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Vampire Academy (2014)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 4,183 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
  • Release Date: 7 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
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  • IMDb page: Vampire Academy (2014)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 4,183 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
  • Release Date: 7 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Gross: $6,958,298 (USA) (14 February 2014)
  • Director: Mark Waters
  • Stars: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Rolfe Kent   
  • Soundtrack: Spiritual
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Vampire | Guardian | Academy | Friend | Royal

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Richelle Mead  novel
  • Daniel Waters  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Sarah Hyland, who plays Natalie Dashkov, auditioned over Skype. 80 of 82 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Lucy Fry did not receive a callback for the first casting. When the producers started accepting self-tapes she submitted one that landed her a studio callback. 39 of 42 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The psi-hounds were originally filmed using trained dogs, but director Mark Waters was not happy with the way they looked. They were replaced with CGI dogs, modeled off a drawing author Richelle Mead made for Waters. 23 of 25 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Dominic Sherwood was the last to be cast. He was cast a few days before filming started. 40 of 47 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story. Full summary »  »

Story: Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half-vampire and half-human, who is training to be a guardian at St Vladimir’s Academy along with many others like her. There are good and bad vampires in their world: Moroi, who co-exist peacefully among the humans and only take blood from donors, and also possess the ability to control one of the four elements – water, earth, fire or air; and Strigoi, blood-sucking, evil vampires who drink to kill. Rose and other dhampir guardians are trained to protect Moroi and kill Strigoi throughout their education. Along with her best friend, Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, a Moroi and the last of her line, with whom she has a nigh unbreakable bond, Rose must run away from St Vladimir’s, in order to protect Lissa from those who wish to harm the princess and use her for their own means. Written byjessieyf1


Synopsis: In the opening scene, Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Moroi princess Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir (Lucy Fry) are in an apartment where Rose has just had a nightmare about a car accident some time back. Lissa claims that she is hungry and wants to eat, and Rose lets her bite into her neck and drink some of her blood. As they prepare to leave their apartment, they are attacked by several men. Rose tries fighting them off, but get subdued. The men are members of the Guardians who have tracked them down to take them back to their school, St. Vladimir’s Academy, after Rose and Lissa ran away two years previously. The team is led by Guardian Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky), who was the leader of the team of guardians sent to retrieve the two.

In a voice-over, Rose explains that she and Lissa are vampires, members of a caste system kept secret from the outside world. Rose is a 17-year-old Dhampir (half-human/vampire) guardian-in-training. They are the vampires assigned as guardians to the royal Moroi (the peaceful, mortal vampires) whom make up the majority of the vampires at the school. They are taught to protect the Moroi from the Strigoi (bloodthirsty, undead vampires) whom reside in the hills outside the school and only come out at night. Dhampirs can walk in the daylight while Moroi can only walk in daylight for short periods before the sunlight bothers them.

Upon arrival at the main gate, the Guardians are attacked by a team of Strigoi, while Lissa waits inside one of the vehicles, Rose tries to help Dmitri, but freezes and nearly gets killed by one of the Strigoi, but is saved by another Guardian.

Rose and Lissa are brought before Headmistress Ellen Kirova (Olga Kurylenko) who threatens to expel Rose from the school for endangering Lissa whom is the heir to the throne of the Moroi. However, Dmitri convinces her to let Rose stay on. Dmitri offers to mentor Rose in her guardian training as he feels she has potential and with training can make up for the two years she has lost. He also believes Rose can be an excellent guardian to Lissa due to the presence of a rare one-sided psychic bond to Lissa which allows her to know the latter’s emotions, thoughts, and whereabouts. Rose agrees, knowing this is the only way she will be allowed to remain at the school, and on graduation be Lissa’s life guardian.

However, as Rose and Lissa soon fall into the academy life, they find that Lissa has lost her social standing among the other Moroi royals owing to her running away. They decide to keep company with Lissa’s "cousin" the nerdy and talkative Natalie Dashkov (Sarah Hyland), who is the daughter of sick and dying Victor Dashkov (Gabriel Bryne).

