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Capone says DAYBREAKERS reminds us that real vampires have fangs and don't sparkle!!!

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here. It's no secret that the world is being bombarded with vampire movies and TV shows. The best of the recent crop is Sweden's LET THE RIGHT ONE IN; there's no debating that. It's a fact, so shut up. But I put to you that coming in at a close second is this week's DAYBREAKERS, a science-fiction terror film with a deep subtext about exploiting natural resources and human greed. Rightfully and blessedly so, the film also features nasty monsters, gore galore (both thanks to WETA Workshop), and an exceptional cast of actors, led by Ethan Hawke as a blood researcher and reluctant vampire (he refuses to drink human blood) determined to find a blood substitute before the human blood supply runs out in a world dominated by vampires. Written and directed by The Spierig Brothers (Undead), the movie has a style, look, and sense of future place that is so complete and well thought out, my only complaint about DAYBREAKERS is that it's too short; I wanted more of this fascinating world that functions almost exclusively at night. During the day, small pockets of free humans roam the earth essentially doing nothing more than finding new and better places to hide from the military, whose sole purpose in this time of diminishing natural resources (i.e., human blood) is to track down humans and turn them over to companies like the one owned by Hawke's boss, played with eccentric menace by Sam Neill, to farm their blood for as long as they can be kept alive. Some less than scrupulous vamps have taken to feeding on each other, which leads to some truly nasty, primal consequences. What I love about the film is that it makes it clear that just because we have all become vampires doesn't make us any smarter or less greedy; it just makes us immortal. Much like works such as DARK CITY, the retro atmosphere of DAYBREAKERS makes the steely gray world of vampires all the more timeless and noir-ish, especially in contrast to the daylight human world full of color and warmth. Hawke's stance on drinking human blood and the fact that he was "turned" against his will by his soldier brother make him a prime target of the humans to help them with a little experiment that their leader Elvis (a swaggering Willem Dafoe) devised to solve everybody's problems. But many of the upper-echelon vampires (including Neill) who have access to the remaining blood supply don't see the need for a cure for their condition, and it doesn't take long for Hawke to realize what his true mission in life needs to be. DAYBREAKERS never stopped impressing me with its fully realized alternate reality, everything from coffee served with blood instead of milk to the customized cars that vampires can drive during the day to the truly gruesome glimpses of what exactly a human-blood farm would look like. The scenes with the humans aren't quite as interesting, and maybe seem a bit too cookie-cutter renegade/living-underground outcast that we've seen in other movies. Thankfully, Dafoe is on hand to erase all of our concerns and give us yet another studied, badass performance--the perfect blending of stone-cold warrior and easy-going charmer. He's a great counterpoint to Hawke's somber, reflective character, who may be one of the few vampires who truly sees the world for what it is and understands that human nature hasn't changed just because the world's inhabitants now have fangs. The carefully constructed environments that are both very much like our world (this film is only set 10 years in the future) and vampire world reminded me a lot of what writer-director Andrew Niccol did 12 years ago with GATTACA, also featuring Hawke. If I could flaw the film for anything, it's being too short in its running time (under 100 minutes). I wanted to see more of this other vamp-centric world, but the fact that I was so engrossed in Daybreakers to the point where I wanted an extra 20 minutes in the middle somewhere speaks volume as to its power and ability to draw me in and make me invested in their characters and their way of living/unliving. I also passionately love that this is an original screenplay from The Spierig Brothers; the world needs more original horror, end of story. They manage to incorporate a good deal of traditional vampire lore in a story that stays far away from the Gothic, dreamy, romantic type storytelling that his poisoned the vampire well of late. I'm sorry, but I like my vampire with fangs, ripping throats, and transforming into giant bat-like creatures. And no fucking sparkling. Support DAYBREAKERS as quality horror and forget that it's a vampire movie; it's actually much more than just a vampire film, and I love it for everything it accomplishes in furthering the genre.
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  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Going to see this on Monday

    by alan_poon

    I've been waiting sooooo long for this.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    When he plays vampire baseball, does he get picked last?

    by Royston Lodge

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Thirst > Let the Right One In

    by chaplinatemyshoe


  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Sam Neill

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Will watch anything with him in.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Fucking Twilight

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    This is a breath of fresh air.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Great to see that you loved it, Capone

    by Marksman230591

    Looking forward to seeing this flick. Vampires NEED to be rescued after the atrocities that were done to them by the Twilight films. Good thing we're getting The Wolfman in February too :)

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    And favorable comparisons with Gattaca - I'm there!

