Vampires Suck

Composed by: Christopher Lennertz

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            With the popularity of the Twilight series of books and movies, you just knew there was bound to be a parody movie in the works.  Vampires Suck features Jenn Proske as Becca Crane, a teenager forced to movie to Sporks after her mother begins an affair with Tiger Woods.  Although she finds it easy to make friends at her new school, she is intrigued by the seemingly unapproachable Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter).  After some awkward incidents, the two eventually become romantically involved until a dangerous birthday accident forces vampire boyfriend Edward to leave.  Comforted by her friend Jacob White (Christopher N. Riggi), the two become close enough to create quite the strange love triangle.

            The musical score of Vampire Sucks was created by American composer Christopher Lennertz.  Receiving musical training as early as the age of nine, Lennertz began composing musical score for films in the year 2002 and was named best new composer for his work on the Clive Barker movie, Saint Sinner.  Since then he has been nominated and won quite a few awards for his musical scores compositions which include such works as the video game Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, the Supernatural pilot episode and the independent feature film Tortilla Heaven.  Most recent works include the musical scores for The Open Road, To Save A Life, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and more.

            Listening to the Vampires Suck Original Motion Picture Score, one would never know that they were listening to the film score of a comedy until they reached the fourth track on the CD.  That’s because Christopher Lennertz “wanted to take everything that makes the vampire genre so seductive…tragic melodies, dark romance, and scary textures…and turn it up to eleven.”  To achieve this style, Lennertz used full orchestras, including vocal sounds, guitars and percussion to create a dramatic musical score that rivals that of the actual Twilight series that the movie is parodying. 

            The only hints that reveal the comedy nature of the film lie in moments on a select number of tracks.  The most revealing are the comedic segment of lighthearted music which seemingly emulates the confused mind of Becca in Chemistry in Class, a parody of the moment when Bella is made lab partners with Edward.  Another hint is found at the beginning of Sleepwalking which sounds quite a bit like the music from the Harry Potter series of films.

            Ignoring the comedic elements added for the film, the soundtrack of Vampires Suck is actually quite dramatic and a beautiful piece of modern orchestral composition.  Any music aficionado would be happy to add this album to their music collection.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Lennertz were nominated for this musical score.  Despite the cool critical reception for this film, the fact remains that Lennertz work on the movie’s musical score is a thing of art that should not go unnoticed.


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