…thank God!! or in this case, thank the writers of the movie Daybreakers. This Wit loves a good, thought provoking scary flick now and then, even a bit on the horror side, and this one delivered. This is a concept I don’t think was done before, at least not in this way. Set ten years into the future, Daybreakers sets up a world where nearly everyone has become infected with a vampire virus, and they have all the classic vampire traits we know and love: sunlight turns them to ash, no reflection in mirrors, supernatural strength, never aging, eternal life, and can only consume blood for sustenance. And this is where the story gets interesting…the few human that are left running around are hunted and saved for blood extraction to feed this immense population of monsters…who look pretty cool as everyday (or I should say every-night) citizens (above pic) who purchase a cup of blood like a visit to Starbucks. But the problem is…they are running out of humans, and thus they are running out of blood, a disaster of world-wide proportion. This becomes even more problematic when we find out that these lovely vampires turn into horrendous bat-like creatures when they are deprived of a certain amount of blood, and will literally attack their own for a feed.
Ethan Hawk – nice to see him, one of my favorites from 90s films, and Sam Neil is quite believable as a diabolical blood harvester, though he’s not as scary as I would have liked, and, well, got to love Wilhem Defoe, just because he’s Wilhem Defoe. Nice twist in this flick on the whole take of making blood substitutes for the vampire population, as well as the cure–which was the ultimate twist. I won’t give away what this cure is…simply too ironic.
Daybreakers I found fascinating all through…until the gore-fest climactic scene. True horror fans will probably laugh through it…but the bath of fake blood and flying limbs got to me. It’s just not my thing. But I liked this vamp movie anyway. After New Moon, I was ripe for some real action with some real interest. …Anyone thirsty?