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Tragically underappreciated Gattaca ... sigh. <p> A bit underwhelmed by 'Thirty Days of Night' but willing to give grungy vampire movie another shot.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    In a world... where HOT TOPIC makes all the clothes!

    by turketron_2

    The real result of the population consisting entirely of vampires!

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    I'm going to shovel the snow off my car just to see this!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I've been looking forward to this film, and Massawyrm's early review that said it's basically a John Carpenter style flick cemented my desire to see it. I know it won't score big at the box-office in the post holiday dumping season, but I hope it finds its audience.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    "Romantic" vamps are okay, if done right

    by frozen01

    I guess "sympathetic" is a better word than "romantic", but you get the idea. <p>Look at Lestat. He never once turned into a bat (I've always found the shapeshifting thing to be the least appealing feature of the vampire mythos) but he reveled in his vampire nature and never shied from the blood and gore. I think that's my favorite type of blood-drinker... the one that is simultaneously appealing and yet still (perhaps psychologcially) scary as all hell, somewhat like how a tiger is beautiful to look at but you'd never want to be in the jungle with one. That's why Twilight fails as a vampire story... its vampires are not scary on ANY level, even when Meyer tried to play the whole "scary under the surface" thing (as in, they can snap at any moment). They're kittens, not tigers. <p>I do have to say, my love of "sympathetic" vampires aside, you have made me very interested in seeing this movie now. By the way, I have seen exactly ZERO advertising, despite the fact that it's already playing... what's up with that?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I've wanted to see this since the first early reviews

    by turketron_2

    From a few months ago. Glad that it's finally out, but no one that I know even knows about it.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by jackknifed_juggernaut


  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Let the Right One In

    by frozen01

    can't even be compared to most other vampire films. It's not that it's better than them, it's just on ANOTHER PLAIN entirely.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Sorry, PLANE

    by frozen01

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Exactly! Like I said, ZERO advertisement. In fact, I didn't even know it was out until I was checking out the showtimes for Avatar a couple of days ago. My butt will be in the seat for pretty much any vampire flick that doesn't have "Twilight" in the title anyways, but now I'm really excited to see it.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    oh, and you totally sold me on this film, Capone

    by jackknifed_juggernaut

    i usually know whether or not i'm going to see a particular film by the time it's out, and i was actually on the "or not" side of things with this one. but this review now has me excited to give it a look. good job.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I KNEW this was going to be good.

    by Vesuvio

    Eli's already dismembered Twilight faggots and used their members to anally violate them.<p> Now Daybreakers is coming to cream all the bloated corpses of that BITCH and the slut he does not fuck and/or suck the blood from.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Will the neo-cons attack this, the way they

    by V'Shael

    attacked Avatar? For having a hidden green environmentalist message? Where the military are the bad guys? <p> Or was it just the plants and vegetation which got their blood boiling? And a movie with gory vampires is just a-okay? <p> I'm really curious to find out...

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Eco-friendly? Cross this off my list.

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Oh wait - like I give a shit.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The Daybreakers "universe" sounds like it would

    by AvaStar

    make an awesome open world sandbox video game.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    if he can get along without human blood ...

    by brotherbradshaw

    ...why can't the other vampires? Is this explained in the movie?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by Shoegeezer

    What about Thirst? I enjoyed Daybreakers but it is nowhere near as stunning as Thirst.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by Vesuvio

    From what I could get from the trailers, the other vampires don't want to.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    let the right one in

    by Bouncy X

    that movie bored the hell outta me. i did like the girl, she had a nice mix of mysterious and weird but yeah, i dont get the love for it. and i'm seeing tv spots for this all the time so nice to see its not being thrown out there with no care.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    daybreakers backstory?

    by gcodori

    Do they explain how everyone gets changed so quickly/completely? Is it because of a virus that most people get changed and that there is no resistance? I'm sure they gloss over it in the movie. Even if 99% of the world gets changed, that leave SOME survivors with the ability to start staking hearts as soon as the sun goes up. This idea would have made a better tv series exploring the conflict that would have occurred. Like if I AM LEGEND had more than one survivor in each city wreaking havoc. Especially early on in the breakout before the vamps have more specialized equipment for hunting in the day.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    No the neo-cons won't. Because they are stupid to figure out the subtext in the film. That or their pastor will tell them not to see such a film.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Why the hate for Neo-cons?

