Amy Heckerling


In Vamps, Amy Heckerling has re-teamed with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone to make a movie about vampires and whatever modern life looks like for them. Silverstone plays coffin-mates with Krysten Ritter‘s character, and the result seems a bit like Stakes and the City. The trailer makes the movie look candy-coated and sweet enough to choke on. It’s enough to make you wonder whether Clueless really was a satire on young, rich life or if it was meant far more genuinely than any audience could have stood for. Check it out for yourself:


Amy Heckerling has been developing the habit of making movies about once a generation that perfectly encapsulates the zeitgeist of current youth culture. In the early ’80s, it was her film Fast Times at Ridgemont High that gave high school kids all over the world the idea to have pizzas delivered to their classrooms and made that one Cars song be forever linked with Phoebe Cates taking off her top. In the mid-’90s she brought us Clueless, which introduced the world to how cute Paul Rudd is when he sheepishly grins and finally asked a lost generation to pull up their pants and stop looking like trashballs. So now that it’s 2012 and Heckerling has written and directed a new film, you have to ask yourself if it’s going to be another one of those generation defining moments in movies, or if it’s just going to end up being another Look Who’s Talking? Her new project is called Vamps, and seeing as it’s a little late to cash in on the vampire crazy, its chances of becoming a big thing are already looking kind of dicey. That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun though, because it has a completely ridiculous cast, and a plot that sounds tailor-made for getting everyone’s girlfriends to squeal.


Sigourney Weaver

After Clueless, Amy Heckerling only directed two films… Loser and I Could Never Be Your Woman. What? Exactly. But now she’s returning to the big screen with a movie that people may actually want to see. And she’s re-teaming with her (equally MIA) Clueless star, Alicia Silverstone.


It has been 15 years since Alicia Silverstone was thrust into the mainstream spotlight by a little movie called Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling. It was an event that not only ushered in the era of Alicia, but phrases like “as if” and “she’s a full-on Monet.” It was annoying, but also quite charming.



As if! Director Amy Heckerling — whose credits include 90s faves Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High — is jumping in with the likes of Twilight and True Blood, taking on a vampire franchise of her own.



Remember all of those movies you love to sit around watching and loving and talking about? Some of them were directed by women. You didn’t even know that. Did you, you chauvinist pig?

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