Although the movie did not perform very well at the worldwide box office ($15,391,979 against a $30 million budget) director Mark Waters was eager to give the franchise a second chance in the form of a sequel (Vampire Academy: Frostbite). Studio Preger Entertainment agreed to fund the film on the condition that Mark Waters could get fans to raise the necessary $1.5 million on their own in proof of their support of the film. An indiegogo campaign was started and ran from August 2014 to September 2014. Fans were only able to raise $254,500 by the end of the month, thus leading to Preger Entertainment canceling plans for a sequel.
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.
The Weinstein Company, the North American distributors for the film, held a competition for fans where the winner would be able to visit the set in London and meet the cast as part of the promotion for the film.
The line "Whoa, Ducky, I do not have time to deal with your feelings right now," is a reference to the movie Pretty in Pink (1986). Zoey Deutch's father, Howard Deutch collaborated with John Hughes on the same movie.
At one point in the film Rose (Zoey Deutch) calls Mason (Cameron Monaghan) Duckie, which is a reference to the movie "Pretty in Pink." Zoey's father, Howard Deutch was the director of "Pretty in Pink."
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
After Rose Hathaway sedates Headmistress Kirova, before saving Lissa Dragomir, Kirova says, "I could have been a model. A man in Milan gave me his card when I was 16." Kirova was played by Olga Kurylenko who was a model and began her career in Paris at age 16.
In Headmistress Kirova's office, a binder labeled "Nagy" is visible. In the book, Mr. Nagy was Rose and Lissa's Slavic art teacher who read the note aloud in class. He was later killed by Natalie when she turned Strigoi (she kills Ray in the movie).