    by gun_will_travel

    Because in truth, the reason people love vampire movies is that they wish they were like vampiric neo-cons themselves. I'm more of a classic con than a neo-con, but I'll be there watching the movie, and so will my tree-hugging pastor, who is keenly aware of the not-so-subtle subtext. But we'll actually be enjoying the film, instead of taking notes for pompous missives on people with different ideologies.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I hope you didn't like Undead...

    by braddavery

    Because that would deem this review meaningless. That movie was one of the biggest talked-up piles of shit I have seen.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Excuse me - this Neo-con don't buy the Jesus bullshit

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Referring to "pastors" makes me think, quite frankly, of the other side of the aisle.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    If Hawke is a vampire and doesn't...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...drink human blood and the plot of the movie is they're running out of humans for blood then what is Hawke drinking that's keeping him alive?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    Yeah I guess I have the same question as you.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    @Sailor Rip : For blood, think ...

    by V'Shael

    Oil, maybe? <p> In our world, with no oil, sure, the species may not die out, but its a world changing ending. <p> Whatever Ethan is drinking, the other vampires could do that too, I guess. But it's a world changing thing. Like if all the cattle/pigs died, and we all had to become vegetarian, maybe?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by schadenfreudian

    suffered from pacing problems... it could have used a 20 minute or so trim. But the sequence at the end was magnificent.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    At first I wanted to hate this, but the trailers are just GOOD.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Key to good trailer - hire Willem Dafoe. Hand him a weapon. Have him say virtually anything. Cut.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I hope this is good

    by Series7

    I was underwhelmed with Undead, but I saw a lot of potential. <P> The Placebo cover in the trailer had me sold though.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I saw this on Monday night at the Chicago screening...

    by thesinofthesky

    It was meh. Seriously- Matrix Reloaded levels of meh. I will say that it has the visual effects going for it (the Subsiders are damned creepy looking), as well the amazing level of detail that went into creating a world populated by vampires. It feels like a living, breathing, functional world. That being said,I think it needed about twenty more minutes, a more experienced director (Cronenberg would've done AMAZING things with this), and a more polished script. Too many things felt incomplete and not fleshed out enough, and the writers telegraphed the twist. All in all, it was an underwhelming experience.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    2010 The year we get real vampires

    by HarryBlackPotter

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    A lot of dark movies coming out... I like it...

    by Mrhazard

    Daybreakers, Book of Eli, Legion... All look interesting... Got good casts, etc... 2010 looking good so far...

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by emteem

    I've never seen a Twilight film, and I currently have no plans to, but man do I love how much it seems to threaten most of you. That shit is gold!

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    daybreakers wearables

    by mediawhorista

    movie sounds sweet - can't wait. passing on the info for Daybreakers merch cuz i found some sik daybreakers hoodies nstuff at

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Book of Eli

    by FluffyUnbound

    I have been attempting to find out what this is about. Is the book a science book, that tells how to solve the environmental problem, or is it the Bible? Because if it's the Bible and would make people moral again or some such nonsense I am, of course, not seeing the movie. Anyone know?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Sold! Seeing it this weekend.

    by Yeti

    But the use of colour tio establish mood and set tone is nothing new. For example, Smallvilles been doing it for years.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    GROAN! Answered my own Book of Eli question.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Yup, according to Wikipedia Eli has the world's last Bible which is going to save the world by making society better. Because naturally it's done a great job at that so far, right?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    saw it on wednesday

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    it's a good movie. a few more tweaks and it could have been a new series in the vein of blade. not quite enough action for that. the sub siders were cool tho

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    agree about the extra time capone

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    i think that would have taken the film into the realm of a great film. under the proviso that the extra footage was good, obviously. it had a good score unlike undead and they did really well creating a world and mythology for the characters to inhabit, not an easy task. i just wish we could have seen more. it doesn't lend itself to an obvious sequel. maybe a prequel of the civil war.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Nice triple threat: Daybreakers,Eli and Legion

    by Stalkeye

    I'm sold!

