Movies opening Friday include teen vampires, Simon Pegg and L.A. 'Cavemen'

  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 1:40 PM
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Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Sarah Hyland in “Vampire Academy.”

mean girls who bite

Welcome to this week’s episode of “We Can’t Understand Why They Didn’t Believe in These Movies Enough to Screen Them for Review.” In “Vampire Academy” (PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language) the mean girls really bite. Zoey Deutch, daughter of Minnesota-bred actress Lea Thompson, leads a cast that includes Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”). The estimable Simon Pegg has the lead in another castoff,A Fantastic Fear of Everything” (R for language, Parkway). In this low-budget British entry, he plays a children’s author-turned-crime novelist whose research into the lives of Victorian serial killers turns him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. Then there’s “Cavemen” (unrated, Eden Prairie), a comedy concerning a quartet of L.A. men and their hookups. Dean (Skylar Astin) lives with his trio of male friends, including the unrepentant player, Jay (Chad Michael Murray), in a large loft called … you guessed it … “The Cave.” COLIN COVERT

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