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Ain't It Cool & Dark Sky Films Are Screening Emily Hagins' MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE in Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, and Austin!

"Monty Cristo" here once again.

One of my favorite things we've done this year is increase the number of events we throw, and come the end of the year, this will end up being one of my favorites without a doubt.

I first met Emily Hagins a number of years ago when ZOMBIE GIRL, the documentary about the beginning of her filmmaking career, screened at Fantastic Fest. I've met loads of writers and directors, but precious few could be considered in the same league as Emily when it comes to dedication and humility. From raw resourcefulness and good nature, she has assembled a regular production company and completed three feature films, the most recent of which (MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE) premiered at South by Southwest 2011...and all of this before she turned 19.

Ain't It Cool is proud to be a part of a four-city screening tour that will take place just in advance of MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE's home video premiere on September 4th.

The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on August 22nd at Cinespace, then hops over to Chicago and New York City, finally returning to Austin on August 31st. Emily will be present for all four screenings and do a post-show Q&A.

We'll be giving away the majority of tickets to these screenings right here at AICN, and we are partnering with other sites (including Bloody Disgusting, among others) to give out the rest after our big ol' AICN pile is all gone.

Each city will see a separate giveaway post on the site for that particular location.

Follow Emily, Dark Sky, or me on Twitter in the event that you don't get one of the AICN tickets and want to make sure you know when those other giveaways are announced. We'll all be tweeting and re-tweeting that info like mad. We'll also add it to the individual giveaway stories here at AICN after those spots are filled.

See y'all at the movies!



Moisés Chiullan / "Monty Cristo"
Arthouse Cowboy



P.S.:  Here's the press release sent out this evening by Dark Sky:





Will Make Waves Through the U.S. With A Special Fan Tour In Four Major Cities


 "a sweet little winner" - Scott Weinberg,


 "potent comedy-horror" - Screen Daily


Officially the youngest filmmaker in Hollywood, Emily Hagins will bring fans her long-awaited film, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE through a special four-city fan tour with Dark Sky Films and Ain't It Cool News. Launching with a red carpet premiere in Los Angeles at Cinespace on 8/22, the film will make its way through New York, Chicago and Emily's home base in Austin.


Each screening will be presented in partnership with Ain't It Cool News (AICN), with one of AICN's editors hosting each screening. Tickets will be given away for each date on the tour at Founder Harry Knowles has encouraged and supported Emily since her earliest days as a filmmaker.


For fans who can't catch the film on the big screen, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE will be available on Blu-ray and DVD via MPI/Dark Sky Films on September 4, 2102.


The kids are biting and the blood is flowing in teenage writer-director Emily Hagins' horror-comedy breakthrough, MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the buzzed-about genre sensation. On 17-year-old Kate's last weekend in town before heading to college, she and her geeky friends head to SpaceCON, the local sci-fi/fantasy convention. There, Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen vampire (who takes advantage of the gathering's costume atmosphere by actually dressing as a bloodsucker). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he gives her the hickey from hell.


Kate and her pals then discover that Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to kick some vampire butt, or Kate's going to be attending permanent night school from now on!


Vibrant young actors including Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado, Lauren Vunderink and Lauren Lee help teen writer-director Emily Hagins take a bite out of modern pop vampires in a hilarious, bloody tale that proves once and for all that love, like, totally sucks!



MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE, the breakout premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, is the third and most accomplished feature yet from the prodigious Emily Hagins. At the age of 12, Hagins was the subject of Zombie Girl! The Movie, a documentary about the making of her first feature, Pathogen.


MY SUCKY TEEN ROMANCE has "the sort of energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness that money cannot buy," wrote Anton Bitel of Little White Lies.'s Scott Weinberg called the movie "a sweet little winner. ... the youthful director has really honed her craft, discovered a new angle, and now returns with an entirely accessible mini-budget comedy that coasts on by through sheer force of wit, energy, and 'let's put on a show!' creativity." said, "At 18, Hagins already has a better grasp of story structure, pacing and the mix between humor and pathos that makes for potent comedy-horror than some filmmakers twice her age."
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  • Aug. 1, 2012, midnight CST


    by John Maddening

    So close, and yet so far away. I've seen it, and I'd see it in the theater again, but I have the Blu-Ray on pre-order.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST


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  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Couldn't help myself...sorry...