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Speaking of other Monster/Genre/Reiventing movies

    by PoutineForEveryone

    Anyone know what's going on with World War Z? I loved that book and I expect it to do for zombies what Daybreakers will do for vampires.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Didn't World War Z go into turnaround?

    by FluffyUnbound

    I thought I heard that somewhere.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    The Book of Eli would be great only if it ends with

    by PoutineForEveryone

    a remake of the gunfight sequence at the end of The Good and the Bad, and the Ugly. Eli's got the Bible, a dude with the Koran, and a dude with the Torah. Meanwhile, down the road a community which has the collected works of Dr. Suess has already rediscovered farming, education, commerce, health care, arts, utilities, sanitation,, etc.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    So...never did get an answer on this...are the vamps

    by ravenloff

    ...all white while the remaining humans are a hodge-podge, multi-culti, diversity billboard? If so, even given the Gattica/Dark City pedigree (if it's in fact true that it shares with those films), I will find it hard to sit through. I just can't handle any more PC bullshit in my sci-fi.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    just got back from watching it

    by MC-909

    I went to see it because I was interested in what the Speirig brothers could do with a modest budget. I thought Undead was stupid but considering they only had 1mil to make it with, I guess it was all right. <p> Daybreakers sucks. Sorry. Dafoe, Hawke, and Neill are top-notch. The problem is they are better than the movie itself. They are above it. The "amount of detail" that went into "creating this world" was nothing but lazy and lame. Blood instead of milk/wine/whatever? Wow. Real creative. <p> The biggest thing holding this back from being a fun, cool, or even good movie, is how incredibly cheap it is. Everything from the props down to the "set design" is cheap as hell. Seriously...Ethan Hawks drives a Chrysler 300 in the year 2019...fine. But how do they make it futuristic? The put solid steel hubcaps on and make it sound like an RC car from Radio Shack. The action is very stilted and nowhere near enough to go around. Dafoe is really fun to watch though. As is Sam Neill. <P> And Ravenloff, as far as I can remember, there was one black guy in the whole movie. He managed to get about three minutes of screen time and decided to spend it acting as badly as possible. 5/10

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    oh, and Ravenloff...

    by MC-909

    Now that I think about it...yes. All the vampires were white and the humans were a hodge-podge of multi-cultural diversity. The movie doesn't really make an issue of it though.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    jackknifed_juggernaut > dickhead

    by quantize

    also fact

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    If you were bored by Let The Right On In

    by quantize

    you need to immediately trade your one minute attention span in for something approximating human intelligence. really.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    were still driving cars from 50 years ago

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    come on mate you've got to do better than that. what have you seen in the last 10 years...gps. what do they have cameras to see out the car. pretty accurate if you ask me

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by MC-909

    I didn't have a problem with him driving an "old" car...I had a problem with how they tried to "futurize" it. Not to mention the Vampires Humvees. It just seemed really lazy to me. <P> The cameras they use to drive during the day look like they were from the 80s. Come on now, you know how small technology is nowadays. Are you telling me that in ten years time technology reverts to big, clunky devices, like the cameras on their cars? Like I said: cheap.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    It's still a low-budget film, MC

    by FluffyUnbound

    If this film was made by the Little Rascals and submitted to Sundance, would you consider the special effects good or bad?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Good. The subsiders were kinda creepy but the steak-through-the-heart effects were a little After Effects-y...Blade did it better. I'd put this film about on par with 30 Days of Night.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Capone...(or anybody who's seen it)

    by cloneomat

    How do they explain the diminishing blood supply? Do they not know that humans make other humans when given half a chance? It'd like running out of hamburgers, right?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    @Cloneomat : You know trees can make other trees, right?

    by V'Shael

    Well, we're still running out of them in a big way, yadda yadda yadda.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 6 p.m. CST


    by cloneomat

    I have no idea if that was a joke or not. Was that from the movie or from you?

