Sara (Adrian Slade) and Dylan (Lucas Grabeel) sing about living "Happily Afterlife" in I KISSED A VAMPIRE, a film by Chris Sean Nolan. Picture courtesy Monterey Media.
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I Kissed a Vampire (2012)
Opened: 03/30/2012 Limited
Trailer: Click for trailer
Rated: PG for for some thematic material, vampire action, language and sensuality.
One bite from a fanged exchange student and Dylan will never be the same--he's becoming a vampire, and when he's around his girlfriend Sara all he can think about is biting her. He's terrified, she's frustrated, and his vampire mentor Trey, a goth rocker who revels in being undead, wants to bring both of them over to the dark side. Will Dylan save himself and the girl he loves? Or will Trey turn them into his slaves in this musical foray among the creatures of the night?
Haunted by bizarre dreams about goth rocker Trey Sylvania (DREW SEELEY, High School Musical, Another Cinderella Story), with a growing lust for blood, Dylan (LUCAS GRABEEL, High School Musical, Milk) is not your average teenager--he's transforming into a vampire! It all started when he was bitten by a voracious fanged exchange student, and it's a process he is desperate to stop--but how? His demented dentist can't do anything about Dylan's aching teeth and emerging fangs, and the anti-bloodsucking pills he gets from his para-psychologist just give him a rash. Dylan is terrified and he doesn't know what to do--especially about his beautiful girlfriend Sara (newcomer ADRIAN SLADE).
Every time Dylan gets close to Sara his fangs pop out and he gets an overwhelming urge to bite her. He isn't sure how much longer he can stop himself, so he's been avoiding her and she has no idea why. Confused and hurt, Sara sings about her frustration. Dylan knows he's got to explain himself, and vocalizes his torment. That night he gets a visit from sexy Trey, a vampire who revels in being one of the living dead. Trey's seductive song and lusty vampirette groupies urge Dylan to "go for the throat".
Dylan panics when Sara shows up, and he can't stop her from accepting Trey's invitation to a hot vampire club, so he goes along. Trey drugs Sara to make her compliant but since Dylan still won't risk kissing her, Trey starts seducing her--Dylan attacks Trey and stops him, but not before Sara's neck is nicked.
Soon Sara is dressing goth and eating raw meat, and Dylan tells her she's becoming a vampire, just like he is. Horrified, she declares they have to find a cure. Dylan warns her not to think about Trey, who can sense their thoughts, but he can't follow his own advice; his melancholy draws the vampire, who reveals how he was turned by Nikki, the punk rock love of his life, who bit him and left him. Dylan warns Trey to stay away from Sara, but he haunts her dreams. Dylan is furious, and feels hopeless, but Sara convinces him that they have to keep trying.
Venomologist Dr. Dan Helsing--poison is his passion--is convinced he can cure Dylan and Sara, they just need blood from the vampires who bit them. Dylan's is weak so he may never fully turn, but Sara doesn't have very long. Her psychic connection to Trey summons him; he takes the two back to his lair, filled with a vampire band, artists and the lusty vampirettes. Trey gives Sara a necklace, infuriating his main vamp squeeze Luna (AMY PAFFRATH, E!, Evil Bong); as he reassures her they sing about what their lives might be if they were normal.
Sara insists on being the bait to lull Trey so they can get his blood, but Luna and the vampirettes drag her away for a sexy vampire makeover. Trey leaves Dylan with vamp vixen Desiree. Suddenly Dr. Dan shows up--Sara's only got an hour left before the change is complete, so he's got the cure premixed, ready for Trey's blood! Will they get the blood and reach Sara in time to save her? Or will they live happily ever...afterlife?
About the Filmmakers
Chris Sean Nolan (Director/Co-Writer/Co-Lyricist)
Chris was born in Chicago and raised in Seattle where he got his start as an advertising creative director and later, after moving to Los Angeles, began directing commercials and episodic TV shows. He has won numerous industry awards,including Emmy's, Clios and Cannes Lions.
In the past, he has co-written movies for The Disney Channel ("Going To The Mat" which was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Prize) as well as co-writing and helming the short film "Self Storage" starring Jeff Garlin and Scott Foley.
"I Kissed A Vampire" is Chris Sean Nolan's first time writing and directing a musical but it won't be his last! He'll be co-writing and directing the dance movie "Can't Stop Dancing" as well as prepping "Floating Bridge", a Jimi Hendrix movie set in Seattle.
Laurie Nolan (Producer/Co-Writer)
Laurie was born and raised in Los Angeles where she began her career as an advertising writer. She met Chris when they were both working at an ad agency in Manhattan and soon after moved back to her hometown where they began co-writing screenplays.
