Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry in 'Vampire Academy' (The Weinstein Company)
"Don't say 'Vampire Academy.' You know I hate the V-word," declares Lissa Dragomir (played by Lucy Fry), one of the lead vamps in the new trailer premiering exclusively here on Yahoo Movies.
We have to confess, we're feeling a big weight off our shoulders after watching that trailer. Because, in addition to all that sass and kicking ass is a vampire world we've struggled to explain with any sort of brevity. Thankfully, star Zoey Deutch does it for us.
"I should probably point out that my best friend, Lissa Dragomir, is a royal member of an ancient race. And, yeah, like most creatures with fangs, they live off blood," she says in a voice-over. "My name is Rose Hathaway, and I've been sworn to protect the royal bloodline with my life."
Of course, then we learn that perhaps Rose isn't the most reliable vampire in at St. Vladimir's Academy. In fact, she's described by her superiors (including her mentor and crush, Dimitri Belikov, played by Danila Kozlovsky) as "wild, dangerous, insubordinate."
Zoey Deutch in 'Vampire Academy' (The Weinstein Company)
All of those traits actually turn out to be a good thing in the case of "Vampire Academy." Sure, Rose has a sharp tongue to go with her sharp stake, but that's what makes Richelle Mead's books and, it seems, this movie – directed by Mark Waters, the man behind "Mean Girls" – so much fun.
"It's got that really intense yet playful and funny high school element to it, which makes it a lot quirkier," Lucy Fry, who plays the aforementioned Lissa Dragomir, told Yahoo Movies. "Your average vampire film that doesn't have that cheekiness to it."
Of course, that's evident in the trailer when Natalie ("Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland) bumps into Rose's fist and Rose declares, "Trust me, you do not want to have to get a nose job in Montana!" Or when she knocks out poor Mia (Sami Gayle), looks around the room, and insists, "Everyone saw that I tried to take the high road … sort of."
Sami Gayle in 'Vampire Academy' (The Weinstein Company)
The movie isn't all snappy comebacks. After all, Rose isn't doing all that training to protect Lissa from nothing. There's another race of vampires who are pure evil and, from the terrified looks on Lissa's face to the literal writing on the wall, not about to make Rose's life easy.
"There's a lot of violence," Dominic Sherwood, whom we'll see as Lissa's love interest, tells us. "We've got some fairly serious peril in this movie … it's going to be pretty intense."
Does all of that literal and figurative ass-kicking sound weird. Well, as Rose says, "You should know by now, with us, weird doesn't even begin to cover it."
"Vampire Academy" opens in theaters on Valentine's Day.
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