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Anchor Bay Films Bites Into 'Vamps'

Amy Heckerling's new vampire film stars Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter

Anchor Bay Films has acquired the North American distribution rights for director Amy Heckerling's new film, "Vamps."

Heckerling ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Look Who's Talking") also wrote the film, which embraces the popularity of vampires and fuses it with the playfulness of her classic 1995 hit "Clueless." It's expected to receive a theatrical release near Halloween.

"Vamps" follows two beautiful vampires, Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter), who have been enjoying the good life in New York City. As upstanding, politically correct Extended Life Forms (ELFs), the pair hit a support group, “Sanguines Anonymous,” to help curb the temptation of human blood in between their clubbing and dating schedules. When love steals into each of their lives, the pair’s destiny is set on a new course and they must make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality -- and maybe much more.

“We are excited to have picked up the rights to 'Vamps,'” said Kevin Kasha, executive vice president, acquisitions and co-productions for Anchor Bay Films. “It’s a hilarious story with the perfect cast.”

In addition to Silverstone ("Clueless," "Batman & Robin") and Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,” "Confessions of a Shopaholic"), the film also stars Wallace Shawn ("The Princess Bride"), Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar," "Aliens"), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Lewis (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), Kristen Johnston ("Bride Wars"), Malcolm McDowell ("The Artist," "A Clockwork Orange"), Zak Orth ("Romeo + Juliet") and Marilu Henner ("Johnny Dangerously").

"Vamps" was produced by Lucky Monkey Pictures and Red Hour Films along with Lauren Versel, Molly Hassell, Stuart Cornfeld and Maria Teresa Arida. Executive producers include Stanislaw Tyczynski, Julie Kroll, Kamal Nahas, John Jencks, Lisa Wilson, Stephen Hays and Peter Graham.

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Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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