Hey, remember when vampires used to be scary? ¬†Remember that? ¬†They weren't always brooding teenagers who were in love that barely resemble what legend and literature tells us what a vampire is. ¬†They used to drink blood, have fangs, kill humans and be freaking scary, damnit!! ¬†It's good to know that the writing/directing team of The Spierig Brothers remember that and try to bring us back to the gory gusto that used to rule the vampire landscape. ¬†The bloodsuckers in Daybreakers are elegant, sophisticated and sexy...for the most part. ¬†That is until their blood supply runs out and then they turn into the snarling, ghastly beasts we vampire lovers have been missing. ¬†The movie takes place in 2019, after a virus has turned almost everyone into vampires who are now farming the remaining humans for blood. ¬†Ethan Hawke is the doctor working on getting vamps off blood and Willem DeFoe is a human resistance leader. ¬†Seems odd that two gifted actors, that I've had the pleasure of seeing perform quite challenging roles in the past, would agree to do such a wacky, futuristic horror movie. ¬†However, if I were to have read the script for this movie, I would've been excited to take part in it too. ¬†On paper, I'll bet this movie was brimming with originality, scares and action. ¬†Sadly for everyone who took part in this movie who thought that, only half of it came across on the screen. ¬†The originality seemed somewhat borrowed, the scares were effective but brief and the action was non-existent. ¬†But that's not to say that I wasn't entertained by this wayward horror. ¬†I've always been a sucker (no pun intended) for vampire movies, that is until they were turned into lovers and not biters; so, I feel like I'm willing to sit through anything that's about them to give it a chance. ¬†I was invested in the story from start to finish and was only mildly bored at times. ¬†I was let down at the lack of true horror splatter that I was expecting until the ending turned into a full out, blood-soaked orgy of violence, which teetered on parody at the directors' choices. ¬†But overall, there was just something missing from this movie. ¬†It seemed like an incomplete script. ¬†I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out that there's another half hour of footage that landed on the cutting room floor instead of the final print. ¬†Daybreakers was only about 100 minutes long, so half of that missing footage wouldn't have hurt and might have made this attempt at horror and action a little closer to the Bull's Eye than it was.
Daybreakers ¬†(Rated R)
Gavin Grade: C