A couple friends and I went this past Friday to see the new vampire flick “Daybreakers” with Ethan Hawke. If you are a fan of ‘real’ vamps and not the Cullen-type vamps this movie is definitely for you!
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.
I’ve been really jumpy lately – so I got started and shrieked like a little girl a few times.
I really thought it was neat how the city was structured around the fact that the majority of the population are vampires. The underground walkway, the black out windows and the “day light driving” cars that are completely enclosed and give the driver a view via cameras attached to the outside of the car. Keep your eye out for a SWEET vintage Trans-Am suitable for “daylight driving.”
One repeat in this story was there is a vampire (Ethan Hawke) who doesn’t want to feed on humans. Viewers learn that if a vampire doesn’t feed on human blood – after awhile they will morph into a snarly, nasty critter that will attack anyone and anything in order to survive. The “sub-siders” as they are called even feed off themselves if needed.
The awfully sad part of the movie was when the sub-siders are ordered to be put to death due to ever increasing attacks from them on the “normal” vampires. This is a pretty pivotal part of the movie though.
The climax of the movie includes a HUGE feeding frenzy which is incredibly gross but sorta awesome too. The gore in the movie is more of the outlandish “comic book” type and less like the “realistic” gore as seen in movies like the remakes of “Dawn of the Dead” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” – both of which screwed with my head for years afterwards.
- Ethan Hawke as Edward Dalton
- Willem Dafoe as Lionel “Elvis” Cormac
- Claudia Karvan as Audrey Bennett
- Sam Neill as Charles Bromley
- Michael Dorman as Frankie Dalton
- Isabel Lucas as Alison Bromley
- Vince Colosimo as Christopher Caruso
In its opening weekend in the United States, Daybreakers opened at #4 behind Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel with $15,146,692 totaling $26,544,952. In its second week it dropped to #11 making another 5,185,554 dollars. In its third week it dropped to #14, making another $1,600,000. [from Wikipedia].
My friends and I (three girls including me and a boy) liked the movie a lot. Go see it if you like good vampy horror films!