Together they have written, produced, and directed numerous projects including Disney Channel Original Movies, the short film, "Self Storage" starring Jeff Garlin and Scott Foley, and of course "I Kissed A Vampire" starring Lucas Grabeel, Drew Seeley, and Adrian Slade.
Laurie is currently preparing two feature films: the dance musical "Can't Stop Dancing" and "Floating Bridge". Laurie and Chris have a wonderful and talented daughter, Molly, and an amazing Maltese named Cody. They share a vintage 1923 home in Santa Monica ten blocks from the beach.
Mike Slade (Executive Producer)
Mike Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. He has worked as a strategic consultant for the NBA, Starbucks, Real Networks, Disney, the NFL and various Paul Allen companies. Mike co-founded the venture capital company Second Avenue Partners in 2000.
He serves on the board of three nonprofits including Broadway Bound Children's Theatre, Pandrillus, and Seattle Theatre Group. "I Kissed A Vampire" is the first time Mike's backed a musical and he looks forward to it opening on Broadway someday in the future.
Mike lives overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle with his two teenage daughters and his wife, Megan, and their two young sons. He is also preparing himself to be the father of a star!
Frankie Blue (Music/Co-Lyricist)
Frankie was born and raised in Long Island, New York but now lives with his wife and three children overlooking the Pacific in Malibu, California. He attended the prestigious Berkleee College of Music where he learned to play every instrument.
Frankie has written and produced for R&B legends, Brian and Eddie Holland, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind and Fire, Marika, and many other recording artists. He has also written and played with Animal Logic and remixed and programmed for Tricky, Garbage, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
He's also scored over 150 episodes of television, 12 movies including doing the orchestration for Olvier Stone's "W". He wrote and produced 17 original pop/rock songs for "I Kissed A Vampire".
Shannin Markham Carr (Costume Designer)
Excessive Ebay shopper, glitter addict, and vintage connoisseur are all names synonymous with costume designer and wardrobe stylist Shannin Markham Carr. Inspired by her Barbie dolls at an early age, Shannin knew she would venture into the fashion world when she had more fun dressing her Barbies than actually playing with them.
Shannin has a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art and it was her internship at the Boston Ballet that lead her to costume design. She's transformed all kinds of people from superheroes to gangsters, but thinks costuming vampires is her true calling. Crossing to the dark side and playing with feathers and lace is so much more fun than dressing another person in "business casual." And dressing Drew and Lucas wasn't so bad either.
You can find Shannin at the Rose Bowl Flea Market or at her new home in Los Angeles with her husband, Rob.
Elvis Restaino (Production Designer)
Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla gave Elvis Restaino his first shot in the art department on "The Man Show". At seven years old, during a visit to Disneyland, after a magical ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean he knew that designing alternative worlds was his destiny. Inspired by his Italian American parents, a momma who sewed costumes on Broadway, a craftsman poppa who could create something out of nothing, Elvisto's aggressive attention to detail coupled with his romantic bohemian design style makes him the perfect Directors Production Designer.
May of this year, his work was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, a 3000 square foot loft apartment in Chelsea, New York for actor Gerard Butler. He has a boutique scene shop in Los Angeles where he custom designs and rents sets to independent television and film makers. Elvis has a saw dust filled office adorned with ecclesiastical art accumulated from past productions.
With a tie wrapped around his bare neck and dusty cowboy boots, he's quite hard to miss. Most days you can find him wading into the surf, in his rubber boots, down by the Santa Monica pier for just long enough to finish his third cup of coffee. you can view his work at www.elvisr.com.
Christolpher Gosch (Cinematographer)
Born to a motorcycle dealer owner, Christolpher Gosch started riding dirt bikes at five and racing at six. This began his quest for trying anything with little fear.
As an adult, he has worked in the motion picture and television industry as a Producer and Director of Photography on Documentaries, Feature Films, TV series, Music Videos, and Commercials. Recently, Chris has expanded his career from director of photography to producing a series for HBO.
He has shot over 15 feature films as well as numerous short films, music videos, commercials and industrials. Since 2006 Christopher has been the CEO of the Company Digital.
About the Cast
Springfield, Missouri native, Lucas Grabeel, became part of a media phenomenon when he was cast as Ryan Evans in the 2006 Disney Channel telefilm High School Musical, High School Musical 2, and High School Musical 3: Senior Year. He joined the other cast members through a 42-city tour of the U.S.