    by dead youngling

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 5:55 a.m. CST

    I did the graphics and animation for

    by rendertwit

    the new trailer. I was so giddy to get the job, because I love that Emily actually DID what we all dreamed of doing when we were teens. She made (not just one, but three) feature films. I would love to meet her someday, but it was cool enough to work on a small part of this project. And before you think I am just a fanboy, I worked on 7 feature films doing VFX, worked on CSI: Miami and many other high profile projects. But it is a project like this that really gets my Geek going. Congrats Emily!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    We're waiting, unsopablepoopenstein

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Where's your feature film? Seems everyone has got one as they are so easy to make. Three full length features by 18 is an impressive feat, regardless of the budget or "quality". I know plenty of late 20's or early 30's film makers who have barely managed to make one film. Is it coming to the UK? I'd at least like to check it out/.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    regardless of the budget or "quality"

    by OldDickLemon

    and therein lies the problem with our society, it doesn't matter if you're any good, so long as you get your name on something. Fame is far more important than talent. I also don't consider some shitty movie by Harry's latest "protege" (at least the last one had a nice rack) that no one has ever seen a "feature" film. It's a class project that we only know of because this kid is from Austin.

  • He'd do anything to get in Emily's pants.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    Everyone starts somewhere, and if we can't celebrate people doing what they love (at any age) and trying their best each time, then what the hell is it even worth being a geek for? So her films may not be your cup of tea, I get it, but Harry has the right spirit in trying to celebrate someone who is doing what so many others only talk about doing (or only "talkback" about). If everyone who puts down Emily could stop for a second and remember what it was like to be 17 or 18 years old, then thought about what they accomplished at that age, they might at least stop knocking her. You don't have to celebrate her, but don't be pissed at her, Harry or us for thinking what she has done is fantastic. I work in the business, I know how hard it is. There are too many people with a lot of enthusiasm who never even give it a try (or are prevented from giving it a try at the more professional level). People like Emily don't wait, they just jump in and get started. They learn in a trial-by-fire fashion, but at least they learn. They are also doing what they love for a living, far earlier than many talkbackers do (if ever). Instead of being jealous, people should be happy for her. Instead of wasting your time knocking her down, why don't you get started on your own feature length film and show her (and all of us) how it is done? Then we can all be happy for you, and you will know what you are talking about, because you will have walked in her shoes.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    So we're going back to the age old argument of...

    by OldDickLemon

    if you've never made a shitty movie, you're not allowed to call other movies shitty?

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Someone should tell fat boy.

    by OldDickLemon

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    I never said you couldn't like it (in fact, I did say you had every right to not like it). If it isn't your cup of tea, so be it... But how does that give you or anyone good reasons for putting down her accomplishment? Why look down on us for being happy for her? How does it make it OK to look down on Harry for being excited for her and proud of her? I mean, just think about it. If you worked hard at something and were proud of it and you did your best (at 17 years old!) and you got a film released in theaters and on Blu-ray you would (and should) be proud. No matter what other people thought of it. Look, if you don't like it, fine, don't watch it. Just don't put her down because you are jealous or bitter for whatever reason. Harry helping to promote her is just him being excited for one of us making it to the next level. People usually promote THEMSELVES. He is promoting someone else. No one would put someone else down for promoting themselves by having their own website or showing off their work, right? People do it all the time when they want to stay in business. Harry helping her out seems to bother you. The only conclusion I can make is that either you think something is wrong with that, or you wish it was you and therefore (because it isn't) you are pissed off. People used to be happy for another geek being born into the world and going off and creating. Now they are just petty and bitter.

  • How do they know we'll still be using those formats in 90 years?

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Not my cup of tea, but kudos to the girl who made it!

    by RedJester

    I would have killed to have had the resources to make a film as a kid.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Your work history, poopenstein...

    by rendertwit

    ...did it start at 15 years old? Did you make your third (whatever the hell you make) by 18 years old? If you did, show it to the world and then see how much you appreciate people putting it down. People have to start somewhere, and if kids are told they are shit by people like you, they will believe it. Maybe you were told your work was shit, and that is why it seems normal to you? Especially if you were told that from an early age. Who knows, but either way, it is the right thing to praise people like Emily for what they are doing, and the wrong thing to do what people like you are doing. If you don't like her work, I am sure there are a 1,000 other things you could watch instead. You of course have every right to your opinion, and to voice it, but have some respect in how you voice it, especially about people who strive for artistic merit (even if you don't believe they have achieved it).

