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First clip from Neil Jordan's vampire pic Byzantium starring Saoirse Ronan

09.07.2012
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Director Neil Jordan has tackled vampires before with the adaptation of Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, but now he's taking a different approach to the bloodsuckers with BYZANTIUM, a much smaller-scale story that focuses on a mother-daughter vampire team on the run.  Starring Saoirse Ronan, Johnny Lee Miller, Gemma Arterton, Warren Brown, and Sam Riley, the film is about to premiere at TIFF, but today we have our first clip from the gothic pic.

Have a taste:

My opinion on the vampire genre has been exposed and I think this looks much more intriguing than the pretty/emo vampires we've seen of late.  If anything, this clip is pretty creepy and shows the potential of the film to trek into some darker territory within the vampire mythology.  The very last thing we need is another "hugs n' kisses" vampire pic.

Here's the synopsis:

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

BYZANTIUM is set to debut at TIFF with a release date soon to follow.  Stay tuned.

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Extra Tidbit: Saoirse Ronan is one of the most compelling young actresses working today. I suspect we will see many a great performance from her in the future.
Source: Empire

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2:40AM on 09/12/2012
I remember thinking that Saoirse Ronan would've been perfect as Eli in the remake of Let the Right One In, so I'm totally on board with this.

Also, something I feel should be pointed out: in Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula could walk around in the sunlight fine. The only downside was that his supernatural powers were weakened. His powers were strongest at sunset OR sunrise (which makes it ironic that in nearly every movie where he's killed by sunlight, it's usually a sunrise). In other
I remember thinking that Saoirse Ronan would've been perfect as Eli in the remake of Let the Right One In, so I'm totally on board with this.

Also, something I feel should be pointed out: in Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula could walk around in the sunlight fine. The only downside was that his supernatural powers were weakened. His powers were strongest at sunset OR sunrise (which makes it ironic that in nearly every movie where he's killed by sunlight, it's usually a sunrise). In other words, sunlight impervious vampires are actually *more* traditional than their night-trapped cousins.
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11:47AM on 09/08/2012

I like what I see so far

When it comes to vampire lore, I do think that (in the vampire world) exceptions could be made for vampires who don't actually get direct sun exposure. Hell, Blade had 'em wearing sun-block.
As to the notion that there aren't enough vampire movies: Twiliight, Underworld, and Fright Night, just to name a few. Then there's the TV offerings, True Blood and Vampire DIaries. I still argue that they are among the more fascinating creatures of the night, and just because one franchise does a grievous
When it comes to vampire lore, I do think that (in the vampire world) exceptions could be made for vampires who don't actually get direct sun exposure. Hell, Blade had 'em wearing sun-block.
As to the notion that there aren't enough vampire movies: Twiliight, Underworld, and Fright Night, just to name a few. Then there's the TV offerings, True Blood and Vampire DIaries. I still argue that they are among the more fascinating creatures of the night, and just because one franchise does a grievous injustice, it shouldn't be held against the rest.
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5:02PM on 09/07/2012
I usually skip everything for interesting projects/movies, but this time I just have watch everything being released. So can't wait. Finally a good / serious vampire movie again.

Never get when people say something like "uuh, vampires are in now" or "yet another vampire flick".. uhm, what? we have way too few vampire movies. I just don't get it actually how few movies there are. Vampires are the most popular fictional characters and yet there is almost nothing. So, the more the
I usually skip everything for interesting projects/movies, but this time I just have watch everything being released. So can't wait. Finally a good / serious vampire movie again.

Never get when people say something like "uuh, vampires are in now" or "yet another vampire flick".. uhm, what? we have way too few vampire movies. I just don't get it actually how few movies there are. Vampires are the most popular fictional characters and yet there is almost nothing. So, the more the better.
Anyway, looks great (the obligatory crap "digital look" aside, but that's what modern film will be like). Can't wait for the trailer.
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2:41PM on 09/07/2012

sorry

sorry about all these posts, wish i could delete them
sorry about all these posts, wish i could delete them
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2:33PM on 09/07/2012

sooo...

vampires just can't be bothered by the sun these days?
vampires just can't be bothered by the sun these days?
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2:20PM on 09/07/2012

sooo...

vampires just can't be bothered by the sun these days?
vampires just can't be bothered by the sun these days?
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2:12PM on 09/07/2012

sooo...

vampires just can't be bothered by the sun these days?
vampires just can't be bothered by the sun these days?
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