The Big Picture - Grief and Teenage Vampires

The Big Picture – Grief and Teenage Vampires

The Vampire’s Assistant Rating:  TBC Distributor: Universal Release Date: March 11The Vampire’s Assistant, based on the series of books by Darren O’Shaughnessy, has the compelling characters and production values to make for a surprisingly successful franchise. Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) is a teen who has always done absolutely everything his parents tell him. The one night he decides […]

By Mark HadleyMonday 8 Mar 2010MoviesReading Time: 2 minutes

The Vampire’s Assistant
Rating:  TBC
Distributor: Universal
Release Date: March 11

The Vampire’s Assistant, based on the series of books by Darren O’Shaughnessy, has the compelling characters and production values to make for a surprisingly successful franchise. Darren Shan (Chris Massoglia) is a teen who has always done absolutely everything his parents tell him. The one night he decides to disobey them ends up with him becoming apprenticed to a vampire to save his friend’s life. Before he knows it he has shrugged off his mortal life and joined a shadowy world that is fast plunging towards civil war.

The Vampire’s Assistant is pitched at an audience similar to Harry Potter fans, which may be enough for some parents. More disturbing though is the continuing rejuvenation of the vampire image. Darren tells his accusors, “Just because I’m a vampire doesn’t mean I’m bloodthirsty. It’s not about what you are, it’s about who you are.”

Once again teens are told that black is actually white. Still there is something to be said for allowing people to define themselves by their actions. That way if we live a rebellious life, at least we have to take responsibility for it.

Remember Me
Rating:  TBC
Distributor: Hoyts
Release Date: March 11

Years after college student Tyler Roth’s brother killed himself, Tyler still doesn’t know where to put his pain. Remember me is an exploration of how suicide can damage an entire community, leaving survivors with serious questions about the roots of pain and suffering. Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame plays Tyler.

Consequently this film’s take on suicide is bound to draw a great deal of attention from the Australian teenage market. He and his girlfriend Ally both share the pain of losing someone close, in her case her mother. Their characters well represent the barely repressed anger and unfocused living that often emerges when people lose someone unexpectedly.

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It’s to be regretted that their desire for connection also drives them into what amounts to very needy sex. However on the positive side Remember me sends a clear message that grief can give birth to a heightened understanding of the value of the people around us and the necessity of communicating that appreciation while we still can.