Vampires, eh? They're one of horror's most persistent monsters, in fact there's rarely a year that goes by without someone trying to add something new to the blood-sucking mythos.
Whether it be Romero's re-interpretation of the vampire legend with Martin, Tony Scott's sexually charged The Hunger, Jordan's Interview with a Vampire, Bigelow's Vampire Western Near Dark or del Toro's bizarre Cronos, it seems that film-makers are always willing to sink their teeth into a vampire flick.
And now it seems the team behind the hugely entertaining Undead (see our Zombie Club for our review) have finally got the go ahead for their next project called Daybreakers, and guess what? It's a vampire movie.
Writer / Directors Peter and Michael Spierig have had their horror script picked up at the AFM by Lions Gate, which is great news as these plucky antipodean's now may get the chance to show off what they promised with their low-budget debut.
With a logline of "DAYBREAKERS explores a near-future world conquered by vampires, where a small band of humans are fighting to bring back humankind", the film sounds slightly similar to Romero's Land of the Dead with vampires replacing zombies as the baddies.
Yet the full story is a lot more interesting. Set in a future where vampires have become top of the food chain, they suddenly find that their food source is becoming increasingly scarce. These aren't monster vampires though, more like middle-class suburban families, and as the food supply (i.e. us humans) dwindles, the vampires begin to starve and get a little crazy. Daybreakers will focus on two vampire brothers caught up in the middle of this parallel universe (a little like the abandoned Blade 3 premise then).
Apparently this is more of a realistic and serious tone, rather than a tongue-in-cheek spoof, but bearing in mind what these guys achieved with Undead and it's fair to say that this film promises so much.
Finger crossed that Lions Gate give them all the support they need.
25th Oct 04 Fires blaze uncontrollably as smoke billows from damaged buildings while sirens wail indiscriminately over the screams of the living as they run for their lives, pursued at break-neck pace by the recently deceased.