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Daybreakers is a good ole fashion down home romp in the dystopian future in which Vampires have killed off all but the last 5% of humans in the world.  Self indulgent beings that they are.  Never has there been a more fleshed out “VAMPIRE” world then what you see in this movie.  This movie should feed the hunger that vampire fans have been having for a “vampire” movie since they first heard about Twilight.

The movie opens with a montage of shots showing off this new future and how it works also by going through ALL the different vampire lure that we have grown up with and love.  I’m no vampire elitist but at the end of this movie I think I finally understood why vampire fans were so upset with what Twilight vampires turned out to be.  I mean after this movie its going to be really hard to make ANOTHER vampire film (though I bet if I spent five seconds at IMDB I could find about five coming out this year).  In short, vampires are bad ass again.

I really think the stars of this movie are the writing/directing team of the twin Spierig brothers from Australia (next up from down under, Bindi Irwin, she does the Hollywood tradition of rebooting a dead franchise in her direct to VHS movie Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove).  This movie was shot down there as well, but from either set pieces or CGI, the main city in the movie feels like its probably the biggest city in the new world.  The movie only cost 20 million to make, it feels like a lot more.  Whereas a movie like Zombieland had a similar budget but the world created in that movie did not feel as big and vast as the one created here.

Willem Dafoe

I just need a damn Twinkie!

Daybreakers is just a fun movie, pure enjoyment on every level.  It is obvious the Spierig brothers were more into shots and ideas rather then acting, I mean you don’t hire Ethan Hawke for his uniqueness, but you do hire Sam Neil and Willem Dafoe to make your job easier.  While all three are very professional I think the Spierig brothers got lucky because lesser actors could have brought this down, just look at Edward’s (Hawke) brother Frankie played by Michael Dorman he was pretty bad.  While Dafoe was fun in his role I could not help but think what if they had gotten Woodey’s character from Zombieland in that same role?  Dafoe was just a little bit wooden and awkward at times. 

The movie goes pretty much where you expect it to go, the concept of how to fix the vampire problem is pretty stupid….but I do not think I could have thought of a better one.  The abrupt ending leaves it open for a sequel, in the end its just a good time at the movies, and trust me you are going to want to see this in the movies just for the sound alone.  It’s loud.  You have not heard vampire shrieks like this before. 

One last thing, if you enjoyed the blood orgy of South Park’s Woodland Critter Christmas….just wait to you see their interpretation of it.

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42 responses to “THAT’S! HOW YOU VAMPIRE!”

  1. Jarv says :

    But Koutch, I seem to remember that Twilight made you moist, and this implies that you thought it was shit….

  2. Droid says :

    The problem with this review, is it could’ve been written by anyone.

  3. Droid says :

    No, Jarv. New Moon gave him the erection. He was only half-mast for Twilight.

  4. koutchboom says :

    Is the video showing up at the bottom of the review?

  5. koutchboom says :

    Oh yeah forgot to add something about the score. Sometimes it was a really good loud full orchestra then other times it sounded like a really bad cheesy B-movie with just a dude and a Yamaha keyboard. That was probably my biggest problem with the movie.

    In the credits it listed some full Australian orchestra.

  6. Jarv says :

    full Australian orchestra.

    A few pissed guys with a sheet of metal, a few rocks and a pipe to blow in does not constitute an Orchestra.

  7. koutchboom says :

    Also I should say that the most comparable movie to this would probably be Pitch Black.

  8. Bartleby says :

    Koutch, the video is there…I can see it…you do have a paragraph break in that paragraph that says Daybreakers is just a fun movie.

    Good review….


    That being said, what you fail to realize is that this and The Little Vampire are nearly the same identical movie in every respect save for actors, set design, script, fx, and approach.

    mine was over here:

  9. Jarv says :

    Yeah, I saw that.

    I was going to fix it, but then I thought fuck it, can’t be arsed.

  10. Jarv says :

    Heh, it’s just put the paragraph in a different place.

    Do you want me to have a look at it?

  11. Continentalop says :

    Seeing this tonight so I’m skipping your review until I get back.

  12. Lord Bronco says :

    Yeah, but how does it compare to Blown Away

  13. kloipy says :

    Good to hear we have a good vamp movie for a change
    I’m partial to Herzog’s Nosferatu

  14. kloipy says :

    Fright nIght is also great, of course the Hammer and Universal stuff is great as well. Best new vampire movie though, in my opinion is Let the Right One In. Fan fucking tastic

  15. Continentalop says :

    Just got back from it. Ok, but wasn’t blown away. Actually, slightly disappointed. Interesting premise that was given a paper thin plot.

    And the “acting” – Jesus. I think Chris Klien’s goal of bring back the Rod Cameron style of acting is having an effect. Unfortunately, these people aren’t as entertaining as Klein (or as bold in their non-choices).

    But the vampire blood orgy was good – imagine if during Dawn of the Dead, the zombies started turning on themselves.

    • koutchboom says :

      You had a problem with the acting? Anyone specific?

      • Continentalop says :

        The lead actress was terrible, but so was the brother and pretty much anyone who wasn’t a name actor. I think the reaso why is because they are all Ozzies and had to work to maintain their accents.

        William Defoe has some of the dumbest lines. They only work because of William Defoe.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah I didn’t like them either.

  16. Continentalop says :

    Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. One of the funnest vampire flicks.

  17. Jarv says :

    Captain Kronos is great fun.

    The Lost Boys is always entertaining as well

  18. Droid says :

    Just saw this. It was good. Not great, but it was fun and it created a believable world. Performances were decent. I thought the initial cure was a bit silly, but I really liked the subsequent result of the cure. And it felt like a good setup for a series. A good slice of somewhat intelligent schlock. Three changs out of four.

  19. ThereWolf says :

    Nice little review. I do want to see this, but it’ll probably on video. Just can’t seem to put aside cinema-time at the moment.

  20. herr milflover says :

    This movie ONLY cost 20 millions?????
    It looks like it cost a whole lot more. The Spierigs need to tell Hollywood where to shop to keep expenses down a bit.

    I really enjoyed the movie. Plenty of violence and gore and sweet sweet swearing. Dafoe rules, he needed more screen time, but Hawke channeling Keanu was a bit of a drag.
    The story was a nice twist on the vampire genre, I really like the stuff with the news anchor and the homeless vampires, bits like that really added to the characterization of their world. But it was dumb as fuck at times. That Dafoe ‘cure’ was like they couldnt come up with anything that made any kind of sense as to why he wasnt a vampire anymore, but it was absolutely necessary to advance the story so they just went ‘what the hell, car accident’. Yet it still made sense in the context of the movie somehow, go figure.

    Looking forward to Book Of Eli and Legion next. More shit that’s probably gonna be way more enjoyable than they have any right to be.

  21. Droid says :

    Todays lesson from Daywalkers

    Apart from the yellow eyes and nasty fangs, how do you tell a vampire from a human?

    Shampoo. Humans use it, vampires don’t.

    So next time you’re unsure whether someones friend or foe, take a whiff of their hair. If you don’t sense that intoxicating Herbal Essences aroma, then whip out the stake and start jabbin’.

    That is all.

  22. Jarv says :

    Fuck’s sake.

    The Tube will be a blood bath.

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