I AM not one who has jumped on the whole Twilight bandwagon. In fact, I won’t be too upset if I go through the rest of my life without ever seeing the film I’m led to believe is about horny teenage vampires. Talk about over exposure. I’m just over it.
Got nothing against those creatures of the blood-sucking variety though, and one movie I will definitely be viewing as soon as possible is Daybreakers.
The synopsis goes like this … In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. But, faced with a dwindling blood supply of farmed humans, the fractured dominant race plots their survival. Meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to regenerate humankind and take back the planet.
Watch the new trailer below to see for yourself how kick-ass the film looks. Unfortunately it’s not due to hit cinemas until January 2010. Now that sucks.
Certainly, there’s a variety of films Daybreakers has borrowed from – I Am Legend for one – but what vampire film hasn’t borrowed from a classic like Bram Stoker’s Dracula? I can think of one … (Twilight).
Adding to the interest is the fact the film is predominantly an Australian production. I found this out after I saw the very slick preview and was surprised.
The film was written and directed by The Spierig Brothers, Michael and Peter, the guys who brought us odd albeit under-rated Australian horror/sci-fi Unbead (2003).
Filmed in late 2007 at Warner Roadshow Studios in Brisbane, it cost $21-million to make, with backing from a variety of sources, including the State Government, with Lionsgate chipping in to distribute the movie in the big markets of the US and UK.
Producer Chris Brown told the Gold Coast Bulletin in 2007, “It’s very big and incredibly stylish.”
“It’s the first Australian horror scientific fiction movie we’ve made in a very long time and it will help us make more Australian films of a bigger budget
“We don’t just want the United States over here making big budget films, we want to make them ourselves too.”
The cast is headed by Americans Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Gattaca) and Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man), with Aussies Sam ‘Yeah, he’s really a Kiwi’ Neill (Jurassic Park, Event Horizon), Vince Colosimo (Lantana, Chopper), Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2) and Claudia Karvan (The Big Steal, The Heartbreak Kid) co-starring.