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Vamps is a 2012 comedy film about two vampire women living in New York City, Goody and Stacy. The pair have lived in secret from the mortal world happily together for years. Modern life is getting complicating for the vampire world though, and things get more difficult for both when two men come into their lives. Especially in Stacy's case, as she fell for a member of the Van Helsings, the infamous vampire-hunting family. The film stars Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Wallace Shawn and Malcolm McDowell.



  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Stacy is initially astonished she's pregnant, as she hadn't known any female vampire could even conceive.
  • Compelling Voice: Vampires can compel weak-willed people to do as they say when using their hypnotic eyes.
  • Dhampyr: Little Goody at the end is apparently a dhampyr, perhaps because being conceived when her mother was still a vampire left her half one.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Stacy (as Krysten Ritter plays her, who's look really is this), and it makes the elder Van Helsings suspicious that she's really a vampire. At first Dan just thinks they're paranoid, but of course it's true.
  • Emergency Transformation: Danny agrees to have Vadim turn his wife, who's dying of cancer, so that they'll be together longer. This not only cures her, she's left looking much younger than him.
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  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The protagonists, along with the group they're part of, "Sanguines Anonymous", who abstain from drinking human blood (only wild animals) and live peacefully hidden.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Cisserus turns out to have her coffin inside of Grant's Tomb.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Vlad Tepes is one of the vampires. He went to America in 1583.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Vampires have these and they can compel weak-willed people to obey their commands, including to forget things, by using them.
  • Identical Grandson: Goody pretends she's her past self's daughter when old flame Danny (who knew her in the '60s) sees her again. Later, her female descendant (who Alicia Silverstone also plays) looks very much like her too, only with a different hair color/hairstyle.
  • It Is Pronounced TROPAY: Dr. Van Helsing insists the name "Tepes" is pronounced "Tee-pes", unlike the pronunciation of "Tepish" which everyone else uses.
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  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Vampires can compel people to forget specific memories with their hypnotic eyes.
  • Monsters Anonymous: "Sanguines Anonymous" is a support group for vampires who pledge not to feed from humans. They also organize for overall protection against the government finding out they exist.
  • Off with His Head!: Cisserus beheads and dismembers one of her victims fairly early in the film. Later she's killed by beheading herself.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Goody outlived both her children. She seems pretty okay with it. Her son died at 63, which she happily notes was old for the time. She's even happier that her daughter died at 99, which was nearly unheard of. However, at the end when she's dying she sees visions of her children, seeming pleased at the idea of reuniting with them after death.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They don't appear in mirrors, can be destroyed by sunlight, have to sleep inside of coffins with soil from their homeland, aren't harmed by garlic or holy objects and can get pregnant although they miscarry soon after as pregnancy can't be sustained very long. Only certain vampires can make others, called "stems", and if they're killed then vampires they made will become human again at the age they were while turned. Turning someone requires them being bitten by the vampire, then drinking the vampire's blood. Also, their saliva has a natural blood-thinner and this can stop a heart attack. It appears vampires are only killed by beheading. If a pregnant vampire is turned back into a human, their child will apparently be a dhampyr. They also appear able to teleport over a short distance.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Goody was born in the early 1800s, but looks no older than her thirties. Stacy turned at 20 in the early '90s and still looks the same two decades later. Other vampires like Cisserus and Tepes look old, but don't show the centuries they actually are. Others appear to be even older.
  • The Renfield: Goody and Stacy use an accountant who's actually named Renfield to help keep them hidden from the government financially.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Goody was an abolitionist in the early 1800s, and continued to advocate causes (like trying to save the Rosenbergs) throughout her long life.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Goody says she considered doing this prior to meeting Stacy.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: The vampires all stay underground, with no IDs, using only cash, dummy credit cards and making sure to not do things which draw attention. However, in modern times this has become difficult, as most are on social media or use various electronic devices that the government has taken note of. They're starting to be drawn out with things such as being called for jury duty, which they can't do with it being during the day. In the end, they band together and hypnotize government officials during an eclipse into erasing them from all records.
  • The Vamp: Despite the film's title, only Cisserus qualifies for this. She hypnotizes or seduces men to feed on.
  • Vampire Hunter: Dr. Van Helsing and his followers. However, though he views himself as an expert on vampires, a lot of his beliefs turn out to be wrong.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Dr. Van Helsing isn't aware at first that not all vampires are killers, so he's after them equally. He later learns the error of his ways however on meeting Stacy and Goody. They ally with him to destroy their maker, who really is a killer.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Goody and Stacy are both committed to feeding on wild animals only (like rats). They're part of a whole "Sanguines Anonymous" support group to help vampires do this.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: This is one reason Goody and Stacy decide to give up vampirism and become human again. The other reason is that Stacy's unborn child won't survive unless Stacy becomes human. Goody and Stacy had fun as vampires, but admit that "being young is getting kinda old". Goody dies as a result.

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