best but this is a guy’s movie and as such they get all the good lines. But at least there are plenty of good lines: this is one of the best low-budget comedy scripts I’ve come across in a good few years…” Horror News
“Matt Jespersen and Maclain Nelson’s direction seems to consist of lots of embarrassing scenes where people get flustered and say things they don’t mean. The dialogue and routines just go on and on in a way that is painfully unfunny. The two most consistently awful performers here are lead vampire Adam Johnson and the film’s most well-known cast member Gary Cole who should have known better.” Moria
“Vamp U is packed full of vampiry fun. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the whole film. One word…. guitar. The dialogue is well written with some off-handed nods to iconic shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and one-liners that will most likely leave you giggling like a little kid. Of course, it’s not a perfect film, the ending was a little abrupt…” Twisted Central
Cast and characters:
Julie Gonzalo … Chris Keller / Mary Lipinsky
Adam Johnson … Wayne Gretzky
Gary Cole … Arthur Levine
Maclain Nelson … Fred Green
Matt Mattson … Tom Slansky
Bart Johnson … Ted Keller
Alexis Knapp … Samantha
Clare Niederpruem … Janet
Frankie Levangie … Kyle
Jake Van Wagoner … Jared
Renny Grames … Mel (as Renny Richmond)
Jason Celaya … Gregor
Maria Kirilenko … Ludmila Pelikhova (as Masha Kirilenko)
Benjamin Horatio Garvis … Barry Pearson (as Ben Garvis)
Leanna Pareja … Carly
Provo, Utah, USA
MOVIES and MANIA comment and rating:
Despite some early awkwardness, Vamp U develops nicely with good performances and amusing one-liners. Unfortunately, the male-orientated movie is pervaded by the smug sexism that comes with frat-boy humour.