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Great Movie

    by Empire1234

    I was at the pre-screening on Monday in Chicago, plus I seen the movie again today. I love the movie. Yes, it may be short but that was most likely a result of the small budget. Even for that small budget, the directors did great things. Hopefully this movie will do very well and we will get a second.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by Shan

    Hope this helps answer your question:

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Ethan Hawke plays Edward!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I just got back from seeing it, and the first thing that struck me as funny was that Ethan Hawke's vampire character was named Edward, and he doesn't shine in the sun like a disco ball. It's a little, modestly budgeted film, which is fine by me. I've had enough $200 million CGI fests recently. I liked it and I think it'll hold up over time in the vampire flick subgenre. The rules regarding vampires are fairly classic here, and the twists that are added are cool. Of course, it does have that George Romero subversive stab at our own modern society: in a world of vampires, people are still the same and they have all the same social problems we have now. The subtext is interesting, but the film is also entertaining and doesn't skimp on action and violence. The scene involving testing the blood substitute on a poor vampire test subject has TWO fucked up shockers in a row that made me spit soda. This film isn't going to rock the world, but there are much worse horror films out there.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    Actually, there are a few vampires of different races seen throughout the movie. One character is a Senator and others can be glimpsed in the background.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    goin' monday

    by frank cotton

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Fangs for the memories...

    by keylimepirate

    Pic can't touch LONG ISLAND GOO SPEW for true intensity!

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Good Film, but for the ending

    by Lang The Cat

    I agree with most of what Capone has said. I saw the film based on this review. However, one thing stands out. The ending is like most films, too simple. In Signs, it was that the aliens were too stupid to wear raincoats. In War of the Worlds, it was the lack of Airborne (TM) or Theraflu (TM). In Star Trek, it usually boils down to shoving a weiner into the warp drive. Here it is nearly that simple and not the result of hard work, simply the luck of the Irish. Add to that how the ending played out and I feel mildly disappointed, cheated by the writers.<br><br> Hopefully this will not be the kind of ending for Book of Eli. If the book is the Bible, the film is trash. If the book is about cooking humans, then nice reference, but again a cheat. If the book is a series of designs that teach people to build self sustaining pumps to draw cold water from the ocean depths to create artificial upwellings, then I would be okay with it (but I did already see it on Planet Green). If the book is the Necronomicon and everyone's soul is eaten by the Nameless One and the Earth ends, I might fall asleep later with a smile on my face thinking of all the money neo-cons would make by selling the stock market short. Okay, the last part is a lie, I never think about neo-cons.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by El_Padrino

    Just watched the movie. It sucked shit. The only thing good involved going old school with the blood and guts. I'm trying to think of an Ethan Hawke movie worth watching and am coming up blank.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I Can't wait....

    by blackflowerX

    I haven't been excited for a film like I am for this in sooo long , I will crawl on my hands and knees through the snow drifts and ice outside my front door to get to the cinema , I'm sure it will be worth the effort.....

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Vampire Science Fiction

    by antonphd

    This is not a fantasy or a horror film. It's straight up old school science fiction. I loved every fucking second. Well, except for the gore, but I don't like gore. I accept that it's part of a vampire story though, so, you know, I take it for what it is. I just don't enjoy it. I hope to fuck that this does well enough to earn a sequel. I'd love to see more of this world. God, I feel like it's science fiction christmas this last year since Star Trek.

  • Jan. 8, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Just Saw it

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    I really liked it, can't wait for the sequel. Totally set up for a trilogy.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    There are no real vampires. Anyway, I like what I have seen so far and when it gets here sometime this late summer, I'll be there.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Ravenloff...why do non-white people need to justify their existe

    by YoyodynePropulsionSystems

    Sorry if you are annoyed by people in movies who aren't white. I saw this movie, and there's a level of goofyness not really explored in many of the reviews, but Defoe was great, and I agree with the review, I felt like there was a solid chunk of stuff from the middle that I was wishing for.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Trailer was kick ass

    by chainsaw_shawn

    Definitely gonna see it on a day off on tuesday!!! Ethan hawke can act his ass off, and who doesnt love william dafoe! this beats the livivng crap outta twilight, which vampires walk though the day. Bullshit!

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by lukestarkiller

    Love the director's prev work, Some interesting set pieces and acting but the goofy, slapsticky tone of the 3rd act put it in the "also ran" catagory....."Let the Right One In' OWNS the recent New Vampire genre....Best (and comparable in quality) to Bigalow's masterpiece "Near Dark". Period...