Lucas' role as "Danny Nicoletta" in Gus Van Sant's Milk, starring Sean Penn, again brought him to the big screen in 2008. In May 0f 2009, Lucas starred as "Matt" in The Fantastiks, a Reprise Theater production directed by Jason Alexander.
He was recently cited as one of Teen People's "Top 25 Hottest Teen Stars Under 25;" Teen Vogue's Most Exciting Teen Stars; And Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" of musical prodigies. When not acting, Mr. Grabeel enjoys painting; and writing music and playing the guitar, piano, and drums.
Drew Seeley grew up in Toronto where he first fell in love with the stage.
In 2005, he began working with producer Ray Cham and together they wrote "Getcha Head In The Game" for Disney's quadruple platinum High School Musical soundtrack nominated for an Emmy in the "Best Original Song and Lyrics" category. In addition, Drew co-starred in the North America and Latin America tours of "High School Musical: The Concert" playing in 60,000 seat arenas. Drew just finished a Broadway run as Prince Eric in Disney's The Little Mermaid as well as Warner Premiere's Another Cinderella Story playing opposite Selena Gomez. He wrote and performs 4 songs in the film.
Most recently, Drew wrapped filming on the Adam Sandler produced movie The Shortcut. He resides in sunny Los Angeles and spends as much time at the beach as possible.
Adrian Slade grew up in Seattle, Washington where she first discovered her love of musical theatre at an early age. Since then she has appeared in over 20 musicals, ranging from school musicals, community theatre productions, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp in New York, and Seattle Children's Theatre.
Adrian was recently seen as a featured vocal soloist in the Seattle Children's Theatre production of Rent. Her roles have included: Nancy in "Oliver", both Rizzo and Sandy in multiple productions of Grease, among numerous other productions. I Kissed A Vampire is her first foray into film or television, also being her first experience in recording music.
When Adrian is not working she fills her time as a high school student and vocal performer.
Amy Paffrath grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she was enrolled in ballet, tap and jazz class at just 3 years old. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.
In early 2006, Amy landed hosting gigs with Direct TV and Fuel TV and was the star of Broadcaster News a popular pop culture news show.
Amy had appeared in several independent feature films and music videos including Paramore's number one hit "Misery Business." She starred in the AXE Hair Crisis Relief campaign and is currently the host of E! News Now. Amy credits her role as Luna Dark as her favorite character to play to far. She is enjoying her hectic life and thriving career in Los Angeles.
Chris Coppola is an actor who has been honing his craft for the last 12 years in Los Angeles at The Lost Studio. He has been studying and teaching at The Lost Studio for all of those 12 years.
2009 has been busy for Chris. He worked with Italian acclaimed director Federico Zampaglione the movie "Shadow." The film premiered at Frightfest 2009 to rave reviews and is headed to United States by 2010 distributed by IFC Films. Also this year he worked on a Bio-pic about the infamous gangster John Gotti. The movie is called The Sinatra club and also will be out in 2010.
Over the years Chris has worked with Academy award winning director Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express and Beowulf) he has also worked with Sam Raimi (Spiderman) and John Wells The West Wing).
After moving from her hometown of Atlanta all the way to St. Louis and after graduating college with a Musical Theater B.F.A.Emily is now living the dream out in beautiful Los Angeles, CA.
The start of a career in the film and television industry is never easy but Emily manages to stand out from the crowd and make a name for herself. She can be seen in several episodes of Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Suite Life on Deck. Never far from her theatre roots however, she has starred in several plays all around the LA area including a workshop of the Sherman Brothers' newest Broadway Musical, Merry Go Round. Currently she is starring as Snow White in the award winning original children's musical Princess Bean's Messy World at the Electric Lodge Theatre in Venice, California. And LA continues to be kind. Emily was the lead in a national Visa commercial, and has since landed roles in several feature and short films, and even a pilot. Most recently, she found herself as a Jamaican Vampirette in the soon to be released I Kissed a Vampire.
In a TV guide article on the Lively family, Lori was named "the most enigmatic" member of the Lively clan. Lori began modeling at age 10 and continued into adulthood, moving to Europe and working for clients such as Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta. Lori has worked in front of the camera in countless national commercials, in film as well as television.
Behind the scenes, Lori has had the opportunity to work as a set coach. Clients include Ashley Tisdale, Brittany Murphy, Alyson Hannigan, Logan Lerman, Penn Badgley, Jaime Pressley, and Miranda Cosgrove.
With an eye for talent, an ear for what rings true, and in innate understanding of the business, Lori has enabled many actors the opportunity to reach their dreams.