Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vampire Weekend

Had seen I Thirst earlier, there's no question it would have made my twenty-five of the decade horror list. It's a thriller, horror and dark romance all seamlessly stitched together. A priest becomes infected with a bizarre virus that gives him an insatiable thirst for blood... among other things. A desperate housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage. Sparks -- er, blood flies when they cross paths. Think Let The Right One In with grown-ups. If you've seen Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, you know that he can go to some pretty dark places, so be warned. Still, it's good to see all these horror imports with complex characters.

Daybreakers is a slick sci-fi/horror film that sometimes feels a bit hindered by its modest twenty-something million dollar budget. The global vampire domination premise does sound like something from a discarded Blade script, but the likes of Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill help keep the story grounded. Decent effects and action -- especially when you consider the budget. The (Blu-Ray) DVD promises cool extras like a feature-length documentary, so that might be worth checking out.

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