On the very first day back, Rose and Lissa find that another Moroi student, Mia Rinaldi (Sami Gayle), who is currently dating Lissa’s ex-boyfriend Aaron (Edward Holcroft), holds a grudge against Lissa (and by default Rose). Mia finds every opportunity to insult Lissa and is in turn insulted and threatened by Rose.

Lissa finds a friend, Christian Ozera (Dominic Sherwood), much to the ire of the ever protective Rose. It is revealed that Christian’s parents had turned Strigoi of their own will for immortality and had been killed by Guardians. Rose does not trust Christian because of his family history. It is also implied that she is jealous of Lissa’s interest in him. Rose, in turn, starts falling for Dimitri. Lissa then has a humiliating encounter with Queen Tatiana Ivashkov (Joey Richardson), the queen of the vampire hiarchy, over her past mistakes.

Things start getting worse when Lissa finds dead animals (first a fox, then her pet cat) in her room along with threatening letters. Lissa starts going into depression and engages in self mutilation. It is revealed that though she has not specialized in any elemental magic (Air, Water, Fire, and Earth), she has a miraculous ability to heal, which was witnessed by Rose and their teacher Ms. Sonya Karp (Claire Foy) two years back. Rose finds out that this gift is shared by Ms. Karp, who was taken to a mental institution. They find out that Lissa has affinity for this magic which is called ‘Spirit’, that might just be dangerous for her and Rose. This incident along with her increasing depression was what had caused Rose to run away with Lissa. Ms. Karp then willingly turned into a Strigoi who then went on a rampage at the school before fleeing.

While attending Sunday church service, Rose hears that the Moroi school founder St. Vladimir could heal people, and suffered from some form of depression. Also, he was protected by his loyal companion the "shadow kissed" Anna with whom he shared a bond.

On returning from a shopping trip into the nearby town with Lissa, Victor, and Natalie, Rose has an accident when she breaks her right ankle after stepping in a pothole and on waking up deduces from what Dimitri tells her (that she had a miraculous recovery) that Lissa had healed her. She reaches into her bond and finds that Lissa is lying on the attic of the Church bleeding from self-inflicted cuts. Her reporting this incident causes a slight break in their friendship.

At a school dance, Mia (having somehow found out about Lissa’s healing abilities) insults Lissa, calling her unstable, causing Rose to punch Mia and break her nose. Detained by teachers and guardians, Rose is unable to follow Lissa. Rose reaches through her bond while confined to her room and finds that Lissa is being kidnapped by some guardians who assault Christian when he tries to save her. Rose tries to go and warn Dimitri and instead ends up nearly having sex with him. They stop when Dimitri unclasps a locket gifted by Victor from her neck and he manages to throw it away. It is revealed that this is a locket with a lust charm which causes people to act on already existing attraction, letting go of inhibitions.

Through the bond, Rose finds out that Victor is the one who kidnapped Lissa and plans to use her to heal his genetic disease. He reveals that Natalie was the one who left the animals in Lissa’s room to see her heal them after accidentally catching her doing so. He also reveals that Lissa had specialized in the rare fifth element Spirit, and that her bringing back Rose from the dead after the car accident was what caused them to have a bond. Using Spirit is what was causing Lissa’s depression. Though Lissa heals Victor for the time being, the school guardians are able to reach the place and rescue her.

On returning, Victor convinces Natalie to turn Strigoi by killing while feeding and gets her to break him free from the school jail. She injures Rose who is visiting Victor, but is killed by Dimitri with Rose’s help and Victor is sent away to a vampire prison.

Dimitri reveals that he too feels for Rose but cannot have a relationship with her because of their age difference and because he won’t be able to guard Lissa wholeheartedly if she is near him. However, both Rose and Lissa manage to reconsile.