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    redjester has exactly the right attitude

    by rendertwit

    unstoppablepoopenstein and olddicklemon, not so much.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite things we've done this year

    by Mike J

    Would you care to name another positive thing you've done this year, Monty? Like fixing this website for example? Like mending the interface that has been been so broken for years that you cannot even use inverted commas in a TalkBack without your post being deleted? Or getting reviewers to be a bit more transparent so we know when we are being shovelled all sorts of bullshit paid-for puff pieces. Or just i proving the quality, generally, of the reviews and articles written by Knowles and co? Or, you, know, just any of the things you promised you would be trying to implelent back in February this year, none of which - not a single one - have actually materialised. So what is the excuse this time? I'm sure we will either get the usual bullshit (top secret things you cannot possibly tell us is your usual escape route, I believe) or you will simply take the option of not responding at all. I rarely ever bother coming to AICN any more - frankly because it is so bad - and whilst I do not doubt for a moment at my own asbsence here goes totally unnoticed, you must have seen the other people dropping away in the last 6 months, people who would make valid and interesting contributions to Talk Backs, who, like me, can't be botherd an more because Knowles is too busy doiing his ego trip, childish videos to worry about the readers here. I actually had a lot of faith in the case you pleaded back in February and gave you my total support, as did other TB's far worthier and more interesting than I. But ultimtaley you proved to be as full of bullshit as your idiot boss Knowles. AICN is now beyond redemption. Its gone from being a great site to a shit one and it will never, ever recover whilst it is run by an idiot like Harry Knowles and staffed by sycophants like you. Byeeeeeeee.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I think you have to judge her relative to her peers.

    by FluffyUnbound

    If my 6 year old wrote a 300,000 word sci-fi novel in the style of Charles Stross, and it was kinda derivative in plot terms but was recognizably a NOVEL, that would be pretty fucking awesome for a 6 year old. So if a 15 year old makes a 90 minute film that's on the level of PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE, that's pretty incredible. It's pretty hard to make a 10 minute film on even that low level. Other 15 year old kids are doing Rage Comix.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Judge her by her output...

    by OldDickLemon

    Screw how old she is. Christ, her age is one of the only reasons we have even heard of her (that and more so the fact that the great pumpkin wants to stick his dick in her (once he finds it of course). Where's the coverage of Natural Selection? That's the film that ran the table at the SXSW Festival that this film was allegedly the darling of. Where does that festival occur again? Oh yeah Austin. So fat boy uses his pull to get a girl he's trying to nail's movie into a festival, it fails to make a peep there, so now he throws pre-release screenings before this pile of shit goes straight to the bargain bin. Yay for this kid getting dumb people to fund her shitty movies. The reaction is not to her or whether she's a good film maker or not (she's not), it's to the ridiculous tub of goo that runs this site that craps on films like Toy Story 3, Inception and Dark Knight Rises but can't stop singing the praises of this kid and her shitty movies because he's got a vested interest (either financial or hopeful she'll touch his schmeckle) He's an embarrassing sell out.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    And you aren't an

    by rendertwit

    embarrassing excuse for a human being? It sounds like you are jealous, and more and more the thing you sound jealous of is getting someone (anyone) to touch your "schmeckle". If you disagree with Harry's reviews, write one of your own that will counter it. Get it published here, or better yet (since it is so easy) make your own site and publish it there. That way a bunch of olddicklemons can disagree with you and bitch about how they could do it better, about how everyone (except them) is an idiot. That would be fun to watch, not like this, which is just sad, and lame.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    jeez, she can't be judged auteur or hack yet!

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    The most that can be said of her is that she has maneuvered herself into a pretty visible position to gain entree into the studio system or is strong-willed and clever enough to build a career outside of it if she so chooses. That, to me, is rather awesome, regardless of the quality or subjective merits of these early efforts.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Here's what Steven Fucking Spielberg was doing at 15

    by FluffyUnbound Hey, I know! Let's judge this film as if it were a 1961 studio project. This Spielberg guy is a fucking hack.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Nice job finding that.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Do they screen good films or just independent crap?

    by Jason Bartlett

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Just independent crap

    by OldDickLemon

  • If you're going to advertise this like it's a real movie then I'm going to rate it against real movies. It's horrible.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by OldDickLemon

    Toss up free on the web and we can all go "oh how cute, a little girl made a movie" but you start pimping like a genuine feature film and it deserves appropriate scrutiny.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but what about good taste?

    by rendertwit

    I guess it went out the window when people like olddicklemon start implying that Harry was looking to get oral sex from a 19 year old in exchange for promoting a movie. You realize we are talking about a teenager, correct? When you set aside the disagreement we have about the movie, you would think (or hope) that you would have the decency to at least change how you say things because we are talking about a teenager. But no, because we can't "grade on a curve", we also can't change how vile what we write is, huh?

