Having seen both of Emily Hagins’s films – Pathogen and The Retelling – I can firmly say that while there is a spark of potential in both, the amateur nature of both is what shines through the most. Of course, both films come with the caveat of being made by a teenager, but it’s clear that the films are low-budget learning processes.

That’s why I was taken aback by the first image that’s emerged from her new film, My Sucky Teen Romance.

With a slightly bigger budget and some bigger names in the Austin film scene at her side, the look of the film has jumped from a young girl borrowing her mom’s camera to a young filmmaker making a mark.

In the effort of full disclosure, I’m friends with Hagins and have hung out with her on a few occasions, but there’s no denying that the look of this vampire baddie is formidable.

The make-up effects were done by All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and Machete talent Doug Field with Susan Benson.

There’s nothing like a little professionalism to up the ante.

The flick is scheduled to wrap next month, and, like all other indies, has no release date currently in sight. The first photo is promising, but we’ll have to wait until some intrepid festival coordinator or theater chain runner or indie horror studio arm picks it up to see if Hagins’s story about vampires hiding in plain sight at a sci-fi convention delivers the goods. Until then, we have Vampire’s Suck to fulfill our need for Twilight mockery, random Mini-Me jokes, and appearances by the Kardashians.

For some reason, I’m hungry for raspberry-grape jelly.

What do you think?

Source: /film

Like this article? Join thousands of your fellow movie lovers who subscribe to The Weekly Edition from Film School Rejects. Our best articles, every week, right in your inbox!
Comment Policy: No hate speech allowed. If you must argue, please debate intelligently. Comments containing selected keywords or outbound links will be put into moderation to help prevent spam. Film School Rejects reserves the right to delete comments and ban anyone who doesn't follow the rules. We also reserve the right to modify any curse words in your comments and make you look like an idiot. Thank You!
Some movie websites serve the consumer. Some serve the industry. At Film School Rejects, we serve at the pleasure of the connoisseur. We provide the best reviews, interviews and features to millions of dedicated movie fans who know what they love and love what they know. Because we, like you, simply love the art of the moving picture.
Fantastic Fest 2014
6 Filmmaking Tips: James Gunn
Got a Tip? Send it here:
Neil Miller
Managing Editor:
Scott Beggs
Associate Editors:
Rob Hunter
Kate Erbland
Christopher Campbell
All Rights Reserved © 2006-2014 Reject Media, LLC | Privacy Policy | Design & Development by Face3