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    I know it's fashionable to hate UNDEAD...

    by AsimovLives

    ... for some weird strange geek reason that is completly irrational and mystifying (the counterpoint to the love bestowed to such shit as Jar Jar Abrams's SHIT TREK, i guess), but the moment i saw that movie, and ashort movie they made before, i realised this filmmkers, the Spierig Brothers, they are into soemthing. This guys really have the stuff. That DAYBREAKERS turned up to be an interresting and good movie is no suprise for me. Well, it's a pleasant suprise in the sense that another good movie got made. And thanks to 2009, we are in a terrible dearth of that. Matybe in 2010 i'll saciate my hunger for proper good cinema. Here's to DAYBREAKERS.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    I don't know if LET THE RIGHT ONE IN...

    by AsimovLives

    ... is the best vampyre movie ever made, but it certainly sit right at the very top of the crop. And those who do not think so, i pity the fools.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Why the hate for Neo-cons?

    by AsimovLives

    Because they are life-sucking retards who believe in the most stupid fantasies and mistake them for reality because they are so fucking idiots.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Children of Men with Vampires

    by AsimovLives

    As if that would be a bad thing.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Fuck neo-cons

    by AsimovLives

    Fuck neo-cons up in their fucking asses.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Children of Men with *insert anything* = good thing

    by FluffyUnbound

    I would preorder the "Children of Men With Gay Cowboys Eating Pudding" DVD.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    children of men = badly overrated

    by RedHorseVector

    amazing visuals with no story or purpose.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    "life sucks and then you don't die."

    by RedHorseVector

    according to the review i read this morning, this is an actual line of dialogue in this movie. i'm guessing the kate bush cover in the trailer was the most inspired thing about this flick. but i'll check it out.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    "Hallelujah. Praise Jeebus for chaaangin duh neo-con"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    As for the "fucking up their asses" - KY Cowboys tend to hang to the left? Or have you forgotten that?

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...this is two days in a row I find myself agreeing with you about multiple things. A bit troubling, that. <p> Undead was overhyped when it first hit for the same reasons most things that are overhyped (District 9 anyone...and Let the Right One in, for that matter) are. Because it was fresh and inventive, because it didn't follow the three acts and a cloud of crap formula to which most film product is forced to adhere. Bizarrely enough, some people respond favorably to that, so favorably, in many cases, that they end up praising the film more than it deserves. <p> I personally find the backlash phenomena more interesting. The need not to say, as would be the case with Undead, "this is a fun and original take on the zombie movie, a little uneven and with a couple bits that broke the flow of the narrative, but certainly in the top tier of zombie films", but "overrated crap and those guys that made it suck!". <p> There's horribly preciously little good horror out there, folks. Most good horror is low budget and/or independent. Undead was one of those, and with any luck Daybreakers will be another. <p> At any rate, I can't wait to see it.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    great movie!

    by Judge Briggs

    had lots of fun with it!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I pity the fools who think Children Of Men is over-rated

    by AsimovLives

    My pity for them is as big as Saint Francis of Assisi for the poor and sick and small animals.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Gay cowboys, by their very definition, live in the midwest, are neo-con sympathisers, believe everything the local deranged fanatical fundie evangelist says, and voted for George W. Bush twice. So there.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I think that in yoru post you just gave the movie the highest praise you could make by saying it's too short. I believe that really good movies are always too short.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by AsimovLives

    What made me really like UNDEAD is that the movie had a style and a vision of it's own. It was not just one zombie movie alike so many made before. It was it's own thing. And really, for a budget that was little more then one million dollars, if less, the movie had a lot of stuff in it, specially concerting the special effects. The Spierig Brothers really stretched their dollars for what it was worth and more. And that alone deserves respect and admiration.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Stupid logic holes.

    by Powerring

    The the future...95% vampires. Half the movie they chain smoke. WTF??? There is no reason for that other than blatent tobacco ad money. Second: 95% undead creature of the night that sticks to vampire conventions...yet they have lights everywhere! WTF for? Searching for the blood cure a' la omega man. This movie was ok, not great.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    anti-tobacco asshole

    by frank cotton

    they're DEAD already, they don't have to worry about cancer

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    @ frank cotton

    by Powerring

    You obviously suck cock with the same relentless energy as you pollute your lungs. I hope you get cancer and die a slow painful death.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    SUCKS. And not in a good way.

    by Phantom Einstein

    I was looking forward to this, but it's a pretty big snooze. The trailers made it look urgent and stylish but it's plodding and predictable. Ethan Hawke is his regular milquetoast self. This guy is gonna save the world? The so-called environmental "message" is a laugh. They're out of blood. And? Think about it. It's a movie where everyone's a vampire and there's a pocket of human resistance. HOW COOL COULD THAT HAVE BEEN? THE TENSION? THE FIGHT SEQUENCES? No. It's like everything that could have been cool about this concept is willfully sidestepped by the idiot twins. It's just not very good.

