Willem Dafoe Joins Ethan Hawke in Daybreakers

You don’t see sci-fi vampire movies very often. Well, there was “Lifeforce” in the ’80s, but I don’t recall any other movies that have tackled the subject. (“Ultraviolet” was one, but it was so awful, why even mention it? Oops, too late.) Your latest dose of futuristic vampirism comes courtesy of Aussie brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, whose last movie was the stylishly directed “Undead”, a film I just hated for its asinine and loathsome characters and terribly confusing plots. But I gotta admit, the movie had style to burn, and for a while there, it was pretty good. Until the characters started opening their mouths, anyway. But from everything I’ve heard, “Daybreakers” is shaping up to be a good yarn, especially with notable actors like Hawke, Sam Neill, and now, Dafoe joining the ranks of the undead.

The plot goes:

In the year 2017, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the dominant plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save the human race.

Via Dread Central, more about the movie from Hawke:

“I’m going to make a vampire picture and I’m going to chew on some necks. Willem Dafoe and I are dueling vampires. It’s a vampire movie set way in the future where everyone is a vampire and we’re all eating our own resources, so we’re trying to get off on foreign humans. We’re trying to get off of trying to create blood substitutes. It’s a big analogy about what’s going on now. It’s really dark and weird and everybody’s sucking each other’s blood.”

Oooh, everybody’s sucking each other’s blood sounds promising.

But please, Spierig brothers, don’t make me want to reach into the screen and choke your characters to death with my bare hands like you did with “Undead”. I swear, that movie just rankled me…

Willem Dafoe Joins Ethan Hawke in Daybreakers