Indie horror filmmaker Emily Hagins has already made a zombie film (PATHOGEN, 2006) and has been the subject of a film (ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE, 2009) which is basically the behind-the-scenes making of PATHOGEN which highlights Hagins. Oh yeah; did I mention that Emily is around 20 years old, and when she made PATHOGEN she was only 12!!
Well she’s back, this time with the aptly named feature, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE. The film centers on a group of friends who run into some interesting characters while attending a horror/scifi convention. Nextmovie.com got a hold of the official trailer and this one looks pretty fun. At Hagins young age she has an amazing grasp on what makes a solid film. Pacing, characters, the right blend of horror and comedy in the right places, etc … The fact that she’s so advanced and so young is great for the genre. We definitely need for females in the horror genre on the filmmaking side. Check out the press release:
About the film:
The kids are biting and the blood is flowing in teenage writer-director Emily Hagins’ horror-comedy breakthrough, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the buzzed-about genre sensation. On 17-year-old Kate’s last weekend in town before heading to college, she and her geeky friends head to SpaceCON, the local sci-fi/fantasy convention. There, Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen vampire (who takes advantage of the gathering’s costume atmosphere by actually dressing as a bloodsucker). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he gives her the hickey from hell.
Kate and her pals then discover that Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to kick some vampire butt, or Kate’s going to be attending permanent night school from now on!
Vibrant young actors including Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado, Lauren Vunderink and Lauren Lee help teen writer-director Emily Hagins take a bite out of modern pop vampires in a hilarious, bloody tale that proves once and for all that love, like, totally sucks!
MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the breakout premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, is the third and most accomplished feature yet from the prodigious Emily Hagins. At the age of 12, Hagins was the subject of Zombie Girl! The Movie, a documentary about the making of her first feature, Pathogen.
MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE has “the sort of energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness that money cannot buy,” wrote Anton Bitel of Little White Lies. FEAR.net’s Scott Weinberg called the movie “a sweet little winner. … the youthful director has really honed her craft, discovered a new angle, and now returns with an entirely accessible mini-budget comedy that coasts on by through sheer force of wit, energy, and ‘let’s put on a show!’ creativity.” ScreenDaily.com said, “At 18, Hagins already has a better grasp of story structure, pacing and the mix between humor and pathos that makes for potent comedy-horror than some filmmakers twice her age.”
Now check out the trailer:
Hagins is a talent to be reckoned with and I’m really looking forward to seeing this one as well as seeing what the future holds for her!!