  • Jan. 9, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Not great.

    by The Dawgfan

    It's kind of a small movie. Some nice effects. But overall, small. Maybe I've been conditioned to think sci-fi should equal bigger sets and more effects than this film got. The reveal at the end is surprising but handeled poorly. I was confused by the editing. It should have been longer, and had more to it in general.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I hated this movie

    by RasporangePants

    I felt the same way about this as I did about District 9. It is a pretty fresh concept and has some really creative ideas, but it gets so retarded as it progresses that I just gave up on it.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by kitkats99

    I just returned from seeing this, and the only word I can think to describe it, is horrible. I actually hid my face in embarrassment towards the end of the movie and the friends I went with apologized for choosing it. Just a shit-fest from beginning to end.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Anyone who worries about smoking in movies is a fag.

    by FluffyUnbound

    And probably a closet censorship advocate as well. Take that Tipper Gore shit back to wherever you bought it.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Dammit, I was going to see it too!

    by RedJester

    Could it hurt them to have given this film a decent budget?! I guess I'll go see Invictus instead...

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit if they smoke?

    by RedJester

    I'm curious if they had been doing blow instead of smoking, would have had such a problem with it. What about drinking? People make too big a deal over smoking cigarettes in movies. If someone wants to try it, they'll try it anyways. And if they get addicted, well that's their own damn faults!

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    YES This movie is good.

    by Russman

    Yes, one can nitpick it to death but it is still cool. It's worth the $12. I really enjoyed this movie until the last 6 seconds when they ran out of money and just decided to end it.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    But even though it just ends....

    by Russman

    I still liked it. Had a much better and a more unique story than Avatar.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    loved it.

    by xalener

    "No, I feel fi-BEWARUGHGHGHE!!"

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by Dazzler69

    It was a great movie. Very creative. With new ideas about vamps. Story focused for once and good amounts of horror and gore. Smart also. Def worth a view.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    So this movie is better than Sub Species

    by Mr_Satan

    I don't know about it. That's a true vampire genre bender. I would love to see that in the theaters. Something that's scary and puts vampires where they belong in the shadows.

  • Jan. 10, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this!!

    by Logan5150

  • Jan. 11, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised there aren't more reviews from—

    by blakindigo

    Harry, Quint, Massa or Merrick on this one.

  • Jan. 11, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Saw It Yesterday

    by Jmacq

    Good Flick. Nice to see some Vampires with (pardon the expression) teeth. I felt like they really toed the line and maybe leaned a little too hard on the side of "too heavy" with the subtext, but all-in-all it was well worth my couple hours' (only if you include the previews and "pre-show entertainment") investment.

  • Jan. 11, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Good flick, glad I went to see this!

    by turketron_2

    Some great gore effects, refreshing to see a movie that isn't scared to show blood. The "cure buffet" scene at the end was nuts... anyone who has seen the movie knows what I'm talking about. I wish it had been a little longer too, hope there's a sequel.<p> There were a few really tense scenes though... the subsider home invasion was pretty wild.

  • Jan. 11, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    It's about time...

    by BeyondStatic

    ...vampires were scary again. Enough with this "pussification of America." Let's have some vampires scare the hell out of us again.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    It was "meh"

    by HongKongCavalier

    I noticed the constant smoking and, as a smoker, realized that smoking is essentially a substitute (a crutch) and I think that's how it was used in the movie. Edward didn't drink human blood, he drank animal blood, but it didn't have the same "kick" ... hence the smoking. The concept that there was no room for a cure AND a substitute, frankly, made the ending fail for me. If I were the CEO with a chance to corner BOTH markets, why would I want to eliminate one of them when I could make a crapload of money with both?? Wouldn't THAT have been perfect for the mythical "subcontext/hidden message"? Oh yeah ... The Scare Factor was non-existent.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    This movie desperately needed a re-write

    by Experimentalize

    The idea behind the "cure" was absolutely awful. They should have come up with something better. Not the masterpiece this website is trying to make it out to be.