You don't have to wait until 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays to catch former Shickshinny resident Krysten Ritter in action. The actress, who's such a delight playing the manipulative title character in the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, is front and center on a couple of new DVDs.
We've already trumpeted the surprisingly tangy September release Life Happens, which Ritter co-wrote. And now comes Vamps (2012, Anchor Bay, PG-13, $23), another movie shot a few years ago and finally seeing the light of day on DVD.
Writer/director Amy Heckerling reportedly conceived of the film as a way of reteaming with her Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, but Ritter, a master scene-stealer if ever there was one, walks off with the movie.
Silverstone and Ritter star as party girls who just happen to be vampires. When romance beckons in the shape of a young vampire hunter (Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens) and an old flame (Richard Lewis), the gal pals have to choose between eternal youth or endless love.
With her goth look, Ritter seems at home playing an undead club-hopper who sleeps in a coffin, sucks the plasma out of rats and sasses the reigning vampire queen (Sigourney Weaver). She's particularly funny trading quips with her boyfriend's parents, the Van Helsings (Wallace Shawn, Kristen Johnston). The humor isn't exactly cutting-edge, but that's a small complaint. In Vamps, Ritter is bloody good.
Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.