The film is adapted from the first novel of the NY Times bestselling book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It follows small-town Southern girl and outcast Lena (Englert, who is Aussie director Jane Campion's daughter and can also be seen in "Ginger & Rosa") as she approaches her 16th birthday, unsure of how her family's dark curse will manifest. Her cousin, Ridley (Emmy Rossum), has some sirenized eyes to show for her 16th birthday. Meanwhile, Lena falls in love with Ethan (Ehrenrich, best known from "Tetro"), who tries to protect her as the curse grows near. Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Annette Benning also star.
Visually the film owes something to Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," with plenty of kooky-Goth manse interiors, minus the '70s satirizing. The romantic angle in "Beautiful Creatures" is tapping "Twilight," but so much of the latter's success was owed to audience's rapture with the three leads. Whether Englert and Ehrenrich will set the world on fire, as the Stewart-Pattinson-Lautner trifecta did, is a major question.