sam neill

The DLB is hard at work writing a major feature on the sci-fi horror film Daybreakers. Set ten years after a plague has turned the majority of the world’s population into vampires, Daybreakers sees the vamps running out of blood, and humans are a precious commodity.

In addition to a Q&A with directors The Spierig Brothers (Undead), we also sat down with star Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, In The Mouth of Madness) for a chat about his character Charles Bromley, who heads the corporation which has cornered the blood market; his love of genre cinema; and why Daybreakers isn’t Twilight.

Look for the full story soon, but, in the meantime, here is a quote from Mr. Neill about those other teen vampire films:

“In those teen ones, the vampire is a sort of substitute for the disaffected teenager, isn’t it? No one understands them. They feel sexy. Teenagers kind of identify with that stuff because they see themselves in that. They’re apart from society, a society they don’t quite understand, that doesn’t quite understand them. So vampires fulfill a different function there, really. But here the outsiders are the humans. So everything’s kind of stood on its head, isn’t it? It’s an upside-down vampire world.”

Daybreakers opens January 8, 2010.

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