“Are you guys ready for a really bloody vampire movie?” Michael Spierig asked a pumped-up audience at Thursday’s premiere of “Daybreakers,” his sophomore feature with brother Peter Spierig. “This is not one of those sparkly type of vampire films,” he added before the School of Visual Arts Theater screening.
Despite being released during a vampire craze, pic’s Willem Dafoe said the Lionsgate horror pic came about prior to audiences’ fascination with the Cullen family.
“This movie’s genesis happened before the brothers knew that there was going to be this wave of interest in vampires,” thesp said. “We shot the film three years ago.”
At pic’s Tenjune after-party, star Ethan Hawke said that while the delayed release didn’t bother him, it certainly made him question his knowledge of the industry.
“The movie tested really well with audiences,” Hawke recalled. “The rules used to be that the studio held on to a movie because they didn’t like it, so it’s strange to me to have them sit on this movie for a year and then have them get behind it the way they are getting behind it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”