Vampires are no doubt having their moment in the sun. Metaphorically of course. You can't turn anywhere (including Hollywood Crush!) without catching a glimpse of one of the sexy bloodsuckers. "Twilight" fever couldn't run hotter. "True Blood" is garnering HBO's highest ratings in years, and Charlaine Harris' "Sookie Stackhouse" novels, of which the T.V. show is based, currently hold eight of the top 20 spots on the New York Times Best Seller list. With such stunning success, the genre seems ripe for a spoof movie in the vein of the "Scary Movie" franchise. And here it comes rising from the coffin in the form of "Transylmania" (watch the trailer above).
The flick centers around a rag tag group of college students who embark on a study abroad semester at Razvan University in Transylvania. The trailer opens with an obvious parody of Bella's "Twilight" voiceover: "At the start of the new moon, I was absolutely positive of three things. First, Radu was a vampire. Second, my one birthday wish was to feel his kiss. Third, nothing could prepare my friends and I for our semester abroad in Transylvania!" And then dives into a slew of fright-night cliches. There's a picture-perfect girl sporting a grotesque hunchback. A cross-bow carrying vampire hunter who's obviously shopped in Van Helsing's closet. And a vampire who's dialect coach was mostly likely The Count from "Sesame Street."
If you ask me, spoof movies have run their course. If I had my wish, I'd run a stake through the heart of the parody monster "Scary Movie" helped create. Nothing about this trailer tickled my funny bone (well, except maybe the "Twilight" intro), and its central conceit of a mistaken identity (a student who's a dead ringer for a vampire must escape death from the hands of a slayer), seems tired. But maybe I'm just grumpy on a Monday morning and vampir-ed out after my weekend at New Jersey's Twi-Con!
What do you think about the "Transylmania" trailer?