In the final scene, we see a cave containing HUNDREDS of Strigoi vampires whom are led by Ms. Karp. They are on a hill overlooking the school waiting for the right time to make their move again… another day.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jillian Preger DeFrehn known as co-producer
  • Stuart Ford known as executive producer
  • Susan Montford known as producer
  • Don Murphy known as producer
  • Deepak Nayar known as producer
  • Michael Preger known as producer
  • Paul Sarony known as line producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Zoey Deutch known as Rose Hathaway
  • Lucy Fry known as Lissa Dragomir
  • Danila Kozlovsky known as Dimitri Belikov
  • Gabriel Byrne known as Victor Dashkov
  • Dominic Sherwood known as Christian Ozera
  • Olga Kurylenko known as Headmistress Kirova
  • Sarah Hyland known as Natalie
  • Cameron Monaghan known as Mason
  • Sami Gayle known as Mia Rinaldi
  • Ashley Charles known as Jesse
  • Claire Foy known as Ms. Karp
  • Joely Richardson known as Queen Tatiana
  • Dominique Tipper known as Guardian Gabriela
  • Edward Holcroft known as Aaron
  • Bronté Norman-Terrell known as Camilla
  • Chris Mason known as Ray
  • Ben Peel known as Spiridion
  • Ramon Tikaram known as Mr. Meisner
  • Harry Bradshaw known as Mia's Friend Bruno
  • Shelley Longworth known as Feeder Norrine
  • Rory Fleck-Byrne known as Andre
  • Alexander Abadzis known as Lissa's Dad
  • Elizabeth Conboy known as Lissa's Mom
  • Ryan Prescott known as Novice Punk Nick
  • Cameron Harris known as Cave Strigoi
  • Macey Chipping known as Young Rose
  • Mark Lewis known as Priest
  • Chooye Bay known as Asian Elder
  • Maria Dagyte known as Blonde Royal Friend
  • Alice Wahtel known as Blonde Royal Friend
  • Levan Doran known as Gate Strigoi
  • Rodrig Andrisan known as Romanian Vampire Expert (uncredited)
  • Mai Arwas known as Lucy (uncredited)
  • James Ayling known as Dhampir (uncredited)
  • Nic Bernasconi known as Moroi (uncredited)
  • Jackson Bews known as Jered (uncredited)
  • Bruce Chong known as Guardian (uncredited)
  • Alex Donovan known as Moroi (uncredited)
  • Chloe-Allyn Gallacher known as Dhampir (uncredited)
  • Nick Gillard known as Kenneth (uncredited)
  • Kevin Hudson known as Strigoi (uncredited)
  • Tom Jacob known as Kirova's Guardian (uncredited)
  • Isca Loren known as Moroi (uncredited)
  • Serhat Metin known as Guardian (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Rickard known as Dhampir (uncredited)
  • Peter Svatik known as Moroi (uncredited)
  • Will Tudor known as Senior Novice (uncredited)
  • Leila Wong known as Moroi (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Punam Chhatralia known as standby contact lens optician
  • Louise Coles known as make-up and hair artist
  • Annette Field known as hair stylist
  • Annette Field known as makeup artist
  • Richard Glass known as contact lens optician
  • Pamela Haddock known as makeup designer
  • Beth John known as on-set lens technician
  • Chris Lyons known as special effects teeth
  • Sally Miura known as make-up and hair trainee
  • Flora Moody known as hair & makeup daily
  • Marc Pilcher known as make up and hair artist
  • Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore known as senior contact lens coordinator
  • Kate Starr known as make up and hair artist
  • Emilie Yong known as make-up and hair artist

Art Department:

  • Maudie Andrews known as assistant set decorator
  • Will Ayres known as dressing props
  • Max Berman known as concept artist
  • Sarah Bick known as assistant buyer: additional photography
  • Steve Bohan known as construction manager
  • Graham Caulfield known as drapesmaster
  • Dean Coldham known as set plasterer
  • Stephen Conway known as dressing props
  • Stephen Cooper known as concept artist
  • Gavin Gordon known as carpenter
  • John Greaves known as storyboard artist
  • Stuart Headley-Read known as standby props
  • Peter Hooper known as key greensman
  • Ben Johnson known as assistant property master
  • Terry Jones known as production buyer
  • Chris Kitisakkul known as assistant art director
  • Shay Leonard known as standby props
  • Garry Moore known as standby carpenter
  • Naomi Moore known as assistant buyer
  • Harry Pain known as standby art director
  • Adrian Platt known as dressing props
  • Kimberley Pope known as concept artist
  • Clare Porritt known as Assistant Buyer
  • Alexandra Toomey known as art department assistant
  • Rebecca White known as draughtsperson
  • Rebecca White known as set designer
  • Tom Whitehouse known as concept artist
  • Bradley Woodbridge known as standby painter




Production Companies:

  • Angry Films
  • Kintop Pictures
  • Preger Entertainment
  • Reliance Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Media  camera equipment provided by
  • Above the Line Set Assistance & Security  security
  • Bootmaker Films  opening sequence designed by
  • Cloud 12  aerial cinematography
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Compuhire  computer playback
  • Digilab Services  post production services
  • Marc Graue Recording Services  post-production sound services
  • Motion Picture Merchandise (MPM)  crew gift (uncredited)
  • Prime Focus  post-production
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Vivid Rental  HD Avid equipment rental


  • Big Bang Media (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Noori Pictures (2014) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2014) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2014) (Romania) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Prime Focus World (visual effects)
  • Prime Focus (VFX)
  • ReelEye Company (special effect contact lenses)

Visual Effects by:

  • Tony Atherton known as effects technical director: Prime Focus
  • Preetham Tej Boddu known as prep lead
  • Marc Calvelo known as animator: Prime Focus VFX
  • Chad Cortvriendt known as visual effects producer
  • Ryan Delaney known as visual effects line producer
  • Michael Bruce Ellis known as main title designer
  • Oniel Fernandes known as digital compositor
  • Matt Fidler known as animator: Prime Focus
  • Neville Freitas known as lead on-set matchmover: Prime Focus London
  • Aron Galabuzi known as digital compositor
  • Justas Giedraitis known as lighter
  • Agatha Gomes known as texturing artist
  • Alex Goodfellow known as matchmove artist: Prime Focus
  • Piers Hampton known as senior visual effects producer
  • Chris Hardman known as on-set match move supervisor
  • Lionel Heath known as compositor: Prime Focus London
  • Marc Jouveneau known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jenny King known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jakub Krompolc known as lead rigger
  • Divya Kumar Vij known as lighting artist
  • Divya Kumar Vij known as visual effects artist
  • Benjamin Kwok known as digital compositor
  • Gabriel Lopez known as digital compositor
  • Kevin Lopez known as modeler / texture artist
  • Zack Mazerolle known as visual effects editor
  • Rebecca Miller known as lead matchmover: Primefocus
  • Souvik Mitra known as lead matchmover: prime focus
  • Sandrine Moniez known as digital compositor
  • Adriano Mulè known as senior compositor
  • Saurabh Nandedkar known as digital compositor
  • Ole-Aleksander Nordby known as digital compositor
  • Cian O'Laoi known as visual effects editor
  • Amey Panchal known as matchmove lead: prime focus
  • Om Parab known as senior matchmove artist
  • Marko Radinkovic known as digital compositor: Prime Focus Film
  • Sinisa Radosavljevic known as digital compositor: Prime Focus Film
  • Natwar singh Rathore known as visual effects artist
  • Jonathan Rhodes known as editorial assistant
  • Alessandro Salis known as digital paint artist
  • Raphael Santos known as compositor: Prime Focus London
  • Sachin Shivkar known as matchmoving/camera tracking lead artist
  • Richard Sowerby known as prep/comp
  • Mohite Suraj known as digital compositor
  • Avadhoot Tambe known as senior matchmove artist
  • Neil Thompsett known as compositor
  • Joel Thompson known as visual effects editor
  • Parikshit Tyagi known as compositor (Prime focus india)
  • Gopalarathinam Viswanathan known as matchmove supervisor: Primefocus India

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language



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