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At Theaters: 10/23/2009 On Video: 2/23/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539920
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A boy 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. 
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Fantasy Adventure - This is an effects-heavy fantasy adventure based on the young adult book series. Aimed a tweens and young teens, the film is too intense and possibly frightening for young children. Fans of a number of the adult actors may be disappointed that most of them have small roles.
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Cast and Crew Heading
John C. Reilly 9, STEP BROTHERS, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY
Ken Watanabe LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Chris Massoglia Feature Film Debut
Josh Hutcherson JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH , FIREHOUSE DOG
Patrick Fugit HORSEMEN, ALMOST FAMOUS
Ray Stevenson PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
Director: Paul Weitz AMERICAN DREAMZ, IN GOOD COMPANY
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Production Notes Heading
The Show Begins
Casting the Fantasy-Adventure
SFX For The Performers
Shooting in Louisiana
About The Stunts
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 5 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights, bites, cuts, stabbings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Fights and chases.
COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, physical gags.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average ...the most glaring of which is its inability to build to a conclusion. It stops in the middle, expecting viewers to wait for the next installment, which will probably never arrive. That makes it not only a waste of time, but a tease.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average ...perhaps best of all, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously. It's creepy but tinged with sarcasm and infused with silly fun.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 75 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
16
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (M)
14
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
19
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 75 moviegoers:
TEENS:Both males and females LOVED "THE VAMPIRES ASSISTANT." The male reviews are very high but the females reviews are EXTREMELY HIGH.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Most of the males enjoyed "The Vampires Assistant" very much. Only one rated it below average. These female reviews aren't nearly as high as the teen female reviews and the adult female reviews. For this reason I would say there are too few reviews to be accurate. I believe most females will enjoy this movie very much.
ADULTS:The males reviews are very good, but not quite great. A third loved it but more than a third rated it "Very Good," which equals above average. This is a high review as long as it doesn't make up too large a percentage of the total reviews. Also, a fair number of reviews are average to below average. The female reviews are a fair amount higher than the male reviews so I personally recommend "The Vampires Assistant," if this is your type of movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Darren Shan (CHRIS MASSOGLIA) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, Steve (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) offers to turn him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a Snake Boy (PATRICK FUGIT) and a Wolfman to the bearded Madame Truska (SALMA HAYEK) and a gigantic barker named Mr. Tall (KEN WATANABE). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts, the vampaneze. 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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