Posts Tagged ‘vampires’
Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 03:08 Written by Atilla Friday, 13 July 2012 12:39
One nation, under axe…
It was a pretty Sunday. The gloom and anger in the skies calmed down for just enough to allow the 5 of us to bike or cycle to the destination. It’d been so long since I cycled to Majorstujen that I had forgotten how much faster it is than using the bus. After being super-early I sat down for a beer on my own, wondering if anyone will actually show up. But how can you miss a film with such a spectacular title?
Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter. It might as well have been called The Pennsylvania Axe Massacre. It’s dark and gloomy and amazing; and apparently based on a book that is super-awesome. I can’t remember who praised it, but it was someone that is worth listening to, as far as I recall.
This is a Timur Bekmambetov movie, which makes it even more awesome. Before you ask – just like Adam did – “who?”, Timur is a Russian-Kazakh director that made two of my favourite movies – Night Watch and Day Watch, films also based on fairly good books with ridiculous story. And made in Russia. You should watch them.
If you wonder how on earth you go from Abraham Lincoln – president, father of nation and a banknote portrait to Abraham Lincoln – Vampire hunter, I can’t blame you. But I can’t spoil it for you, really, I can just say that it’s a fair enough plot. And it features wicked, swooshing, brutal ax-murder action afterwards, which should pretty much be all you need in order to go see it. Are you running to the cinema already? The fact that this is done in 3d and it’s done nicely should get you moving, if you’re still here reading this.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:38 Written by Atilla Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:20
As if the vampire/zombie/werewolf theme wasn’t exploited enough, we’ve recently seen a new rise in those types of movies. Luckily for Daybreakers, vampires pretty much act like vampires and die in all ways you expect them to die, nothing fancy or unusual there. And no mentions of crosses or garlic either, we can all agree that this is a Good Thing ™.
I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, because when I bought the tickets there were NO seats taken in the cinema at all. And this was the only cinema showing this movie in town and it was the premiere week. So … weak, i thought, then it turned out the movie wasn’t subtitled. Maybe this had some role to play, I dunno. Apparently no one noticed this curious fact until the end of the movie though.
Despite all this, I think Daybreakers was a pretty good production, with the exception of the extremely loud high-pitched screeching of various creatures every once in a while. That seriously hurt my over-used eardrums. Nevertheless, it’s mostly good stuff – the story is original in many ways. I mean, it’s a vampire movie, any little bit of originality scores way high on my scoreboard. It was actually very watchable without severe “oh, come on, WTF” moments. Furthermore, this is the first movie in a long time that can actually qualify for the “lotsablood” tag, that had fallen out of grace. Kudos to that.
And it has Willem Dafoe in it. This guy is a friggin’ genius and always manages to make his characters look seriously weird. I am trying to reveal as little plot as possible, this time, so I’ll just say that his character does not fail to deliver. He’s the guy with the brilliant idea of making day-time automobiles for vampires and at the same time the guy with bad-ass crossbows, that manages to always show up at exactly the right time to save the day/night.
It’s definitely a different type of movie, that is worth seeing. I’m not sure it’ll beat The Wolfman, since that one looks like it’s Sleepy Hollow with Benicio Del Toro starring, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that.
I also hope that those two will forever end the supernatural monster, blood-splatter genre. Zombieland already put a nice end to the zombies, time to get rid of vampires and werewolves and move on. One can hope …