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    If you can't tell that fat boy is the one being disparaged...

    by OldDickLemon

    Then you are as dumb as you are hypersensitive. 19 is hardly a baby.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I am not hypersensitive,

    by rendertwit

    I just have respect for women and children.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    You treat them differently....

    by OldDickLemon

    Which is just as disrespectful, and perhaps even more so.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    First, you make no sense. Treat them differently from WHOM? Second, less disrespectful than what you did by suggesting (publicly) that a 40 year old married man wants oral sex from a 19 year old who he has known since she was 14? Wow, you are as clueless as you are crude.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    Since I am an adult male, I say "women and children". If I was female, I would say "men and Children". I imply that I respect men, too, since I am one. Perhaps I made a mistake in how I wrote that, but my point is the same. If you talk like you and olddicklemon do in a public forum, you have little respect for ANYONE (happy?). If Harry write things like you suggest, I would be just as annoyed at him for that. I am not a Harry defender (or apologist), just in THIS situation I didn't see the harm in what HE was doing by being excited for Emily and the films she is trying to make, and I did see the harm in what YOU and OLDDICKLEMON were doing by implying that sex was the motivating factor for Harry being happy for Emily. Anything wrong with being annoyed that someone was being accused of that, even if I don't agree with everything Harry does? No, there isn't. In fact, it proves to be a better way of living when you can accept people for their faults and praise them for their strengths. That is what we should be doing for EVERYONE (yes, I mean men, too, not just women and children).

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    It's adorable how upset you're getting...

    by OldDickLemon

    I hereby renounce your ability to ever refer to yourself as a "man".

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    PS-Harry isn't "happy" for Emily....

    by OldDickLemon

    He's pimping her. Incredibly different things, and as a viewer of this website, I have ever right to reject it.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    You also have every right to not visit the site. It always amazes me how many talkbackers show up to just say how much they hate this site or the people who run the site, or the things the people who run the site do (or say, or write, or stand for, or don't stand for). If you don't like it here, why do you stay?

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by rendertwit

    is that how you would describe that? Then that is how it would be described for every film AICN covers with a positive review or a screening. You seem to not mind it when you agree with what is being pimped. You just seem to object to it in this case because you don't agree that what he is "pimping" is worthy of it.

  • Aug. 9, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    It's a fine little site...

    by OldDickLemon

    It just so happens the fat pile of crap that runs it is a moron with shit taste in movies and is more concerned with pushing his own "pet projects" than having any credibility as a reviewer. Yes, pimping, you clearly don't know the story behind this girl and her "films" that you so aggressively defend. Read up a bit before you so errantly assume this is nothing more than a "positive review". Dope.

  • Aug. 9, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    OK, we can just agree to disagree

    by rendertwit

    I appreciate what you think about the situation, and perhaps you are right about Harry's role in promoting her. I don't know for sure, but to me it doesn't matter, because the thing that I liked was that she was trying to do the best job she can at this fairly young age. You may not like the final product, and that is your right. As for myself, I would promote her, if I was in the position to do so, because I was in her situation as a young filmmaker and I know how hard it can be. I didn't take it to the level she has, she kept pushing herself to be better. True, she has more technology at her fingertips than I did, but she also has more drive to keep pushing herself. Again, to me it didn't matter as much what the final outcome is/was of her films as much as the fact that she is doggedly pursuing her dreams in a way that many often don't. In fact, she is to be possibly even more praised for that as compared to her peers, who also have access to all the tech you could want. She keeps at it, she gets better each time, and she will someday be judged on par with studio films. I just don't think that is necessary right now, as she is still learning and growing in the business. I know you and unstoppablepoopenstein want her films to be compared to other films Harry promotes (studio films, independents, etc.), but I don't. I never thought that was required to just be happy for someone and impressed by what they have accomplished. Not talking about Harry, just myself.