Byzantium hopes to return danger to vampire movies
Irish director Neil Jordan has always been attracted to the supernatural and our darker psychological impulses. His films such as the dreamy The Company of Wolves, the bizarre coming-of-age tale The Butcher Boy, and the hallucinatory In Dreams, submerge viewers in their hypnotic dreamscapes and convey the dark fantastic in remarkably tactile ways.
Jordan's latest is called Byzantium, a vampire tale set in a coastal town about a 200-year-old teenager (Saoirse Ronan) and her even older mother (Gemma Arterton) who become involved with a local lad (Sam Riley) who befriends them. Vampires have certainly been fashionable again since the Twilight books and movies arrived on the scene. But Jordan's film sounds much more disturbing and interesting than anything Bella and Edward could handle.
Byzantium will get its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and here's hoping that it puts a little more danger and bite into the modern take on vampirism. You can check out a few new images that were just released here.
|Neil Jordan and Saoirse Ronan discuss Byzantium|